Audiences have had their say in Adelaide Film Festival‘s call to the nation to find the top three Australian feature films of all time. Over 450 films were voted for in the the Adelaide Film Festival’s ‘My Top 3 #YOUMUSTSEE initiative,’ ranging from stunning classics and comedies to gruesome horrors and thrillers.
The results are in. Aussie classics The Castle, Muriel’s Wedding and Samson & Delilah have topped the list.
To celebrate, Adelaide Film Festival will be holding special event screenings as part of their October program.
There will be a special school holiday screening of The Castle, introduced by staring actor, Stephen Curry.
“It’s incredible to think that this little movie that took 11 days to shoot, 22 years ago, in which I wore that gorgeous mullet, still resonates so strongly with audiences today.
“I’m so proud of my association with this beautiful story and can’t wait to introduce the screening at the Adelaide Film Festival. I may just have to re-grow the mullet just for the occasion. Or maybe not,” says Stephen Curry.
The power and emotion of Samson and Delilah will also be felt, with a screening and special introduction by director Warwick Thornton. Along with this, a Sing-a-Long Special Edition of Muriel’s Wedding will be taking place. Come home to Porpoise Spit and relive all of Muriel’s ‘terrible’ moments.
Continuing the celebration of Australia’s rich cinematic history, the festival also presents the world premiere of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s (NFSA) digital restoration of South Australian classic starring Jack Thompson NFSA Restores: Sunday Too Far Away, which came in at #37 in the Top 100.
Plus Sarah Watt’s stunning debut Look Both Ways (#38 in the Top 100) shot in Port Adelaide, will screen with guests Justine Clarke and producer Bridget Ikin in conversation with Margaret Pomeranz.
Artistic Director and CEO of Adelaide Film Festival, Amanda Duthie says the My Top 3 #YOUMUSTSEE initiative has, ‘given audiences a chance to reflect on the films that are forever stamped in our national psyche.’
‘We love Australian cinema and MY TOP 3 allowed us to re-connect audiences with the films they love, making it all the more special to bring the nation’s top 3 films back to the big screen,’ says Amanda.
Amongst the Top 100, seven films are from Indigenous directors, 10 films star David Gulpilil, 22 are filmed or produced in South Australia, and 10 films are supported by the visionary Adelaide Film Festival FUND. Women directors represent 26% of the Top 100.