Australian #52FilmsByWomen #DirectedByWomen – In Progress

by melissabrattoni | created - 01 Apr 2017 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

(To pledge visit: womeninfilm.org/52-films/) Recently completing the #52FilmsByWomen challenge I'm embarking on another year. This time as a further challenge to myself I will watch Australian films/directors of any genre, to fulfill my interest in this area.

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1. The Dressmaker (I) (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 49,433 | Gross: $2.02M

2. Berlin Syndrome (2017)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading

Votes: 20,100 | Gross: $0.03M

3. Oyster Farmer (2004)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A love story about a young man who runs away up an isolated Australian river and gets a job with eighth generation oyster famers.

Director: Anna Reeves | Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Jim Norton, Diana Glenn, David Field

Votes: 1,192

4. Don't Tell (2017)

110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

With help from a local lawyer, a young abuse survivor finds the courage to speak out when having a voice is her only option.

Director: Tori Garrett | Stars: Jack Thompson, Aden Young, Sara West, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 182

5. In the Cut (2003)

R | 119 min | Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

New York City writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective, who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Nuccio

Votes: 20,934 | Gross: $4.75M

6. Blessed (I) (2009)

113 min | Drama

Seven lost children wander the night streets while their mothers await their return home.

Director: Ana Kokkinos | Stars: Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Deborra-Lee Furness, Victoria Haralabidou

Votes: 664

7. Frisky (2015)

TV-MA | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

Two twenty-somethings move to San Francisco to chase their career, but end up chasing tail instead.

Director: Claudia Pickering | Stars: Claudia Pickering, Monica Ammerman, Brandon Wardle, Cameron Hunt

Votes: 110

8. Beautiful Kate (2009)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

A writer, Ned Kendall, is asked to return to the family home by his sister Sally, to say goodbye to his father who is dying. The family home is in a very remote and isolated area. While ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Ward | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Sophie Lowe, Maeve Dermody, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 3,244

9. Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

57 Metascore

A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.

Director: Julia Leigh | Stars: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Bridgette Barrett

Votes: 29,973 | Gross: $0.04M

10. 52 Tuesdays (2013)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

71 Metascore

16-year-old Billie's reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.

Director: Sophie Hyde | Stars: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Sam Althuizen, Imogen Archer, Del Herbert-Jane

Votes: 1,290

11. Inner Demon (2014)

84 min | Horror, Thriller

A teenage girl is abducted by a serial killer couple and manages to escape and find refuge in an isolated farmhouse, only to discover it is home to greater horrors and a malevolent spirit.

Director: Ursula Dabrowsky | Stars: Sarah Jeavons, Kerry Ann Reid, Andreas Sobik, Todd Telford

Votes: 345

12. Jasper Jones (2017)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

JASPER JONES is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Perkins | Stars: Levi Miller, Kevin Long, Toni Collette, Aaron L. McGrath

Votes: 2,739

13. Zelos (2017)

87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A man who would never cheat is asked by the woman he loves to have sex with someone else to save their relationship - a compromise which may ultimately destroy them, as love becomes corroded by jealousy.

Director: Jo-Anne Brechin | Stars: Ben Mortley, Shannon Ashlyn, Ainslie McGlynn, Jeanie Drynan

Votes: 43

14. Looking for Alibrandi (2000)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Woods | Stars: Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia, Elena Cotta, Kerry Walker

Votes: 2,918

15. David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017)

97 min | Documentary

For most people, movies are entertainment. For one man, they're a way of life.

Director: Sally Aitken | Stars: David Stratton, Phillip Adams, Anthony Ahern, Gillian Armstrong

Votes: 91

16. Looking for Grace (2015)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

After a teenage girl named Grace goes missing, her parents along with the help of an investigator seek to find her, while also juggling their own secrets and stories between them.

