Don’s Party (1976)

BRUCE BERESFORD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Australia, 1976. Double Head, The Australian Film Commission. Screenplay by David Williamson, based on his play. Cinematography by Donald McAlpine. Produced by Phillip Adams. Production Design by Rhoisin Harrison. Costume Design by Anna Senior. Film Editing by William M. Anderson. It’s the night of the 1969 parliamentary…

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The Last Days Of Chez Nous (1992)

GILLIAN ARMSTRONG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Australia, 1992.  Jan Chapman Productions, The Australian Film Commission, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Film Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by Helen Garner.   Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by Jan Chapman.  Music by Paul Grabowsky.   Production Design by Janet Patterson.  Costume Design by Janet Patterson.   Film Editing by Nicholas Beauman….

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Bush Christmas (1983)

HENRI SAFRAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Australia, 1983.  The Australian Film Commission, Barron Entertainment, Bush Christmas Productions Pty. Ltd., Film and Television Institute W.A., Queensland Film Corporation.  Screenplay by Ted Roberts.  Cinematography by Ross Berryman, Malcolm Richards.  Produced by Gilda Baracchi, Paul D. Barron.  Music by Mike Perjanik.  Production Design by Darrell Lass.  Costume Design by Utopia Road.  Film Editing by Ron Williams. Charming family…

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Starstruck (1982)

GILLIAN ARMSTRONG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia, 1982.  The Australian Film Commission, Palm Beach Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen MacLean.  Cinematography by Russell Boyd.  Produced by Richard Brennan, David Elfick.  Music by Jeff Burstin, Joe Camilleri, Tony Faehse, Paul Kelly, Sean Kelly, Mark Moffatt.  Production Design by Brian Thomson.  Costume Design by Luciana Arrighi, Terry Ryan.  Film Editing by Nicholas Beauman.   There would be…

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The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey (1988)

VINCENT WARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia/New Zealand, 1988.  Arenafilm, Film Investment Corporation of New Zealand, The Australian Film Commission, New Zealand Film Commission, John Maynard Productions. Screenplay by Geoff Chapple, Kely Lyons, Vincent Ward.  Cinematography by Geoffrey Simpson.  Produced by John Maynard.  Music by Davood A. Tabrizi.  Production Design by Sally Campbell.  Costume Design by Glenys Jackson.  Film Editing by John Scott.  …

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Radiance (1998)

RACHEL PERKINS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Australia, 1998.  AndyInc., Eclipse Films, Joanna Baevski & Michael Myer, New South Wales Film & Television Office, Premium Movie Partnership, SBS Independent, The Australian Film Commission.  Screenplay by Louis Nowra, based on his play.  Cinematography by Warwick Thornton.  Produced by Ned Lander, Andrew Myer.  Music by Alistair Jones.  Production Design by Sarah Stollman.  Costume Design…

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The Wedding Party (1997)

CHERIE NOWLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 Alternate title:  Thank God He Met Lizzie Australia, 1997.  Stamen Films Pty. Ltd., The Australian Film Commission, New South Wales Film & Television Office.  Screenplay by Alexandra Long.  Cinematography by Kathryn Milliss.  Produced by Jonathan Shteinman.  Music by Martin Armiger.  Production Design by Clarissa Patterson.  Costume Design by Edie Kurzer.  Film Editing by Suresh Ayyar.   Lamenting the lack…

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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PHILLIP NOYCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia, 2002.  Rumbalara Films, The Australian Film Commission, Australian Film Finance Corporation, Lotteries Commission of Western Australia, Olsen Levy, Showtime Australia.  Screenplay by Christine Olsen, based on the book Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington.  Cinematography by Christopher Doyle.  Produced by Phillip Noyce, Christine Olsen, John Winter.  Music by Peter Gabriel.  Production Design by…

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Proof (1991)

JOCELYN MOORHOUSE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Australia, 1991.  House & Moorhouse Films, The Australian Film Commission, Film Victoria.  Screenplay by Jocelyn Moorhouse.  Cinematography by Martin McGrath.  Produced by Lynda House.  Music by Not Drowning Waving.  Production Design by Paddy Reardon.  Costume Design by Kerri Mazzocco.  Film Editing by Ken Sallows.   Jocelyn Moorhouse’s first film is still her best. A blind…

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Innocence

PAUL COX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.   A letter arrives to an aging, married woman and turns out to be from a man with whom she was in love as a young woman. He is now widowed and anxious to reconnect with her after nearly fifty years, which she agrees to and, when they…

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Cactus (1986)

PAUL COX Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.  Australia, 1986.  The Australian Film Commission, Dofine Productions, Film Victoria.  Screenplay by Paul Cox, Bob Ellis, Norman Kaye, Morris Lurie.  Cinematography by Yuri Sokol.  Produced by Jane Ballantyne, Paul Cox.  Production Design by Asher Bilu.  Costume Design by Aphrodite Kondos.  Film Editing by Tim Lewis.   Isabelle Huppert shines in this understated drama by Australia’s…

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The Piano (1993)

JANE CAMPION Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Australia/New Zealand/France, 1993.  CiBy 2000, Jan Chapman Productions, The Australian Film Commission, New South Wales Film & Television Office.  Screenplay by Jane Campion.  Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh.  Produced by Jan Chapman.  Music by Michael Nyman.  Production Design by Andrew McAlpine.  Costume Design by Janet Patterson.  Film Editing by Veronika Jenet.   Holly Hunter revives her career with her…

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