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"Crocodile Dundee" not among AFI's most popular Australian films!

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*SOME of Australia's finest classic movies have been overlooked in an online opinion poll to determine the most popular local productions of all time.*

 

THE Australian Film Institute has named the five greatest Aussie movies, which will be commemorated with a special series of stamps next month.

 

Thousands voted in an online poll earlier this year to determine the most popular and best Australian films. They are (in no particular order): _Gallipoli_, _Lantana,_ _Muriel's Wedding_, _The Castle_ and _The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert_.

 

What do you think of the top five? Send you comments to the box below

 

The latter has been an inspiration to Adelaide act Miss Kitty Litter Chernobyl, one of the stars of the 2008 Feast Festival's Mega Drag.

 

"Priscilla has definitely been an influence and I connect with the characters," Miss Kitty said yesterday. AFI spokesman Alan Finney said the stamps would be released on November 3, 2008.

 

*Blog: Andrew Fenton's top five Aussie films*

 

The top five was a great selection of movies but there were some surprising omissions, he said.

 

"Where are _Mad Max_, _Crocodile Dundee_ and some of the 70s films like Picnic at _Hanging Rock_, _Alvin Purple_ and _Stork_?"

 

One of the five films will be named the Favourite Australian Film of All Time at the L'Oreal Paris AFI Awards on December 6, 2008.

 

Thanks,

ANDREW FENTON, FILM WRITER

October 20, 2008 12:40pm

 

 

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*_Crocodile Dundee_ not among AFI's most popular Australian films*

 

SOME of Australia's finest classic movies have been overlooked in an online opinion poll to determine the most popular local productions of all time.

 

Classics such as _Picnic at Hanging Rock_, _Mad Max_ and _My Brilliant Career_ have been snubbed in favour of more recent and populist films, including _The Castle_ and _The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert_, both released in 1994.

 

Peter Weir's Gallipoli (1981) was, however, one of the five favourite films in the poll conducted by the Australian Film Institute to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

 

Also on the list were Muriel's Wedding and Lantana.

 

However, a surprising number that did not make the cut included Crocodile Dundee, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith and Shine, for which Queensland actor Geoffrey Rush won an Oscar. The most popular film chosen from the shortlist will be revealed at a televised ceremony in Melbourne on December 6.

 

Australia Post, meanwhile, is honouring the final five films by featuring them on postage stamps.

 

AFI spokesman Alan Finney said the films represent a good range.

 

"You've got Anzac war heroes through to saving the family home through to dysfunctional Muriel through to Priscilla, which Roger Ebert (US film critic) says was a drag version of Easy Rider," Mr Finney said.

 

Thanks,

By Des Houghton

October 21, 2008 12:47am

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