Australian cinema rocks 2009

Published:  January 25, 2010
Brendan McKnight
Australian cinema rocks 2009

Screen Australia have announced that 2009 had the highest number of Australian films to be shown on our local screens annually in over 25 years. Of the 418 films screened in Australian cinemas 50 were Australian, accounting for $54.8 million or 5.0 per cent of the total, according to Screen Australia analysis of Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) data.

Mao’s Last Dancer was the top-grossing Australian film in 2009, followed by Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.

“Australian audiences embraced the diversity of stories produced by Australian filmmakers in 2009. Reports show that 1.4 million more Australians went to the cinema to see Australian films in 2009 than 2008 – a 45 per cent increase on the previous year,” said Ruth Harley, Screen Australia Chief Executive. “The top five films provide a snapshot of the impressive array of genres on offer in 2009 across all release categories, from the confronting, yet ultimately uplifting, drama depicted in Samson & Delilah and Mao’s Last Dancer, to the romance of Australia, the laughter of Charlie & Boots and the special effect–driven action of Knowing.”

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One Response

  1. petar and caitlin

    Australians should really put in more effort to support local films, they really have a lot to offer.

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