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True film buffs be kind: this will be a VERY incomplete glimpse of the portrayal of our cities in films down the years.

With all the symbolism of bridges, it's not surprising that Sydney Harbour Bridge has become our most cinematically featured architectural icon.

The bridge was shown in 49 separate films in its first 50 years (1932-82), and many more since. It fact we could make it a round 50 because it was used in Paulette McDonagh's 1930 film The Cheaters before it was finished. The incomplete bridge was used to show the passage of time the main character Bill Masrsh (played by Arthur Greenaway) spent in jail, artists having filled in its span before the builders to show Bill's been away for a while when released.



Artists had also actually painted the bridge backdrop (above) for this scene in Ken G. Hall's 1933 film The Broken Melody, when John Ainsworth (Lloyd Hughes) prevents Ann Brady (Diane Du Caine) from committing suicide by jumping from the bottom of the Bridge


Among many other credits, the Bridge also featured in Hall's The Squatters Daughter the same year.
When the old squatter (John Warwick) sails back into Sydney from London he looks at the bridge and says: "When I left here two years ago I never thought I would see that bridge finished."

The Bridge featured frequently in Leslie Norman's film The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, with Ernest Borgnine, Ann Baxter, John Mills and Angela Lansbury as stars.



I also saw this one (above)Michael Powell's 1966 They're A Weird Mob Urbane Italian journalist Nino Culotta (Walter Chiari) arrives to take up a job as a sports writer in King Cross, and ends working as a brickie's laborer.

After John O'Grady's spoof book, everyone in Australia was a bit apprehensive about how our country would be portrayed. We went patriotically looking for the stunning
shots of Sydney Harbour, but also got this:



Local stars were Ed Devereaux,John Mellion, and Chips Rafferty.

Clare Dunne played the romantic interest:







film poster:




Richard Chamberlain and David Gulpilil met up under the Bridge in Peter Weir's 1977 film The Last Wave . Also saw that:



But I've failed to catch Yahoo Serious's more recent film Mr Accident, which really gave it the treatment:




as it did the SOH:



I say this film (below) Harry Watts 1959 Thje Siege of Pinchgut starring Hollywood tough-guy Aldo Ray and released in the US as Four Desperate Men deserves a remake . Seen it.



The strong plot, in which four escaped convicts take over little Fort Denison (Pinchgut Island) in Sydney Harbour and threaten to turn its guns on an ammunition ship at Garden Island seems tailor-made made for the Terrorism Age.. Modern action movie treatment would work with this one. The film, recently re-released on DVD, has police sharpshooters up on the Bridge, btw.

But the setting around Pinchgut has become even more dramatic now, as I pointed out on another thread:




Nearby, The Rocks were the city setting for Leslie Norman's 1957 film The Shiralee , starring Peter Finch, Dana Wilson, Elizabeth Sellers, with appearances also by Charles Tingwell, Bill Kerr and Ed Devereaux. Seen it. Excellent. Oddly I think D'Arcy Niland's book sets the city partrs of this tale in Melbourne's Carlton - but Norman must have preferred the Sydney location.



George Ogilvie did an excellent telemovie remake of this film 30 years later, starring Bryan Brown - just right for the role - with Rebecca Smart and Noni Hazelhurst.




Melbourne got its first taste of Hollywood with Stanley Kramer's classic 1959 end of the world film On The Beach, starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins:



It's not quite true that Ava Gardner said Melbourne was a good place to make a film about the end of the world: The Age's film critic Colin Bennett pretty much confessed to making that quote up years later. But Gardner did pretty much feel that way.



In actor's persectives notes on the film Gardner later recalled that Melbourne was hit by a heatwave while it was being made. She likened Melbourne's 6 O'clock closing to Prohibition, found the locals friendly and gutsy, but overwhelmed by having a big film production going on around their city. When streets were blocked off on a Sunday morning filming one of the city's leading churchmnen lambasted Kramer for interfering with the freedom of worship.

Still, Ava was paid US$400,000 for her role - an incredible sum in those days.



