Post # 1
I am in an Intercultural Communications class in college and our assignment is to feature a film that best shows a country’s culture. I am hoping you could point me in the direction of a movie that shows what Australia is all about. All suggestions are appreciated!! Thank you!
Post # 3
@Omgbunnies: I’m not sure whether any of these films are entirely accurate in capturing contemporary Australian society (there’s a fair few stereotypes), but they’re great films nonetheless.
– The Castle
– Muriel’s Wedding
– Priscilla Queen of the Desert
– Strictly Ballroom
Post # 4
Bump. The movie has to be like… Something I would show to a team of business partners going to Australia, what would I show them and say, “Expect this.”
Post # 5
@Omgbunnies: I’m laughing, but probably The Castle…
Def not Snowtown or Wolfcreek….
Post # 7
I don’t know thy I’ve ever seen an australian movie that wasn’t full of stereotypes or that only looked at one very niche subculture. the castle does show a lot about Australian values etc though…
Post # 8
I’d probably look at some of the more recent Australian films, such as ‘Any Questions for Ben’, ‘The Man who Sued God’, etc
Post # 9
As much as I love The Castle I don’t know that it’s what business people to Australia could expect to encounter here (other than some of the lines/phrases from it!), depending on who they are socialising or working with I guess. My migrant friends who have watched it also said they were glad they waited a few years after having moved to Australia in order to understand and ‘get’ the Australian humour in the movie as well.
I can’t really think of any other movie though that really depicts modern cultural life here sorry…Maybe something more modern though that has been recently released and depicts city life if that is where the visitors would be going. Any Questions for Ben etc.
Post # 10
This is a hard one! Australia from a few years back with Hugh Jackman could do it? Maybe?
I’d also recommend The Saphires as a great aussie movie, but it’s historical, so maybe not too relevent. Are they going to cities? or the bush?
Post # 11
@Omgbunnies: Quite frankly I don;t think any feature movie should be looked at as “expect this” for any culture, since movies never really depict real life. Seems like a silly assignment. Can you choose a documentary.
Post # 12
I am a Film and Drama teacher.
I agree at The Castle is a great (if a bit stereotyped example) of Australian culture but it was released in 1997 so is a bit dated.
Australia hosts Tropfest, the worlds best and biggest short film festival. Kitchen Sink Drama was a finalist in 2012 and is a very funny example of Australian humour and the way some everyday couples (mis) communicate. See below (duration- 5 mins)
Post # 13
@Nic01: Hahaha Snowtown came to mind when I was thinking about this too! Such a creepy film.
I actually think The Castle says a lot about Australian values and society. We watched it in first year constitutional law class at law school!
Post # 14
Red dog or Australia. I LOVE those movies!
Post # 15
No not really!
Its hard to sum it up in one film – we are so diverse, thats the great thing about Australia. We are a melting pot of culture.
Post # 16
@peonyinparis: Funy story My actual GP plays the the Doctor in the film. It freaked me out too much. I changed GP’s lol. FI still goes to him…weird…
@Lovemelovemyhorses: I got a chance to meet red dog at the show last year, but ithink he’s passed away now.
I really don’t think there is 1 film that depcits australia as a whole. Way too diverse!
Although i still think the castle should be THE movie. 🙂