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The Goddess of 1967 (Australia, 2000)

Directed by Clara Law. Cast: Rose Byrne, Rikiya Kurokawa, Nicholas Hope, Elise McCredie. A Japanese man searching for his dream car, a 1967 Citroen DS, travels all the way to Australia to purchase it. When he meets a gorgeous blind girl, the unlikely couple embarks on a strange and erotic journey into the arid Australian desert. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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The Last Days Chez Nous (1991)

Directed by Gillian Armstrong. Cast: Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox, Miranda Otto, Kiri Paramore, Bill Hunter. Beth, a successful writer of great energy and humour lives with her French husband, daughter by her first marriage and a lodger in an inner-city home known as Chez Nous. Despite tension, everyone gets along until the return from overseas of Beth's much younger sister. 86 min. Credits and information from the Internet Movie Database
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The Last Wave (1977)

Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow, Vivean Gray. The story of a lawyer defending a group of Australian aboriginals accused of killing one of their own. He suspects the victim has been killed for violating a tribal taboo, but the defendants deny any tribal association. Plagued by apocalyptic visions, he slowly realizes his own involvement with the aborigines... and their prophecies. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (Australia / New Zealand, 1988)

Directed by Vincent Ward. Cast: Hamish McFarlane, Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Marshall Napier, Noel Appleby, Paul Livingston, Sarah Peirse, Desmond Kelly. Nine year old Griffin is haunted by fragments of a dream .... It is Cumbria 1348, the year of the Black Death. A medieval mining town lives in fear of the advancing plague. Griffin's older brother Connor returns from the outside world in a state of despair, until Griffin tells of his dream and reveals their only source of survival. Make tribute to God. Place a spire on a distant cathedral. Do it before dawn or the village will be lost.

The Piano (Australia / New Zealand / France, 1993)

Directed by Jane Campion. Cast: Holly Hunter, Sam Neill, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin. A young mute woman and her child travel to New Zealand in the 1800's for an arranged marriage to a farmer there. After the marriage she meets another man, and the competition for her love begins. Only one of the men realizes that her affections can only be won through her beloved piano. 93 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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The Quiet American (Australia/USA, 2002)

Director: Phillip Noyce. Cast: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen, Tzi Ma, Robert Stanton, Holmes Osborne, Pham Thi Mai Hoa, Quang Hai, Rade Sherbedgia. A story that led to the events of the United States military involvement in Vietnam. Here, a love triangle between a British journalist, his mistress, and a mysterious CIA operative evolves into a much greater mystery that eventually leads to murder and deception. Based on the novel by Graham Greene (MAIN: PR6013.R44 Q5 1996; MOFF: PR6013.R44 Q5 1996) 101 min.

The Quit Earth (New Zealand, 1985)

Directed by Geoff Murphy. Cast: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Peter Smith. At exactly 6:12 a.m., government research scientist Zac Hubson awakens to discover that he may be the last man on Earth. Homes, highways and entire cities are deserted. He soon learns down the road that he isn't alone, one woman and a Maori trucker are still there. 91 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Rage in Placid Lake (Australia, 2003)

Directed by Tony McNamara. Cast: Ben Lee, Rose Byrne, Garry McDonald, Christopher Stollery, Nicholas Hammond, Francis McMahon, Saskia Smith, Miranda Richardson. Rage in Placid Lake: A comedy drama about two parentally neglected teenagers, Placid Lake and Gemma, who find the courage to believe in themselves. 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) (Australia, 1982)

Directed by George Miller. Cast: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps, Vernon Wells. A former police officer is now a lone wanderer, travelling through a post-apocalyptic Australia looking for the now-priceless fuel of petrol. He lives to survive and is none too pleased when he finds himself the only hope of a small group of honest people running a remote oil refinery. He must protect them from the bike gang that is terrorizing them, while transporting their entire fuel supply to safety. 94 min.

The Singing Detective (Australia | UK, 1986)

Directed by Jon Amiel. Cast: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, Janet Suzman. The hallucinations of a mystery writer stricken with a crippling skin disorder interweave memories of his past with a plot casting him in the role of a suave sleuth who croons with a big band. Vol. 1. Skin -- Vol. 2. Heat -- Vol. 3. Lovely days -- Vol. 4. Clues -- Vol. 5. Pitter patter -- Vol. 6. Who done it. Approx. 70 min. each Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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