The film opened simultaneously in 17 world capitals, and
became rallying point for the ban-the-bomb movement of the era, although it is now somewhat dated. A TV mini-series was made in the US of the story by Australian author Nevil Shute many years later.


Sydney was a bit more accustomed to movie stars: another film that started out in Sydney Harbour was John Farrow's 1955 Hollywood production The Sea Chase, which - with a nautical bent - I saw and liked a lot. It starred John Wayne, Lana Turner and Tab Hunter, and involved a German freighter breaking out of ASydney Harbour at the start of World War 11, and being chased by allied warships. A typical adventure pic of the postwar period.




The film that vaguely started me thinking about this thread however, was Donald Crombie's 1976 Caddie,
starring Jacki Weaver, Helen Morse and Jack Thompson.
A Depression era story about a wealthy young woman who leaves an unfaithful husband and does it hard working as a barmaid and living in the backstreets of Woolomoloo I think. Anyway, I started thinking about this when I was putting together a nostalgia thread on the back streets of Sydney.






Fortunately for us, Melbourne has become a creative hub of the Australian film industry in more recent decades. Maybe it took off with this, George Miller's 1979 Mad Max, which probably launched Mel Gibson's international career I guess.



Started out among the Westies of Melbourne as I recall, before the sequels with Tina Turner etc moved up to locations outside Broken Hill.



I may be the only kill-joy in Australia who found Rob Sitch's The Castle, starring Michael Caton and set around Melbourne, too simple and hick for my tastes.



But ...we're getting slicker all the time. Robert Connolly's The Bank (2001) - David Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia, Sibylla Budd and Michelle Roberts - gave Collins Street and its institutions some of the treatment they deserve






and actually, its a bit scarey to realize that it is seven years since I saw Andrew Dominick's Chopper, (2000)with Eric Bana and Vince Colosimo. It would be even scarier to meet Chopper Read:





I'm running out of steam here: back to Sydney. I thought Ray Lawrence's Lantana , with Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush and Kerry Armstrong, was pretty good - but agree with a US review I read that found it dragging in places.




And, great as she is, the long lingering facials of Cate Blanchett in Little Fish, about drug dealing in Sydney, too indulgent.Why do Aussie moves over-reach for these effects so often. Our best TV dramas don't do it:



Mathew Saville's 2002 Roy Hollsdotter Live was a low budget short comedy feature set around North Melbourne and Fitzroy - about a lovelorn performer stalking a lost girlfriend with a long lens camera. Starred Darren Casey and John Clarke








Obviously there's hundreds of location-specific films I've missed...




Crocodile Dundee...Death in Brunswick...Puberty Blues


to be continued if anyone shows interest. Let's know which ones you think should be included or have enjoyed. Maybe list 5-10 best Australian made (or located) movies.

some of the archival information here came from the Senses of Cinema site essay 'The Polysemous Coathanger:
The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Feature Film 1930-1982' by Lennart Jacobsen

for now, that's it. Bronte
 

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I want to see The Bank - was it originally a direct to DVD or something?

I saw Little Fish at an arthouse cinema in Edinburgh last year (just before the festival) - enjoyed it muchly, brought back fond memories of being a kid and watching play school with Noni on it!!!!!! :)
 

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great thread
what a good movie Dons Party was.
1979 Puberty Blues was filmed in Cronulla.classic.


 

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Awesome, but little know film, set in Adelaide - one of my all time favourites.

Shine was filmed extensively around Adeladie of course (probably the most well know film)

Love Story 2050, apparently some massive bollywood film, partly filmed in Adelaide (in fact they asked to film in our house :D )

Thunderstruck (the AC/DC) film in 04

+ many more

Coober Pedy:
Priscilla
Mad Max - beyond thunderdome
Pitch Black

Flinder's ranges:
Rabbit proof fence
 

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Brisbane:
Jackie Chan's First Strike
Inspector Gadget 2
48 Shades of Brown
The Real Macaw
The Phantom
That Bollywood Film they were making in Charlotte Street last year.
Gold Coast:
Muriels Wedding
Coolangatta Gold
Ghost Ship
Peter Pan
and many more
 

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I mentioned this in another thread but my company did The Bank and it is a great showcase for Melbourne - we used about 4 buildings as the Banks Head Office - see if you can pick which ones. We also did Crackerjack and Kenny (plus many others) so you can add those to the list of 'shot in Melbourne'.
 

