Australian Movies

Some excellent movies are set in Australia, so if you would like to get a taste of the land Down Under but can’t actually visit yourself, why not try one of these on for size?

Australia. This 2008 romance is set against the dramatic backdrop of World War II. Epic in scope, it stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, and it deals with the plight of aborigines, the dark-skinned people who inhabited Australia before it was colonised. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, it is part splashy spectacle, part gritty historical drama.

Crocodile Dundee. This light-hearted 1986 film starring Paul Hogan is Australia’s all-time highest-grossing movie. It deals with the title character, who is an expert outdoorsman and helps guide a sophisticated American woman through the wilds of Australia. The movie was designed to appeal to a broad audience outside of Australia, and it is responsible for giving many people from other countries their first impression of the smallest continent.

Rabbit-Proof Fence. This tragic 2002 film recounts the experience of three Aborigine children with white fathers who were forced from their homes and taken to live in a boarding school 1500 miles away. The movie celebrates the ingenuity of the children, each played by unseasoned child actors, and denounces the cruelty of the government in separating families from each other.

Finding Nemo. For fun for the whole family, this 2003 Pixar flick is hard to beat. While most of it takes place in the ocean or in the aquarium of a Sydney dentist’s office, the Australian city is integral to the plot, as is the current that takes Nemo’s father and his new friend Dory there. The visual spectacle is truly eye-popping.

The Rescuers Down Under. Another family-friendly movie is this 1990 animated Disney feature, a sequel to The Rescuers, which came out 13 years earlier. In it, a pair of mice travel to Australia to rescue a young Australian with a passion for wildlife, as he has been kidnapped by a notorious poacher. The glorious animated rendition of the Outback is a joy to behold.

These are just a few of the dozens of films with an Australia connection. Why not take a cinematic trip to Australia today?