We asked NFSA staff to nominate their favourite Aussie film adaptations and have compiled some lists for you to get through. There are clips available for several titles and you can also purchase many of these classics from the NFSA Shop.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of developing the NFSA’s upcoming exhibition Great Adaptations: Words to Image has been the discussions about which film or TV adaptation was the best and why. Is the adaptation faithful, better or worse or just different to the book or play? Most of the screen adaptations mentioned below are based on Australian literary works but a few have been based on works by international authors like Raymond Carver and Louis de Bernières.
According to a quick NFSA staff poll the must-see adaptations are Australian classics like Picnic at Hanging Rock and My Brilliant Career followed by films like Storm Boy, Jindabyne, Romulus My Father, Lantana and The Sentimental Bloke. The television adaptation of Seven Little Australians is the only television adaptation to get a mention, perhaps because a number of us saw it as children.
So get reading and viewing to celebrate the last half of the National Year of Reading.
Graham Shirley, NFSA Historian
Jan Thurling, NFSA Librarian
Kari Pahlman, NFSA Reception
Amanda Paroz, NFSA Education Coordinator
Ruth Hill, Scholars and Artists in Residence (SAR)
Christine Eccles, NFSA Archivist
Morgyn Phillips, NFSA Exhibitions Curator
Stephen Groenewegen, australianscreen