With The Australian Film Commission (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)



1. Australian History (1971)

20 min | Short

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Director: Bruce Petty | Star: Neville Teale

2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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81 Metascore

During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 30,723 | Gross: $0.23M

3. Caddie (1976)

100 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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Sydney, Australia in the mid-1920's. Proud and classy Caddie Marsh is forced to get a job as a barmaid and raise two children on her own after her rich cad husband walks out on her. Despite... See full summary »

Director: Donald Crombie | Stars: Helen Morse, Takis Emmanuel, Jack Thompson, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 183

4. Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil, Frank Thring

Votes: 1,154

5. Twentieth Century Oz (1976)

R | 85 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Musical

6.2
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Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old groupie riding with a rock band when, suddenly, the van is in a road accident, and she hits her head. She wakes up in a fantasy world as gritty and realistic ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Löfvén | Stars: Joy Dunstan, Graham Matters, Bruce Spence, Michael Carman

Votes: 124

6. The Devil's Playground (1976)

107 min | Drama

6.8
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Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling in spirit and body with the constraints of living in a Catholic seminary. It is... See full summary »

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Charles McCallum, John Frawley, Arthur Dignam, Nick Tate

Votes: 876

7. Don's Party (1976)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: John Hargreaves, Pat Bishop, Graham Kennedy, Veronica Lang

Votes: 1,001

8. Storm Boy (1976)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Family

7.1
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Mike is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

Director: Henri Safran | Stars: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick

Votes: 940

9. Death Cheaters (1976)

93 min | Action, Adventure

5.5
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Two best friends, Vietnam War veterans turned stunt men, are sent as spies to the Philippines on a top secret mission for the Australian government.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: John Hargreaves, Grant Page, Margaret Gerard, Ziggy

Votes: 127

10. Lost in the Wild (1976)

93 min | Adventure

6.0
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A twelve year old boy and a common criminal are being transported in the same ship from England to Australia in the last century. When the ship wrecked they happen to be the only survivors ... See full summary »

Director: David Waddington | Stars: Brett Maxworthy, Sean Kramer, Lionel Long, Spike Milligan

Votes: 31

11. The Living Goddess (1976)

48 min

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Director: Frank Heimans | Star: Paul Ricketts

12. Highway One (1977)

77 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

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Director: Steve Otton | Stars: Kim Bradley, Philip Moneroz, Robert Steen

13. Raw Deal (1977)

94 min | Western

6.3
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In the 1870s, the colonial administrator hires bounty hunter Palmer and gun salesman Ben to wipe out an army of Irish Catholic revolutionaries in their stronghold. Palmer and Ben recruit ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Hagg | Stars: Gerard Kennedy, Gus Mercurio, Rod Mullinar, Christopher Pate

Votes: 40

14. The Alternative (1977 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama

6.6
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Director: Paul Eddey | Stars: Wendy Hughes, Peter Adams, Carla Hoogeveen, Tony Bonner

Votes: 10

15. The Picture Show Man (1977)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is ... See full summary »

Director: John Power | Stars: John Meillon, Rod Taylor, John Ewart, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 193

16. Mama's Gone A-Hunting (1977 TV Movie)

74 min | Crime, Thriller

6.6
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A psychotic prison escapee and his young partner decide to kidnap a wealthy couple's baby and hold it for ransom. Little do they know that the babysitter wants the baby for herself.

Director: Peter Maxwell | Stars: Judy Morris, Gerard Kennedy, Vince Martin, Peter Stratford

Votes: 27

17. Backroads (1977)

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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A black and white lowlife duo drives around Australia's Outback in a stolen vehicle and finds trouble after trouble.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gary Foley, Zac Martin, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 189

18. Journey Among Women (1977)

93 min | Drama

5.7
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In colonial Australia, daughter of a judge helps a group of female convicts living in inhuman conditions escape. Aboriginal girl teaches them how to survive in the forest. One of them gets raped and killed. The group seeks revenge.

Director: Tom Cowan | Stars: Jeune Pritchard, Martin Phelan, Nell Campbell, Lillian Crombie

Votes: 81

19. The Getting of Wisdom (1977)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

6.4
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Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Julia Blake, Dorothy Bradley, Kay Eklund, Max Fairchild

Votes: 357

20. The Last Wave (1977)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.1
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85 Metascore

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aboriginal Persons in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow

Votes: 7,851

21. Dot and the Kangaroo (1977)

71 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.0
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A young girl gets lost in the Australian outback and befriends a kangaroo

Director: Yoram Gross | Stars: Barbara Frawley, Joan Bruce, Spike Milligan, June Salter

Votes: 676

22. The Love Letters from Teralba Road (1977)

50 min | Drama

7.1
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A violent man (Bryan Brown), who ostensibly has a slight mental illness due to fillings in his teeth, continues to write letters to his estranged girlfriend, Kris McQuade. She sees that he ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Wallace | Stars: Kris McQuade, Bryan Brown, Gia Carides, Joy Hruby

Votes: 14

23. Roses Bloom Twice (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 87 min

6.6
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This is an unabashedly romantic melodrama, an Australian work produced for television with locations in some of the more picturesque sites of New South Wales, the scenario depicting the ... See full summary »

Director: David Stevens | Stars: Glynis McNicoll, Diane Craig, John Allen, Michael Craig

Votes: 5

24. Fall-Line (1977)

48 min | Documentary, Sport

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Australian extremes sports documentary featuring freestyle skiing, hang-gliding and surfing and made by Nat Young.

