You Beauties: New Australian Cinema

Showcasing independent Australian cinema in all its diversity: friendly, strange, black, queer, bad, mad and beautiful.

Complemeting BFI Southbank's season curated by ACMI (3-27 February 2023), this online programme highlights some of the most exciting, innovative and incisive new voices in Australian cinema, from the award-winning films of Justin Kurzel to First Nations artists such as Leah Purcell and Ivan Sen, whose works canvasses themes of memory, inheritance, and invasion.

Alongside this we present a selection of Australian classics from more established talents; enduring works that remain at the forefront of the country's cinema heritage.

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Mystery RoadMystery Road

Crime2013121 minsDirector: Ivan Sen

An Aboriginal cop returns to his hometown to solve the brutal murder of a teenage girl, uncovering a web of corruption and a growing body count, in Ivan Sen's acclaimed Australian riff on the Western genre.

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Drama2016110 minsDirector: Ivan Sen

Ivan Sen follows his acclaimed Australian thriller Mystery Road with another distinctive, 'outback noir', with troubled indigenous detective Joe Swan (Aaron Pedersen) again on the trail of murder and corruption.

Australian Cinema Classics

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Drama1989108 minsDirector: Ann Turner

Set in mid-1950s Australia, with the fear of communism in the air and rabbit plagues overrunning the countryside, Ann Turner’s debut film depicts a long, hot summer seen through the eyes and wild imagination of a young girl.

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The PropositionThe Proposition

Western2006104 minsDirector: John Hillcoat

John Hillcoat and Nick Cave's brilliant, brutal bushranger western, with Guy Pearce as the outlaw tasked with tracking down his psychopathic elder brother (Danny Huston).

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Crime2011120 minsDirector: Justin Kurzel

Justin Kurzel's shocking dramatisation of Australia's most notorious serial killings.

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The Chant of Jimmie BlacksmithThe Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Drama1978122 minsDirector: Fred Schepisi

Fred Schepisi’s Palme d’Or-nominated epic based on the true story of a man of half-Aboriginal ancestry who is pushed to breaking point in the Australian outback in 1900.

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Drama1970101 minsDirector: Nicolas Roeg

Jenny Agutter plays the teenage girl reliant on a young Aboriginal (David Gulpilil) for her survival, in Nicolas Roeg's stunning Australian outback drama.

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Long WeekendLong Weekend

Drama197795 minsDirector: Colin Eggleston

An Australian ecological horror in which a reckless couple on a camping trip sees nature savagely fighting back.