Top 5: Exciting Australian Movies 2018

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Australian cinema seems to be heading in a really promising direction. So here are 5 Australian movies in 2018 to watch.

Is it just me or is Australian cinema getting a lot better (although it kind of used to suck)? Don’t get me wrong, I love watching films about white Aussies in the bush as much as the next guy, but I reckon it’s time Australian movies in 2018 start to diversify. And I’m happy to see that Australia is finally getting the memo.

Films like Ali’s Wedding (2017) finally got to express our diverse cultural landscape and since interracial marriage is just as much part of Australia as the bush, it’s great to see it on the big screen.

I’m not the only one who’s thought that Australian film and television up until a couple years ago have been really bland. There’s only so many times I can watch something about how Sharon cheated on Darren and is now going out with Johnny (cough cough Neighbours). No one cares!

We’re also starting to see really big budget projects being filmed down under like Thor Ragnarok, which is super exciting. All of this will hopefully make Australia a really dynamic place to make films.

So here’s a list of Australian movie 2018 that I’m personally really excited for.

5) Hotel Mumbai will be a controversial Australian Movie in 2018…

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Dev Patel is a waiter in Hotel Mumbai. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

This tragic film recreates the Taj Mahal Motel terrorist attack that killed more than 160 people in 2008.

The film stars Dev Patel and Armie Hammer so high quality drama can be expected. It’s not often that Australia puts out content with this sort of controversy so I’ll definitely be keen to see how the director, Anthony Maras, handles this delicate topic.

Apparently a recent cut of the film has had really good feedback so it looks promising and should set the bar high for Australian movies in 2018. I really like that Australia is pushing the boundaries with content and Hotel Mumbai is a perfect example. 

4) The guardians of the Tomb is a HUGE Australian and Chinese co-produced movie…

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The Guardians of the Tomb. Source: China Film Insider

Not to be confused with Guardians of the Galaxy, this epic thriller is the biggest Chinese-Australian co-production ever.

We’re starting to see a trend now where Australian projects are getting funded by Asian countries to make movies that contend with the big Hollywood blockbusters. Apparently the film industry in China is booming. That sounds really good to me and I’m glad Australia is doing what they need to do to create bigger and better films.

This film stars Aussie actor Stef Dawson (Hunger Games), Kelsey Hammer (Fraser) as well as a strong cast of Asian actors. It’s really great to see well-known actors doing big films with a diverse range of talented actors.

The film is basically about a potential discovery of a century gone wrong. Definitely an Australian film that I’m keen to see this year.

3) Message Man could be a bloody blockbuster Australian Thriller.

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Paul O’Brien in Message Man. Source: Premiere Entertainment Group

This is another big film that Australia has co-produced oversees, this time Indonesia. This epic revenge thriller is the ambitious debut feature of Corey Pearson and follows the troubled life of ex assassin Ryan-Teller as his violent past catches up with him.

This movie has tons of bloody violence and cool action sequences so if that’s your thing then give this a watch. But underneath all the violence, is a heartfelt, character driven movie.

The main badass of the film is played by Australian star Paul O’Brien (ex Home and Away) and has a strong cast of Indonesian actors.

Paul’s performance in Message Man has been compared to Ryan Gosling in Drive. Big claim but this is definitely an Australian revenge thriller with big commercial value. Take notice Hollywood.

2) Peter Rabbit is a must watch animated Australian movie in 2018…

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Peter Rabbit. Source: Variety

This animated Australian movie has a killer cast, which I’ll get to in a second. But no top 5 Australian movies 2018 list would be complete without a fun family movie.

Based on the books, the film follows Peter Rabbit’s feud with the McGregor family. They both compete for the attention of their animal loving neighbour.

Now, as for the cast…

Lending their voices to the film are Rose Byrne, Sam Neill and Margot Robbie. Now that’s a great Aussie line up!

1) I, Tonya is definitely the must watch Australian movie in 2018..

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I, Tonya. Source: Variety

Well technically this movie came out in December 2017 and it’s about the U.S figure skating championships, but the director of the film is Australian. So in my books that counts as an Australian movie and December is close enough to 2018…

Let’s not forget that the I, Tonya cast stars Margot Robbie and has been nominated for a freakin Oscar! That alone puts this movie in the number one spot.

This black comedy follows Tonya Harding’s rise to prominence in the 90’s figure skating championships. However this is put into doubt when her ex husband intervenes.

So there you have it, my list of 5 exciting new Australian movies that you should see in 2018.

If you love Australian movies then check out this list of the best Australian Movies ever. Please.

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