Watch it now on Stan.
Stan: A self-obsessed young man makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. Their relationship ultimately leads him on the path to redemption.
The Tunnel was one the early successes of crowd-funding, selling individual digital frames of the movie through the "$135K Project". 90 minutes, 135,000 frames, one dollar each, and a $135,000 filming budget. What emerged was a great Australian horror flick in the tradition of The Descent and other claustrophobic, dark, downright creepy monster thrillers. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: After the government abandons plans to revamp old railway tunnels, a journalist and her crew discover that something menacing is haunting the depths.
Rake is great -- Richard Roxburgh at his best as Cleaver Greene, the utterly antiheroic attorney at law apparently based loosely upon the real life of Charles Waterstreet, himself one of the series' producers. It's smart, funny, witty and gloriously irreverent, and it's just about the most Australian TV show that you'll find on any streaming service out there. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: While Cleaver Greene is a brilliant and driven attorney, he's also an ex-druggie, a current gambling addict and loathed by many of his colleagues.
The Loved Ones is gory, rough, brutal and one of the best Australian horror flicks of the last decade. With just a touch of the spine-tingling rural cringe that makes films like Wake In Fright and Wolf Creek work, The Loved Ones is more a demonstration of unhinged characters, teenage angst, and what happens when you give a schoolgirl inadequate parenting and a power drill. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: A high school student's plans for prom go awry when his secret admirer and her father kidnap him for their own macabre evening in this spine-chiller.
Rabbit-Proof Fence tells a simple story, but does so in an incredibly powerful way; it is the heart-breakingly real-life story of Aboriginal children stolen from their parents by force and relocated to distant orphanages, where they are taught to become servants. Three girls escape this ignominy, and set out to return home -- following thousands of kilometres of rabbit-proof fence that criss-crosses the country. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: During Australia's aboriginal integration program, three girls who were torn from their families and placed in an abusive orphanage vow to get home.
Animal Kingdom follows the great Aussie tradition of gritty urban crime in cinema -- like Two Hands and Chopper -- in following a family intricately tied into the underworld, and the people whose lives they affect. The movie has a star-studded Australian cast, but the entire film is stolen by Jacki Weaver's excellent performance as the family's matriarch. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: A teenager finds himself drawn into the clutches of a diabolical criminal family until a good-hearted detective tries to change the boy's fate.
The Babadook is sweeping through the Australian arts awards scene, and for very good reason. As well as being a genuinely great horror film -- I never want to read a children's book again -- it does some groundbreaking and important work in exploring mental health in parenting, and the deleterious effect that overwork and stress can have on an entire family. Watch it now on Presto.
Presto: After the violent death of her husband, Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence in the house, slowly dawning on her that the monster her son has been warning her about may be real.
Upper Middle Bogan is another great series that started life on ABC, but you're now able to stream it online wherever you are. How would you feel if your privileged, white-bread upbringing and current life was all a lie, and that your birth family was a little more... down to earth? Watch it now on Presto.
Presto: When Bess Denyar, a successful doctor with an architect husband, an overbearing mother and twin thirteen year olds at a private school, finds out that she is adopted, she is stunned. Even more so when she is reunited with her birth parents.
Mystery Road has a nearly unanimous approval rating on movie site Rotten Tomatoes, and for very good reason -- it's a gripping thriller following the murder of a girl in the outback, and it uses the disconnect between an estranged Aboriginal detective, the blackfellas of the community that he left behind, and the white-dominated police force to reinforce the tension of its plot. Watch it now on Presto.
Presto: Australia. An Aboriginal detective investigates the murder of a teenage girl in an outback town. A mesmerising thriller with a fine cast that includes Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving and Jack Thompson.
The Slap is based on the book of the same name by Christos Tsiolkas; it's an eight-part drama miniseries that focuses on the effects that one seemingly small event can have upon the relationships and complexities that exist within a group of family and friends. It's incredibly acted, incredibly written and grippingly produced. Watch it now on Presto.
Presto: A provocative and compelling eight-part drama series that traces the shattering repercussions of a single event upon a group of family and friends.
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