I recently read an article on Australian cinema and how it has been performing over the past few years. To be honest, I fit well into the type of person this article was referencing - the type of person that did not want anything to do with Australian cinema. It is quite sad to admit because I love supporting my country, but I just couldn't get through an Aussie film that was riddled with stereotypes of the people that live here. And I also, generally, don't like many films set in the outback (e.g. westerns, cowboys, lots of dust, etc.). I find that a lot of Aussie films exaggerate, what I like to call, the bogan accent. It's already harsh enough without filmmakers getting their actors to further amplify it. It would seem that others agree with me (for the same reasons or their own) as over the last few years, Australian cinema has been on the decline.
However, this year, has been quite the turnaround. Perhaps it was because of the star power added to the films, or the fact that this year's batch have focussed more on the actual story rather than how Australian the actors sound (I personally think the latter). Although some will have their own opinions, I really enjoyed The Water Diviner, which starred Russell Crowe. The emotions you go through watching that film really brings you into it - it was just so raw and beautiful.
On the other end of the spectrum was Mad Max: Fury Road. Now, I may be biased, but it was fantastic. I got to stare at Tom Hardy for a whole film *melt*. To be frank, I actually haven't watched any other Mad Max film before, so I didn't really understand the whole thing. But, there was action - and I like action.
I am yet to watch Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth (*swoon*) in The Dressmaker, but it is definitely on my watch list.
I'm so glad the Australian cinema is getting more attention. We're a good bunch - our film industry deserves to be recognised.
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