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One of my fav movies The Matrix love this shot with Sydney Tower and city scape reflected in the bulging glass after the helicopter crash. Wow


Sydney in the Future


Sydney reflections


Looking great Sydney night scene


Harbour Bridge in background


Overlooking Darling Harbour


Another top of building shot


Campbell St Railway overpass


Surry Hills


General shot
 

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what an absolutely great contemp update nOchAos^^ My kids loved The Matrix.

Continuing on in my old fart fashion, I saved up a couple BEAUTS from my era. Tastes vary, but if you've never caught British independent director Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout(1971) give yourself a scenery treat anyway. It's available on DVD.

Naturally an outback story it qualifies for the 'city' tag here because it starts out in the eastern suburbs of Sydney -Vaucluse/Dover Heights/Watsons Bay area from memory, altho i can't find any stills to illustrate that.

And from memory, I think they drive across the Bridge;



For Australians, the funny thing is the transitions make it seem that the outback and deserts start about 30 minutes west of Sydney:





Plot involves two English private school kids (Jennifer Aguta (?) Abutter and director Roeg's little son Luc Roeg) who are taken into the country by their suicidal father (John Mellion), who torches the car before doing himself in:



Kids are saved by nomadic aboriginal youth (David Gulpilil)
wwho seems to take them on walkabout right across outback Australia. Stunning scenery, great old mining ghost town shots, even a bit of nubile schoolgirl titallation at a billabong:



mostly innocent









sometimes eerie:





Nicolas Roeg's training was as a cinematographer, and that's reflected in most of his films, which include Full Body Massaage (1995) ..Don't Look Now (1973)...The Man Who Fell Back To Earth (1976) ...Bad Timing (1980). He's been described as a "romantic nihilist."



Roeg's connection with Australia probably started when he was a cameraman on Fred Zimmerman's The Sundowners, which starred Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov and Glynis Johns, and won five Academy Award nominations:






The Sundowners , Jon Cleary novel, was mainly filmed in the little NSW town of Nimmitabel:


Mitchum signing autographs for the locals:




filming



 

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I think Mission Impossible 2 shows Sydney off rather nicely, especially Governor Philip Tower
 

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One of my favourite films...Romper Stomper in Melbourne, opening scene filmed at Richmond Station.

and in Adelaide - Sample People with Kylie Minogue
 

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Ghost Rider has got to be one of the best for showing off Melbourne...
 

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If the matrix is is supposed to be future sydney when do we convert our cars to lefthand drive?lol

Anyway,
My favourite movie filmed in Adelaide must be Bad Boy Bubby (1993). A black comedy and very wierd for most tastes but quite a good movie. Won a few a awards to. Not for the faint hearted.

 

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The Bank is great. Need to see that one again. Look in ya videoshop tays.

"The Bridge featured frequently in Leslie Norman's film The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, with Ernest Borgnine, Ann Baxter, John Mills and Angela Lansbury as stars. "

Last time i read Summer of the seventeenth foll i thought all of it took place in melbourne and queensland. It's been a few years since i had to study it though.
 

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Anyway,
My favourite movie filmed in Adelaide must be Bad Boy Bubby (1993). A black comedy and very wierd for most tastes but quite a good movie. Won a few a awards to. Not for the faint hearted.

I remember seeing Bad Boy Bubby when it came out and thinking 'bloody weird'. The other day I was in the shopping mall across the road from where I live (Arlington, Virginia) and in the Music/DVD store there it was - a copy of bad boy bubby! Couldn't believe it. God knows what the yanks make of it.
 

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funnily enough, it did actually quite well overseas not sure about America but in Europe it was very successful.
 

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IM really excited about the new Australia movie being filmed at the moment in Bowen QLD. Cant wait to see Darwin being bombed by the japs.

Here is a few set pics of the bombing aftermath.






Darwin Fire Brigade


Starring Nicole and Hugh
 
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