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:: Spotlight :: Choose the Greatest Australian Films of All Time

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Australia Post and the Australian Film Institute are celebrating 50 Years of Pride and Passion by inviting the public to choose the five greatest Australian films of all time. Commencing now, the public will be able select their favourite films online

The poll runs through to 5.00pm Friday, August 8.

Australia Post will tally the votes and the five most popular films will be developed into a commemorative stamp issue to be released on Monday, November 3 ahead of the L'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards. The five stamps featuring the Greatest Australian Films of All Time will be developed from existing poster artwork originally used to promote the film.

Some of the films to consider:

Australian Rules, Breaker Morant, Chopper, Crocodile Dundee, Dead Calm, Dirty Deeds, Don's Party, Evil Angels, Gallipoli, Jindabyne, Kenny, Lantana, Looking for Alibrandi, Love Serenade, Mad Max, Mad Max 2, Malcolm, Moulin Rouge!, Muriel's Wedding, My Brilliant Career, Ned Kelly, Newsfront, Noise, Phar Lap, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Proof, Puberty Blues, Rabbit Proof Fence, Romper Stomper, Shine, Storm Boy, Strictly Ballroom, Sunday Too Far Away, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Big Steal, The Boys, The Cars That Ate Paris, The Castle, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The Club, The Dish, The Man From Snowy River, The Piano, The Proposition, The Sum of Us, The Year My Voice Broke, The Year of Living Dangerously, They're A Weird Mob, and Two Hands.

Australia Post, Group Manager Philatelic, Mr Noel Leahy said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to choose their favourite Australian films from past or present. I am very keen to see what the final consensus is for the five Australian films that will become the final stamp issue.”

Once the five films have been chosen and the commemorative stamp issue is available, ONE winner with the highest number of votes will be announced as Australia's favourite film of all time. The announcement will be made at the L'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards in December.

Celebrating 50 years, the L'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards take place in Melbourne in early December and will be televised on the Nine Network

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**Update as at October 20, 2008**

As a special initiative to acknowledge 50 years of pride and passion in Australian filmmaking, the Australian Film Institute and Australia Post asked the Australian public to vote for their all-time favourite Australian film. Results from an online poll have revealed the five Favourite Australian Films of all time.
In no particular order, they are: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Castle, Muriel’s Wedding, Lantana and Gallipoli.

Between them, the five Favourite Australian Films as voted for by the Australian public, have won 23 AFI Awards, 2 BAFTAs and an Oscar!

The exciting revelation regarding which of these five films received the highest number of votes and is therefore the nation’s choice of their Favourite Australian Film, will be announced at the L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards on December 6, 2008.

Australia Post is further honouring the Australian public’s choice of their five Favourite Australian Films of all time by issuing a series of commemorative stamps on Monday, November 3. The five stamps have been developed from the poster artwork originally used to promote the films.

AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE FILMS

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Two drag queens and a transsexual set off from Sydney for Alice Springs in a second-hand bus christened ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’. It's a road movie with attitude and the occasional frock.

The Castle

The extraordinary story of an ordinary family living the Australian dream: a quarter acre block; a Pool Room; a barbie; and an airport over the back fence. This is the Kerrigan family’s story of their battle with the airport to keep their beloved house, along with a “bloody good set of gates”.

Muriel’s Wedding

Living in a fantasy world of Abba songs, Muriel Heslop waits for Prince Charming to come along and rescue her from her bullying father, her bitchy peers and her small town home of Porpoise Spit. But when Prince Charming is slow to arrive, Muriel decides to take control of her own life and rescue herself.

Lantana

A woman disappears. Four marriages are drawn into a tangled web of love, deceit, sex and death. Not all of them survive. Lantana is a psychological thriller about love, the mistakes we make and the consequences we suffer.

Gallipoli

Two young Australians trek eastward across the desert to join the army. They face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

For more information, visit

www.afi.org.au