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Australia & New Zealand

The Sundowners (UK / Australia, 1960)

Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns, Dina Merrill, Chips Rafferty, Michael Anderson. Sheep drovers, Paddy, Ida, and their son Sean are always on the move. Ida and Sean want to settle down on a farm, but Paddy who can't bear being "tied down" wants to keep moving. A sheep-shearing contest, child birth, drinking, and a race horse all play a part in the final decision. Based on the novel by Jon Cleary. 133 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Tracker (Australia, 2002)

Directed by Rolf de Heer. Cast: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau, Grant Page, Noel Wilton. Set in 1922 in the outback, the story follows three mounted policemen and an Aboriginal tracker on a mission to bring to justice a black man accused of murdering a white woman. The party's leader is a sadistic racist known simply as the Fanatic. Their guide, the Tracker, is a resourceful and complex character, who keeps everyone guessing until the end. They are constantly half a day behind the Fugitive. Frustrations spill over as the tension mounts.

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

Directed by Peter Weir. Cast: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Murphy, Linda Hunt. Guy Hamilton, an ambitious Australian reporter on his first overseas assignment, is befriended by a short Eurasian cameraman who has connections in high places. Hamilton soon gains an entree to Indonesian Communist Party leaders, as well as insight into Jakarta's grim realities on the eve of a major political upheaval. From the novel by C.J. Koch. 115 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Two Friends (Australia, TV, 1986)

Director, Jane Campion. Cast: Kris Bidenko, Emma Coles, Kris McQuade, Peter Hehir, Alison Kerry Dwyer. Two teenage friends become estranged when the once conventional Kelly becomes a mohawk-wearing punker who experiments with drugs and casual sex. This debut feature film of producer/director Jane Campion, remains one of her finest films. 79 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Utu (New Zealand, 1983)

Directed by Geoff Murphy. Cast: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Wi Kuki Kaa, Kelly Johnson, Tim Elliot. Set in New Zealand against the bloody Maori Indian uprisings of 1870, Geoff Murphy's Utu is both a visceral adventure film and a devastating critique of British colonialism. The film centers around a Maori tribesman, who vows "utu"--the ritualistic revenge demanded by his culture, when his family and village are destroyed in a raid by the British Army. 122 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Walkabout (UK, 1982)

Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Cast: Jenny Agutter, Lucien John [i.e, Luc Roeg], David Gumpilil [i.e., Gulpilil], John Meillon. Stranded in the Australian desert two city children, an English girl and her small brother, are rescued by an Aborigine boy who has journeyed into the outback on his "walkabout"--a tribal initiation into manhood. Based on the novel by James Vance Marshall [i.e., Ian Cameron]. 93 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2002)

Directed by Niki Caro. Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis, Grant Roa, Mana Taumaunu, Rachel House. The Whangara people believe their ancestor Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positions to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. But then a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister survives and the little girl, Pai, is brought up by her grandparents.

Where the Green Ants Dream (Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen) (West Germany / Australia, 1984)

Directed by Werner Herzog. Cast: Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Ray Marika, Ray Barrett, Norman Kaye, Colleen Clifford. A sympathetic geologist for a uranium mining company must confront the passive resistance of the Aborigine tribes in Southern Australia. The spots where the deposits are richest is sacred ground, the place "where the green ants dream," for them the origin of all life. 99 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Wide Sargasso Sea (Australia/USA 1993)

Directed by John Duigan. Cast: Karina Lombard, Nathaniel Parker, Claudia Robinson, Michael York, Rachel Ward. On a plantation in the lush Blue Mountains of Jamaica, young lovers are swept into a menage of black magic and erotic obsession that spirals into a climax of seduction, betrayal, and ultimately revenge. Based on the novel by Jean Rhys (MAIN: PR6035.H96 W5 1999; MOFF: PR6035.H96 W5 1999) 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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