Film Quizzes: Australia

It’s Australia Day, so who’s up for a quiz celebrating our Antipodean friends? They’ve given us a wealth of great actors, directors and musicians for a whole spectrum of films, so see if you can work out the six films below that show different sides of an amazing country.

Film Quizzes - Australia Day Film 1 (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Australia Day.jpg Film 2 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Australia Day.jpg Film 3 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Australia Day.jpg Film 4 (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Australia Day.jpg Film 5 (2000+)

Film Quizzes - Australia Day.jpg Film 6 (2000+)

Answers below

1. Mad Max  (1979)

2. Gallipoli  (1981)

3. Crocodile Dundee  (1986)

4. Strictly Ballroom  (1992)

5. Lantana  (2001)

6. Rabbit-Proof Fence  (2002)


25 thoughts on “Film Quizzes: Australia

  1. Two of my favorite Australian movies are Romper Stomper and Heaven’s Burning, which I saw almost back-to-back while working in Hong Kong. Gallipoli is also an incredible file.

      • I saw Heaven’s Burning in 1999–I was working just up the river from Hong Kong at the time–so I’d already seen him in LA Confidential. I didn’t learn until later that he’d made Heaven’s Burning in the same year as LAC. I knew when I’d see LAC that he was going to be big; it was only after that movie that I discovered his work back home, and you can see how he was working towards becoming someone you’d remember.

      • I always thought Guy would become huge as well, but as I’ve watched them both, you realize that Russel is a leading man, and Guy is a character actor who’ll take any role, big or small, as long as he keeps acting. They’ll probably do something one of these days, maybe in another five-ten years, where they can bounce off each other again. Or, if they ever get around to filming “White Jazz,” which is the book that came after “LA Confidential,” Guy could play Exley once more.

      • Part of the difficulty of bringing any of Elroy’s work to the screen is having to deal with all his plot lines, all the inner thoughts the characters have. “White Jazz” also has NO characters that anyone would say are good. Plus, you have Duddly Smith as a main character, and with his death in “LAC” movie, people would likely get confused as to WHY he’s in this story. Exley also became the sort of person he fought against: he might say he’s different, but he’s not. He simply doesn’t kill off people like Duddly did.

        In short, it’s a tough book to translate and have it play to an audience looking for a hero. It’s full of anti-heroes.

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