In the 1970s and 80s, there was a surge of films out of Australia that came to be known as “The Australian Film Renaissance” or “Australian New Wave.” This was followed in the 1990s by the “Post New Wave” period. Presumably we have now entered the “Post Post New Wave” or perhaps the Ebb Tide. The undisputed culture hero of the New Wave was aboriginal actor-dancer David Gulpilil. A full list of his movies will be found in Outback: Aboriginal Australia.

Gallipoli  (1981)

We of the Never Never  (1982)

Crocodile Dundee  (1986)

Picnic at Hanging Rock  (1975)

A Cry in the Dark  (1988)

Sweetie  (1989)

Flirting  (1991)

Sirens  (1993)

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert  (1994)

Muriel’s Weddng  (1994)

The Dish  (2001)

Black and White  (2002)

The Road from Coorain  (2002)

Japanese Story  (2003)

Samson and Delilah  (2009)

Bilibo (2009)

Among other important films from the Renaissance, see  Walkabout (1971),

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)The Sapphires  (2012), and Australia  (2008).


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