Here are 26 films. Think about how many you’ve seen:
1. 100 Bloody Acres
3. Backyard Ashes
5. Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust
6. The Darkside
8. The Earth Wins
11. The Great Gatsby
12. Hidden Universe 3D
13. I am a Girl
14. In Bob We Trust
15. Lygon Street – Si Parla Italiano
16. Mary Meets Mohammed
17. Mystery Road
19. Red Obsession
20. Return to Nim’s Island
21. The Rocket
22. The Railway Man
23. Satellite Boy
24. Save Your Legs
25. The Turning
26. Unchartered Waters: the Wayne Lynch Story
How did you go? I’ve only seen three (The Great Gatsby, I am a Girl and Goddess). I might be able to up that to four if my friend and I get our lives together and manage to find a time to see The Railway Man.
These are 26 Australian films that received a cinema release for the first time in 2013.
Local cinema is an interesting thing to think about at this time of year, when we’re all caught up in awards season and rushing to see the films nominated for Best Picture before The Oscars roll around in March.
Ninety one per cent of Australians believe that having a local film industry is important, with one in five citing the need to stop Australian culture from being overwhelmed by Hollywood films as their primary reason for a local industry. But, does that sentiment translate across to bums on seats?
Only two of these films were ranked in Australia’s top 100 for box office takings (The Great Gatsby, ranked #6, and The Railway Man, ranked #64). And, let’s be honest, the Luhrmann epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the movie with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth in it are obviously the outliers in this group.