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List of Australian films


  • 1890s–1930s 1
  • 1940s-1970s 2
  • 1980s 3
  • 1990s 4
  • 2000s 5
  • 2010s 6
  • See also 7
  • External links 8
  • References 9


Australian filmmakers were at the forefront of cinema and film, having created what is considered the first feature length narrative film with the release of The Story of the Kelly Gang and other early films by directors John Gavin, W. J. Lincoln and Alfred Rolfe.

Notable Australian films of the early 1900s:


The mid-1900s had a slow start for Australian film, although saw the first Academy Award won for an Australian film, Kokoda Front Line!. The industry picked back up during the 1970s with one of the first internationally released films Picnic at Hanging Rock and there was also the success of the series of Mad Max franchise films.

Notable Australian films of the 1940s-1950s:

Notable Australian films of the 1960s:

Notable Australian films of the 1970s:


The Man from Snowy River was a highly acclaimed Australian film released in the 1980s, along with Crocodile Dundee which boosted the nation's economy and tourism industry. The Year My Voice Broke is also held in high regard, also having been released in this decade.

Notable Australian films of the 1980s:


The 1990s saw the release of the cult classics Muriel's Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in 1994 and The Castle in 1997. Strictly Ballroom was also a successful and influential release.

Notable Australian films of the 1990s:


2000s in the history of Australian film has had some mixed successful films from Moulin Rouge! revitalizing the musical film genre, award winning short film Harvie Krumpet, and box office success Happy Feet.

Notable Australian films of the 2000s:


See also

External links

National bodies

  • Screen Australia
  • National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA)
  • Australian Film Commission (AFC)
  • Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS)
  • Film Australia
  • Australian Film Finance Corporation (FFC)
  • Australia Council
  • Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC)
  • Australian Film Institute (AFI)
  • Australian Screen Directors Association (ASDA)
  • Film and Television Institute, Perth (FTI)

State bodies

  • Pacific Film & Television Commission
  • Film Victoria
  • South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC)
  • New South Wales Film and Television Office (NSWFTO)
  • Darwin Film Society
  • Melbourne Super 8 Film Group
  • NT Filmmakers Association
  • ACT Filmmakers' Network


  • Film Org Au


  • Flickerfest Short Film Festival
  • Melbourne Queer Film & Video Festival
  • Tropicana/Tropfest Short Film Festival
  • IF (Inside Film magazine) Awards
  • Brisbane International Film Festival
  • Festival of Perth Film Season
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Newtown Flicks Short Film Festival

Collections and Resources

  • australianscreen Australia's audiovisual heritage online
  • filmtvbiz
  • ACMI Collections
  • AFI Library
  • Cinephilia
  • Australian War Film Archive
  • Australian WWW Film & Television Production Service

Other various

  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
  • Reading Room resources


  1. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". Retrieved 15 June 2012. 

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