Time Out's top five films ever made about our fair city
First published on 28 May 2012. Updated on 28 May 2012.
It's Sydney Film Festival time, which means we've got movies on the mind. And Sydney on our minds. We decided to combine the two and list the five best films ever made about Sydney (or just set here, really). Agree? Disagree? Let us know below.
1. Newsfront (1978) Phillip Noyce’s tale of news cameramen (Bill Hunter and John Ewart) in the ’40s and ’50s uses actual newsreel footage and offers a window on the Sydney of yesteryear.
2. The Last Wave (1977) Un-PC and awesome, Peter Weir’s eerie chiller has Richard Chamberlain’s lawyer discovering a hidden Aboriginal tribe under Sydney and a prophecy about a tsunami.
3. Lantana (2001) Interconnected lives of Sydneysiders converge around the disappearance of a psychotherapist (Barbara Hershey) in Ray Lawrence’s admired psychodrama.
4. Two Hands (1999) Heath Ledger’s would-be gangster learns not to leave valuables in the sand when swimming at Bondi. (Also, that fleeing from crims on the monorail is a bad idea.)
5. Looking for Alibrandi (2000) Australia’s best ever ‘wog’ movie is a coming-of-age story about a Leichhardt teen (Pia Miranda) seeking her father and overcoming racism.