Straight to the pool room: The Castle voted Australia’s top film

Jan 26, 2022
In a national poll The Castle has taken the top spot as Australia's favourite film. Source: Facebook/ @Working Dog

Australian films have always held a special place in the hearts of Aussie cinephiles, with their dry humour, unique style, and beautiful scenery they offer a respite from the glossy sometimes over-the-top blockbusters of Hollywood in favour of something relatable and familiar.

Whether it be the high octane action of the Mad Max series, the edge of your seat tension in Wolf Creek, or the glamour and spectacle of Moulin Rouge! everyone has an Australian film that they hold near and dear.

However, it seems the Australian public hold the 1997 hit The Castle above all others after voting in a recent poll saw the Aussie classic take the top spot.

The poll conducted by YouGov and published in The Daily Telegraph found Australians favoured the Aussie classic with Crocodile Dundee and Mad Max falling into second and third place, respectively.

Co-writer and director of The Castle, Rob told The Daily Telegraph the film’s popularity was down to the characters.

“Why has it endured? The cast played it beautifully. No small matter,” he said.

“Television repeats have also been a big part.”

Stitch said the popularity of the film was obvious when Australians started regularly reciting lines from the movie.

“Things like ‘How’s the serenity?’ We’d started using these phrases for our own amusement before the film came out. We understood that aspect better but it still surprised us. Especially when people started using lines that were more obscure, like ‘Dale dug a hole’,” he said.

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Happy Feet came in at fourth and fifth place. While 90s classic Muriel’s Wedding was ranked sixth and Babe followed in seventh place.

Nicole Kidman’s Moulin Rouge! and Romper Stomper rounded off the list. The same poll found Hugh Jackman as Australia’s most admired celebrity, beating out Cathy Freeman.

The Castle was filmed in 11 days on a budget of approximately $750,000. The film gained widespread acclaim in Australia and New Zealand and grossed $10,326,428 at the Australian box office.

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