Here at Quickflix, we get a lot of title suggestions from members. Often it is an inquiry regarding a film not available on DVD in Australia, and we must sadly reply that “we just don’t know if the film you are after will ever be available in Oz!”
The inexplicable lack of Robert Altman films on Region 4 DVD is one thing. However, each day we hear about a new film burning up the festival circuit in countries around the world, and each day we pray that said film will receive an Australian release.
To perhaps create some interest in the titles we are most looking forward to, here is a rundown of 15 films that we desperately want to see released in our lovely nation ASAP. Many of them have played at some film festivals around the country, but none of them have a DVD release date.
Let us know which of these tickle your fancy, and we’ll keep you updated on potential DVD/cinema release dates! Without further ado, in alphabetical order:
French director Claire Denis‘ latest movie 35 Shots of Rum was the second best reviewed film of 2009 according to Metacritic. Focusing on the complicated relationship between a father and his daughter, the picture played the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, where it was met with rapturous acclaim.
Dear Zachary is one of the most haunting and moving documentaries ever made. Director Kurt Kuenne conceived the project as a tribute to his late friend Andrew Bagby. The less you know about the film, the better, but this I can guarantee: It will make you weep. It will make you weep hard. It will make the first 10 minutes of Up seem as emotionally wrenching as Wild Hogs.
Andrea Arnold‘s drama about a troubled teen with a penchant for urban dancing picked up the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Sounds a bit like Step Up, that is, if Step Up were good. Lead actress Katie Jarvis scored the role after being spotted by a casting agent following an argument with her boyfriend at a train station. It also stars everyone’s favourite Basterd, Michael Fassbender. (UPDATE: Looks like we’ll be getting a March 25th cinema release.)
Tarsem Singh spent four years making The Fall, travelling the globe and finding locations for his grandiose epic. The film was funded largely with his own money and compiled from footage shot in 20 different countries. It has played a couple of festivals in Australia, and I was lucky enough to see Singh’s spectacular film on the big screen. The Fall is a breathtaking experience and features some of the most wonderfully bizarre imagery of any film. Although it’s not quite as good as a cinema release, we look forward to it hopefully hitting DVD soon.
Nope. I’m not even going to write a synopsis for this one. Seriously. We’re looking forward to it though! Don’t judge us. Also, don’t try to guess what is going on in this picture.
By the time Humpday arrives on DVD in Australia, there is a good chance the Mumblecore movement (if it can be called that) will have passed us by completely. Director Lynn Shelton and stars Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard heavily improvised this indie in which two friends accidentally stumble into a mutual dare to make their own porno.
The French horror scene is one of the most exciting in cinema today. Joining the brutally unnerving Martyrs, Frontier(s) and High Tension is Inside. The premise? A mysterious lady approaches a young pregnant woman and informs her that she will be taking her unborn baby. I’ve been trying to avoid any spoilers from the film, but a quick image search has revealed that this film features A LOT of blood.
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho made two of my favourite films of the past decade: The Host and Memories of Murder. To think that his latest thriller Mother is getting Bong some of the best reviews of his career has me very excited. It tells the story of a devoted mother who will stop at nothing to clear her son’s name of a brutal murder. It is South Korea’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards.
This documentary takes aim at the family of Marla Olmstead, a young girl who became famous as a child prodigy with an uncanny knack for creating abstract art. However, as director Amir Bar-Lev delves deeper, she exposes some shocking truths about her own family. It currently holds 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Seriously, why don’t we have this yet?!
One of the most buzzed about films of the year is Sean Byrne‘s Aussie horror film The Loved Ones, which managed to pick up the Midnight Madness award at the Toronto International Film Festival. I’ve heard some rumblings that the film will hit cinemas June 1st, but I couldn’t resist including it here.
Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is surely one of the most notorious films of the past decade. It has been called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies” and has become a Rocky Horror-style hit in the U.S. It’s finally heading to Australia in February, playing a short engagement at the Cinema Nova in Melbourne. Hopefully it will hit DVD soon after, so we can round up our friends for a haunting, emotional screening of it in the comfort of our own homes. Please, someone release it! “You’re tearing me apart!!!”
Alright, I’m a sucker for South Korean cinema, I admit it! I’m truly excited to see So Yong Kim’s Treeless Mountain, an acclaimed tale about two young girls who are abandoned by their mother. Some critics say the film moves slowly and there isn’t much of a plot to speak of. Nevertheless, I’m far more pumped to see this than say, Transformers 3.
Hmm, I almost didn’t include Michael Haneke‘s The White Ribbon on this list. Sure, it may have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year and recently picked up the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Golden Globes. But it’s Michael Haneke! Our relationship is strained to say the least (my feelings on his film Funny Games have been well documented). Saying that, his latest film about pre-WW1 Germany looks poised to pick up an Oscar or two. I want to see it, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.
Ben Steinbauer’s sweet-natured documentary Winnebago Man has been circling the festival circuit non-stop for the past twelve months, picking up a slew of audience awards. It examines the cult status of viral video stars, specifically ‘Winnebago Man’ Jack Rebney (check out the video that made him famous here, but be warned, it features some cussin’). Steinbauer found in Rebney an intriguing (and hilarious) pop cultural anti-hero, and his film was one of the most enjoyable treats of 2009. I look forward to hopefully sharing it with you in the near future.
Right, so a movie like Old Dogs (6% on Rotten Tomatoes!) can play in every cinema under the sun, but a critically acclaimed film starring Robin Williams can’t even get international distribution. Come on! We won’t spoil the film’s devilishly demented premise; suffice to say that Williams plays the father of a truly despicable young man. I’d love to tell you more, but I wouldn’t want to ruin it. I truly hope that by this time next year, all of these films will be available, and we can talk about them properly.
Discuss: So, any films out there you wish were available on DVD in Australia?