Director: Sue Brooks | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Richard Roxburgh, Odessa Young, Kenya Pearson

Votes: 286

17. Out of the Shadows (I) (2017)

TV-14 | 88 min | Thriller

A newly married detective and his pregnant wife move into their dream home unaware of its dark history. When his wife claims their baby is being tormented by a supernatural force and seeks ... See full summary »

Director: Dee McLachlan | Stars: Goran D. Kleut, Lisa Chappell, Jake Ryan, Helmut Bakaitis

Votes: 248

18. Irresistible (2006)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A wife and mother is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family.

Director: Ann Turner | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Emily Blunt, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 5,652

19. Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 6,301 | Gross: $1.51M

20. The Black Balloon (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?

Director: Elissa Down | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson

Votes: 8,357 | Gross: $0.09M

21. Cargo (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

After an epidemic spreads all over Australia, a father searches for someone willing to protect his daughter.

Directors: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke | Stars: Simone Landers, Martin Freeman, Marlee Jane McPherson-Dobbins, Lily Anne McPherson-Dobbins

Votes: 30,980

22. The Butterfly Tree (2017)

TV-14 | 97 min | Drama

Evelyn, a burlesque queen, bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son, Fin with her zest for life. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old... See full summary »

Director: Priscilla Cameron | Stars: Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould, Sophie Lowe

Votes: 383

23. The Second (2018)

94 min | Mystery, Thriller

The persona of a celebrated author is threatened when her best friend and muse reveals the dark secret behind her first novel's provenance, igniting an incendiary tale of sex, lies and betrayal.

Director: Mairi Cameron | Stars: Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks

Votes: 249

24. Sunday (V) (2014)

71 min | Drama, Romance

Eve and Charlie are about to have a baby but they are no longer together. After years of history and months of separation they have 24 hours to find their way forward. Set in Christchurch, ... See full summary »

Director: Michelle Joy | Stars: Camille Keenan, Dustin Clare, Jacob Tomuri, Steve Wrigley

Votes: 165

25. Lost Gully Road (2017)

80 min | Horror, Thriller

Lucy travels to an isolated house in the forest to wait for her sister. They have worked out a risky scheme for their future and all she needs to do is sit it out. However a sinister presence may have something different in mind.

Director: Donna McRae | Stars: Adele Perovic, John Brumpton, Jane Clifton, Eloise Mignon

Votes: 80

26. The Waiting City (2009)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

A mystic-infused love story that follows a young couple's journey to India to collect their adopted baby.

Director: Claire McCarthy | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Joel Edgerton, Samrat Chakrabarti, Isabel Lucas

Votes: 770

27. Strange Colours (2017)

85 min | Drama

Milena travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father. Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom. Soon, he doesn't want her to leave.

Director: Alena Lodkina | Stars: Kate Cheel, Daniel P. Jones, Justin Courtin, Terence 'Rat' Lohse

Votes: 111

28. Judy & Punch (2019)

105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule.

Director: Mirrah Foulkes | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Kiruna Stamell, Benedict Hardie

Votes: 582

29. The Nightingale (I) (2018)

R | 136 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Michael Sheasby, Claire Jones

Votes: 11,903 | Gross: $0.39M

30. Suburban Wildlife (2019)

90 min | Drama

Following their recent graduation, 4 friends distract themselves from the looming responsibilities of adulthood. But as the boundaries between real and surreal blur, they are faced with decisions that will define the rest of their lives.

Director: Imogen McCluskey | Stars: Maddy McWilliam, Hannah Lehmann, Priscilla Doueihy, Alex King

Votes: 30

31. Angel of Mine (2019)

R | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

47 Metascore

A woman grieving over the death of her daughter loses grip of reality when she begins to think her girl may still be alive.

Director: Kim Farrant | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Rebecca Bower, Luke Evans, Finn Little

Votes: 6,199

32. Undertow (I) (2018)

96 min | Drama, Thriller

Struggling to accept the loss of her baby, Claire becomes suspicious of her husband's relationship with a feisty young woman, Angie.

Director: Miranda Nation | Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Josh Helman, Laura Gordon, Rob Collins

Votes: 34



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