Top Australian Films of 2011

Posted Nov 22, 2011 by Hollie_Woods
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  1. Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty (2011)


    Sleeping Beauty is a 2011 Australian drama film that was written and directed by Julia Leigh. It is her debut as a director. The film stars Emily Browning as a young university student who begins doing erotic freelance work in which she is required to sleep in bed alongside paying customers. The film is based in part on the novel The House of the Sleeping Beauties by Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata.

  2. Red Dog

    Red Dog (2011)


    Red Dog is a 2011 Australian comedy-drama family film written by Daniel Taplitz, directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss and Julie Ryan. It stars Koko as the title character, Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, John Batchelor, Noah Taylor, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Loene Carmen, Luke Ford, Neil Pigot, Rohan Nichol, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Costa Ronin with Eamon Farren and Arthur Angel. The film is based on a true story from the novel Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres about Red Dog. At the 2011 Inside Film Awards, Red Dog was nominated in nine categories and won seven, including best feature film. The film was also nominated for seven AACTA Awards and won for Best Film. The film was theatrically released on August 4, 2011 by Roadshow Film Distributors.

  3. Killer Elite

    Killer Elite (2011)


    Killer Elite is a 2011 British-Australian action thriller film starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro. The film is based on the 1991 novel The Feather Men by Sir Ranulph Fiennes and is directed by Gary McKendry.

  4. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

    Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)


    Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a 2010 American-Australian-Mexican dark fantasy horror film written by Matthew Robbins and Guillermo del Toro, directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey and filmed at the Drusilla Mansion in Mount Macedon, Victoria and Melbourne, Australia. The film stars Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, and Bailee Madison, as a family moving into a 19th-century Rhode Island mansion, where the withdrawn daughter (Madison) begins to witness malevolent creatures that emerge from a sealed ash pit in the basement of the house. It is a remake of the 1973 ABC made-for-television horror film of the same name.

  5. Sanctum

    Sanctum (2011)


    Sanctum is a 2011 Australian-American 3D action-adventure thriller drama survival film produced by Relativity Media with FilmNation Entertainment and Wayfare Entertainment, directed by Alister Grierson with music by David Hirschfelder and written by John Garvin and Andrew Wight. It stars Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Daniel Wyllie and Ioan Gruffudd. Wight also produced the film, with James Cameron (creator of Avatar and Titanic) as executive producer. The film was released in cinemas on 4 February 2011 in the US by Universal Pictures. The film received predominantly negative reviews from critics in the US and it earned $108.6 million on a $30 million budget. It also received a AACTA Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. Universal Studios Home Entertainment released Sanctum on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and Blu-ray 3D on 7 June 2011.

  6. Black & White & Sex

    Black & White & Sex (2012)


    Black & White & Sex is a 2011 feature film produced by Melissa Beauford. It is the directorial debut of John Winter, best known as the producer of Rabbit Proof Fence, Paperback Hero and Doing Time for Patsy Cline. The film premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2011 with its international premiere at the 41st International Film Festival Rotterdam (2012).

  7. The Snowtown Murders

    The Snowtown Murders (2011)


    Snowtown, also known as The Snowtown Murders, is a 2011 Australian biographical crime mystery drama film directed by Justin Kurzel in his directorial debut and written by Shaun Grant based on the true story of the Snowtown murders.

  8. The Dragon Pearl

    The Dragon Pearl (2011)


    The Dragon Pearl is a 2011 family film that follows the story of two teenagers who meet in China to encounter a real live Chinese dragon, and also discover the mystery behind the whereabouts of his all powerful pearl.

  9. The Eye of the Storm

    The Eye of the Storm (2011)


    The Eye of the Storm is an Australian drama film directed by Fred Schepisi. It is an adaptation of Patrick White's 1973 novel of the same name. It stars Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis. It won the critics award for best Australian feature at the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival and had a September 2011 theatrical release.

  10. Blame

    Blame (2010)


    Blame is a 2011 low-budget Australian dramatic thriller film starring Damian De Montemas, Sophie Lowe, Kestie Morassi, Ashley Zukerman, Simon Stone and Mark Leonard Winter. It was directed by first time feature film director, Michael 'Hank' Henry.

  11. Face to Face

    Face to Face (2011)


    Face to Face (2011) is an independent Australian film directed by Michael Rymer, based on the play of the same name, written by Australian playwright David Williamson. The film stars Vince Colosimo, Sigrid Thornton, Luke Ford and Matthew Newton.

  12. Toomelah

    Toomelah (2011)


    Toomelah is a 2011 Australian drama film written and directed by Ivan Sen. It was shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on 11 May in the Un Certain Regard program, where it received a two-minute long standing ovation. The film's story takes place in Toomelah Station, New South Wales.

  13. 33 Postcards

    33 Postcards (2011)


    33 Postcards is a feature film written and directed by Pauline Chan and starring Guy Pearce. It is the first co-production between China and New South Wales.

  14. The Tunnel

    The Tunnel (2011)


    The Tunnel is a 2011 Australian horror film directed by Carlo Ledesma, and co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Julian Harvey and Enzo Tedeschi. The film stars Bel DeliĆ”, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis, Luke Arnold, Goran D. Kleut and James Caitlin, in a documentary-style horror story set in the underground network of abandoned railway tunnels in Sydney, Australia.

  15. The Economics of Happiness

    The Economics of Happiness (2011)


    The Economics of Happiness is a 2011 documentary film directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick, and John Page, and produced by the International Society for Ecology and Culture. It has won "Best in Show" at the Cinema Verde Film and Arts Festival, "Best Direction" from EKOFilm 2011 (Czech Republic), "Judges' Choice" and "Audience Choice" at the Auroville International Film Festival (India), an "Award of Merit" from the Accolade Film Festival, and several other awards.

  16. The Palace

    The Palace (2011)


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