Next time you're hard up for something to watch you might want to check these out some of my favorite flix from Australia and new Zealand. Granted, some of them are a bit on the old side, some of them have that strange sense of weirdness they're noted for downunder, but all of them are worth a watch.
Based on the true story of a group of girls from a women's college who go on a Valentine's Day picnic. Three of them and their teacher mysteriously disappear, never to be seen or heard from again. Their bodies were never found either. Very effective telling of an event that was never explained.
Another one based on a true story. This one's about little girls (half white, half Aboriginal) who escape from the "school" in which they have been placed and try to return home--all the while being tracked by those who wanted them back where they belonged. Aboriginal children were separated from their parents in an effort to help them "better" themselves and become servants for the whites.
Coming of age romantic comedy about a boy at a boarding school who falls in love with a girl in a boarding school across the lake. The problem is she's African--actually they have lots of problems. since this is a commentary on Australian hangups in general. Nicole Kidman in a supporting role.
Before there was LORD OF THE RINGS there was DEAD ALIVE! Every film fan who thinks Peter Jackson is all about fairies, elves, and hobbits should check out his early work like BAD TASTE, MEET THE FEEBLES, and this one!
See the full review, "The Goriest Zombie Comedy Ever Made?".
A church offical and his wife arrive from England in an attempt to stop an Australian painter from exhibiting his painting which combine religous and sexual themes. Who will win in the end though? Sam Neill, Hugh Grant, Elle MacPhearson.
The story of a young Maori girl who, through a quirk of fate, finds herself in the position of being the only person available to lead her people upon her grandfather's future death. The Maouri however, are a patrilineal people and she must prove herself worthy.