Director: Nat Young

25. Space Time Structures (1977)

33 min | Short

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Director: Jonas Balsaitis

26. Hot to Trot (1977)

6 min | Short

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27. The Reef (1977)

77 min | Documentary, Adventure, History

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Director: John Heyer | Stars: Prince Philip, James Dibble, Ralph Cotterill, Alistair Duncan

28. The Irishman (1978)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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The Doolan family are trying to make a go in the freight hauling business in Queensland, Australia. The problem is it's the 1920's, the Doolans use horses and motorized vehicles can do it ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Crombie | Stars: Michael Craig, Simon Burke, Robyn Nevin, Lou Brown

Votes: 93

29. Gone to Ground (1978 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.4
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A man is brutally beaten so he and 4 others head to the beach for refuge and relaxation. It soon becomes clear that they've been imprisoned by person or persons unknown. Then an unknown mad... See full summary »

Director: Kevin James Dobson | Stars: Eric Oldfield, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Elaine Lee, Robyn Gibbes

Votes: 19

30. Weekend of Shadows (1978)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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Director: Tom Jeffrey | Stars: John Waters, Wyn Roberts, Graham Rouse, Melissa Jaffer

Votes: 46

31. The Death Train (1978 TV Movie)

96 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

6.1
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An insurance investigator, checking into the death of a man run over by a train in his back yard, uncovers a web of murder, land fraud swindles and supernatural beings.

Director: Igor Auzins | Stars: Hugh Keays-Byrne, Ingrid Mason, Max Meldrum, Ken Goodlet

Votes: 70

32. In Search of Anna (1978)

91 min | Drama

7.1
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Tony's out of jail. His mates think he's got the proceeds from the robbery and want it. Tony just wants to find Anna. He deals with one problem at a time. This is a road movie and a trip. A... See full synopsis »

Director: Esben Storm | Stars: Richard Moir, Judy Morris, Chris Haywood, Bill Hunter

Votes: 50

33. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Jimmie Blacksmith, the son of an Aboriginal mother and a white father, falls victim to much racist abuse after marrying a white woman, and goes on a killing spree and finds himself on the run in the aftermath.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Ray Barrett

Votes: 1,438

34. Letter to a Friend (1978)

8 min | Short, Animation

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Director: Sonia Hofmann

35. Newsfront (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History

7.0
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In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

Votes: 645

36. The Last Tasmanian (1978)

105 min | Documentary, Drama, History

7.5
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TThe Tasmanians were a distinct people, isolated from Australia and the rest of the world for 12,000 years, until in 1803, British colonisation began.

Director: Tom Haydon | Stars: Leo McKern, Jim Allen, Rhys Jones, D.A. Lowe

Votes: 8

37. Patrick (1978)

PG | 96 min | Horror

6.1
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A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Rod Mullinar, Bruce Barry

Votes: 2,535

38. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day

Votes: 3,520

39. The King of the Two Day Wonder (1978)

67 min | Drama

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When a writer of 'pulp' detective fiction fails to deliver his latest novel on time, he is forced to confront a tragedy from his past that causes him to re-evaluate his life.

Director: Kevin Anderson | Stars: Walter Dobrowolski, Sigrid Thornton, Allen Bickford, James Robertson

40. Size 10 (1978)

19 min | Documentary, Short, Talk-Show

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Directors: Sarah Gibson, Susan Lambert | Stars: Robyn Archer, Anny Bremner, Laurie Denton, Di Olive

41. Image of Death (1978)

81 min | Thriller

5.2
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Yvonne is a beautiful but sneaky woman who likes to live off other people's money.

Director: Kevin James Dobson | Stars: Cathey Paine, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Cheryl Waters, Sheila Helpmann

Votes: 12

42. Never Was (1978)

48 min | Animation, Family

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An unknown, tucked-away, medieval island is threatened by the advent of big business. A wealthy business man wants to develop the untouched island, which could then be ruined by the subsequent pollution.

Director: Paul Williams | Stars: Carole-Ann Aylett, Brian Hannan, Hardy Stow, Ross Williams

43. Jakupa (1978)

56 min

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Director: James Gerrand | Star: James Gerrand

44. Maximum Security (1978)

9 min | Short

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Director: Mark Stiles | Stars: Bryan Brown, Julie McGregor

45. Jacka V.C. (1978)

47 min

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Directors: Nigel Buesst, Ross Cooper | Star: Harold Baigent

46. The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

Unrated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, War

6.7
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In between drinking cans of Fosters beer, Australian soldiers tread on a few landmines, and generally experience the war in Vietnam.

Director: Tom Jeffrey | Stars: Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, John Jarratt, Bryan Brown

Votes: 971

47. Dawn! (1979)

Not Rated | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.3
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Biopic of Australian 3 Time Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Dawn Fraser.

Director: Ken Hannam | Stars: Bronwyn Mackay-Payne, Ron Haddrick, Bunney Brooke, Tom Richards

Votes: 46

48. Temperament Unsuited (1979)

55 min

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Director: Ken Cameron | Stars: Steve J. Spears, Robyn Nevin, Deborah Kennedy, Ken Goodlet

49. One More Minute (1979)

R | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

5.1
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Angela, a naive young hairdresser, is thrown out of home by her puritanical mother. At the behest of model client, She gets her first modeling gig. While her future seems bright, she soon learns that everyone around her wants to use her.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Chantal Contouri, Robert Bruning, Sigrid Thornton, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 373

50. The Plumber (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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A young couple, living in a campus apartment complex, are repeatedly harassed by an eccentric plumber, who subjects them to a series of bizarre mind games while making unnecessary repairs to their bathroom.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Judy Morris, Ivar Kants, Robert Coleby, Candy Raymond

Votes: 1,686


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