Top 10 Melbourne Films
Nominating anything as a top 10 is always subjective but nominating a Top 10 Melbourne Films is downright outrageous.
OK, here are our top 10 films based on the following criteria:
Australian story, cast and theme
Filmed in Melbourne
Accepted as a "Melbourne"film.
The films may not have been box office hits or enjoyed critical acclaim but these films rest happily in the minds of Melburnians.
Top 10 | 2018
In no particular order..
1. Malcolm (1986)
One critic said this little gem, which starred Colin Friels, was shot all over Melbourne, from Thornbury to Kew, was 'gratifying for those parochial Melburnians who can spend almost the entire 82 minutes spotting landmarks of the city, in all its modest glory.
2. Mad Max (1979)
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.
3. The Castle (1997)
Shot mostly around Strathmore, the most recognisable set location in The Castle is the Supreme Court of Victoria, where lawyer Dennis Denuto argued against the compulsory acquisition of the Kerrigan family home based on 'the vibe' of the constitution.
4. The Club (1980)
What's more Melbourne than football, Collingwood and David Williamson.
Ultimately more about politics than tactics, The Club was shot entirely on location inside the club rooms and boardrooms of Collingwood Football Club's historic home ground, Victoria Park. A few Magpie players of the time, including Tony Shaw and Rene Kink, even made cameos in the flm as themselves.
5. Monkey Grip (1982)
Set in the inner north, this meditation on love and addiction is remembered by one reviewer for a picture-perfect Fitzroy Pool, 'swimmers sunbaking on candy-coloured towels - an image as bright and brittle as a David Hockney painting' .
6. Death in Brunswick (1991)
Before it became a hipster haven, Brunswick was the setting for this black comedy. (Note: The scene in which Sam Neill and John Clarke go looking for an open grave was flmed at Brighton Cemetery in Caulfeld South.)
7. Romper Stomper (1992)
Who can forget the opening moments of Romper Stomper - reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange - when two Vietnamese teenagers are attacked in a tunnel at Footscray Station? (Note: That scene was actually shot at Richmond Station.)
8. Spotswood (1992)
A pleasant dramedy about economic rationalism in a western suburbs moccasin factory, Spotswood also marked the debut of Toni Collette, whose character notes from the factory roof: 'You can see all of Spotswood, over the refneries and right across Yarraville as far as Seddon.'
9. Crackerjack (2002)
When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle where young meets old, greed meets good and people rise to the occasion in extraordinary circumstances.
10. Chopper (2000)
The sterile white walls of H Division (high-security ) at Pentridge Prison were the perfectly ominous backdrop for much of Andrew Dominik's biopic about standover man Mark 'Chopper' Read.
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