Cinema Papers' 100 Key Australian Films

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In 1995, the Australian film magazine "Cinema Papers" polled over 6,000 members of the Australian film community to determine the "100 key films" of the Australian cinema. Those polled included "accredited members of the Australian Film Institute; industry guilds and unions; film critics and reviewers; academics and media teachers; and the NFSA's Kookaburra Card members.

"'Key' films were designated as those that have made a notable aesthetic, technical or historically important contribution to Australian cinema. Similarly, the criteria for 'Australia-ness' was defined broadly rather than narrowly."

The list excludes any films "made specifically for television or non-film formats."

SOURCE: Cinema Papers, "100 Key Australian Films." February 1996: p24-27

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    1906, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Woman Suffers

    1918, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Sentimental Bloke

    1919, in 2 top lists Check
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    On Our Selection

    1920, in 0 top lists Check
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    For the Term of His Natural Life

    1927, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Kid Stakes

    1927, in 0 top lists Check
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    On Our Selection

    1932, in 1 top list Check
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    The Squatter's Daughter

    1933 — a.k.a. Down Under, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Silence of Dean Maitland

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dad and Dave Come to Town

    1938 — a.k.a. The Farmer Goes to Town, in 1 top list Check
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    40,000 Horsemen

    1940 — a.k.a. Forty Thousand Horsemen, in 2 top lists Check
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    Kokoda Front Line!

    1942, in 1 top list Check
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    The Rats of Tobruk

    1944 — a.k.a. The Fighting Rats of Tobruk, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Overlanders

    1946, in 2 top lists Check
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    Smithy

    1946, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bush Christmas

    1947, in 0 top lists Check
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    Eureka Stockade

    1949, in 1 top list Check
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    Sons of Matthew

    1949 — a.k.a. The Rugged O'Riordans, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Back of Beyond

    1954, in 2 top lists Check
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    Jedda

    1955 — a.k.a. Jedda the Uncivilized, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Shiralee

    1957, in 1 top list Check
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    On the Beach

    1959, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Sundowners

    1960, in 2 top lists Check
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    They're a Weird Mob

    1966, in 1 top list Check
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    Stork

    1971, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wake in Fright

    1971, in 5 top lists Check
  27. 94 new

    Walkabout

    1971, in 12 top lists Check
  28. 38 new

    The Adventures of Barry McKenzie

    1972, in 1 top list Check
  29. 56 new

    Alvin Purple

    1973 — a.k.a. The Sex Therapist, in 1 top list Check
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    The Cars That Ate Paris

    1974 — a.k.a. Cars That Eat People, in 4 top lists Check
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    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    1975, in 14 top lists Check
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    Pure S

    1975, in 1 top list Check
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    Sunday Too Far Away

    1975, in 1 top list Check
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    Caddie

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    The Devil's Playground

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    Don's Party

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    Storm Boy

    1976, in 1 top list Check
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    Backroads

    1977, in 1 top list Check
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    The F.J. Holden

    1977, in 1 top list Check
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    The Getting of Wisdom

    1977, in 1 top list Check
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    The Last Wave

    1977, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Picture Show Man

    1977, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

    1978, in 4 top lists Check
  44. 86 new

    Mouth to Mouth

    1978, in 0 top lists Check
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    Newsfront

    1978, in 3 top lists Check
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    Mad Max

    1979, in 12 top lists Check
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    My Brilliant Career

    1979, in 7 top lists Check
  48. 69 new

    The Odd Angry Shot

    1979, in 1 top list Check
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    Tim

    1979, in 0 top lists Check
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    'Breaker' Morant

    1980, in 4 top lists Check
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