Stratton’s most recent book, 101 Marvellous Movies You May Have Missed is available from the publisher.
And if you are looking for recommendations for great online viewing while staying in, below are some Australian titles that Stratton awarded 5 stars when he originally reviewed them, followed by some marvellous movies he refers to in his book. You can find available streaming options for these titles via JustWatch.
5 star Australian Films
Evil Angels (1988) | Fred Schepisi | 121 mins
Evil Angels chronicles the case of Azaria Chamberlain, a nine-week-old baby girl who disappeared from a campground near Uluru in August 1980 and the struggle of her parents, Lindy (Meryl Streep) and Michael (Sam Neill), to prove their innocence to a public convinced that they were complicit in her death.
Listen to animal wrangler Evanne Chesson talking about dogs doubling for dingos and working on Evil Angels.
Watch Margaret and David’s review on The Movie Show.
Idiot Box (1996) | David Caesar | 85 mins
Kev (Ben Mendelsohn) and Mick (Jeremy Sims) are bored, reckless young men living in Australian suburbia, spending their days drinking. They decide to pull a bank heist, but as they plan, a more professional ring of crooks knocks off their intended target. Unfortunately, Mick and Kev arrive at the scene just in time to run into the detectives investigating the case.
Watch an interview with director David Caesar.
See more from Caesar, and read David’s written review.
The Piano (1993) | Jane Campion | 121 mins
After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter) and her young daughter, Flora (Ana Paquin), are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man, Alisdair Stewart (Sam Neill). Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his Maori-friendly acquaintance, George Baines (Harvey Keitel), leading to tense, life-altering conflicts.
Read about director Jane Campion and her work.
Watch Margaret and David review The Piano on The Movie Show.
Four Marvellous Movies You May Have Missed