Top 10 Australian films paired with recipes from Down Under
Australia has been making films since 1906 when it produced one of the first feature films in the world, The Story of the Kelly Gang. Yep, this li’l country ain’t doing too bad in celluloid land. If you’re new to Aussie cinema (or just want to relive it), here are my top 10 Australian films of all time.
1. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Get your tissues ready. I literally sobbed in the car after watching this amazing film at the cinema. It’s based on the true story of three Aboriginal children who ran away from a settlement and followed the rabbit-proof fence through the dessert back to their home where they had been taken by white men. It’s such a great movie. You must check it out.
2. Moulin Rouge (2001)
It’s hip, it’s happening, it’s Baz Luhrmann’s epic fabulous musical movie, Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. There’s a call girl who swings through the air, faints, bleeds and bats her fancy eyes at a starving writer who is mistaken for a rich prince. The real prince is a bit of a pathetic loser but with power and the love triangle gets dramatic as the music swells and the hearts pump. It’s fun, sad, triumphant, romantic. Check it out.
3. Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
This movie launched Toni Colette’s career with gusto, oomph and a flourish. It’s a great little movie about family, revenge, love and life. Colette plays Muriel Heslop who dreams of marrying a handsome dude but is stuck at home with a bit of a loser family until the day she steals some cash, heads to an island and stands up to some snooty school friends with another pal Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths). Her life takes off, then gets worse, then better, then sadder, then… well watch it and find out. It’s a fabulous film, worth every minute.
As a proud Aussie, I’m so happy to introduce you to some of our delicious national recipes. I hope you’ll be able to give them a go and enjoy a taste of Australia in your own home. Let’s start with something I had for lunch… Fair Dinkum Mini Sausage Rolls from Taste.com.au .
4. Strictly Ballroom (1992)
Another Baz Luhrmann movie, so you know what that means; bright colours, characters and music. Ballroom dancer, Scott Hastings (Paul Mercurio) is abandoned by his dance partner after trying some new moves weeks before the Pan-Pacific competition so he gets paired up with daggy Fran (Tara Morice) who learns to dance with her handsome fella, just in time for the big day. Lights, camera, fake tan! Check it out.
5. Gallipoli (1981)
Wow, what a movie. If you like war films, you’ll love this. Like all amazing movies, it’s based on a real events, although the characters are fictional. Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) is a champion runner who enlists for the army with a twinkle in his eye as he looks forward to the adventure of a lifetime. Then there’s Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson), a runner who also signs up. They end up serving together in one of the worst days of the war for the Aussies, where their skills on the track get used for the glory of their country. It’s heartbreaking and brilliant.
6. Gettin’ Square (2003)
If you haven’t discovered the awesome David Wenham, here’s your chance. This is a so-called crime caper film about criminals who keep digging themselves into more and more debt and the hilarious ways they try to get themselves out of a serious pickle. It also stars Sam Worthington from Avatar. It’s a bit of Aussie fun, see it for yourself.
We love our seafood in Australia… and our tropical fruit so why not combine them? Here’s our main dish… Curtis Stone’s Pineapple Glazed Barramundi with Grilled Avocado and Mango from Ninemsn. Tick, tick, tick! Oh, my!
7. The Bank (2001)
Here goes David Wenham again! Gotta love that bloke. This time he plays Jim Doyle, a smarty-pants math legend who works out a way to screw the big banks with his massive brain. Go Jimmy! You’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting to see if he’ll get caught. It’s a great film-age.
8. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Spooooooky! This movie tells the story (true or not we’re not told) about a group of school girls in 1900 who go off on a picnic with their teachers and then disappear, never to be seen again and how it changed their hometown. This is a very atmospheric film that is guaranteed to give you chills. Check it out.
There are so many delish desserts to choose from in our fabulous country. But I’ve chosen a favourite of mine in giant form. It’s Passionfruit Vanilla Slice recipe from Ninemsn.
9. Lantana (2001)
Another mystery, this time set in modern times but still a fabulous film full of questions, twists and MURDER! It has a stellar cast including Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey and Kerry Armstrong. This film is all about relationships, faithfulness and family with a good dose of justice and stuff. Watch it.
10. The Castle (1997)
Now for a bit of light relief after those heavy films. This lovely film is about a humble family who is so proud of their little home (right next to the airport runway) that when Melbourne airport tries to take their ‘castle’ from them, they stand up against this giant, get out their sling and go to town on ‘him’… via a lawyer. It’s funny, so very Australian and heart-warming. You’ll love it.