The Tall Man: award-winning Australian documentary

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Thursday 3 November 2011

The true story of one morning on Palm Island, when Cameron Doomadgee allegedly swore at a policeman, and forty minutes later lay dead in a watch-house cell. This powerful and award winning documentary follows the inquest into Doomadgee’s death, talking to those involved and giving a real sense of this tragedy surrounding this event and those involved.

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Here I Am: by Australian director Beck Cole

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Friday 5 August 2011

Set in Adelaide, this film about an Aboriginal woman leaving jail and struggling to reconnect with society and her daughter isn’t the most amazing story ever told. It lacks big twists and big laughs. But that would only subtract from this lovingly told tale.

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The Killage: an independent Australian horror movie

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By Courtney Beck in New Film on Tuesday 2 August 2011

Love horror films? Think you’ve seen them all? No, you haven’t! Keep your eyes peeled for the Australian film, The Killage, created by ArtSpear Entertainment. This low-budget independent horror film will have you in fits as it exposes every horror cliché’ ever made.

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Last Ride: Australian movie starring Hugo Weaving

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Thursday 16 December 2010

Most movies avoid morally flawed and reprehensible central characters since it’s too hard to get audiences to empathise with them. Instead they go for safe fluffy leads who have a few little problems, but are only misunderstood and really, they’re the sorts of people that we should aspire to be. Boring and yuk.

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Wake In Fright: classic Australian movie

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Wednesday 15 September 2010

Chosen as part of the official selection of Cannes Classics in 2009, and premiered at the Cannes Festival back in 1971 (don’t worry I pronounce it ‘cans’ as well), this gem of Australian film-making was thought lost for all time. Luckily, it’d just fallen down the back of the storage shelf, or was being used to keep someone’s table level or some such, because it’s been found and re-released. Part horror and part indictment of Australia’s ingrained drinking culture, it’s a brutal and uncompromising film that will be as hard to forget as Samson and Delilah.

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Accidents Happen: new Australian movie

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Monday 7 June 2010

Geena Davis gives close to a career best performance as the honest, human and sarcastic mother in this Australian film that stars mostly Americans. It’s a curious ploy to broaden the prospective audience and I hope it works for this quality picture, obviously art-house through its avoidance of a soppy ending and unrealistic moments.

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Big Dreamers

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Friday 22 February 2008

Big Dreamers is a funny and intelligently constructed documentary that examines the efforts of a country town to stamp itself on Australia’s tourist map with a big gumboot, after falling sugar prices have decimated the local farming industry. Directed by Camille Hardman and written by John Fink, it’s obvious that a lot of time has been well spent putting this gripping story together. Accounts from the local identities, farmers, artists, rotary members and the resident UFO nut, as well as the main players, are combined effectively to form a coherent narrative.

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