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List of Australian Movies and TV Shows on The Criterion Channel

Browse the full list of Australian movies and TV shows streaming on The Criterion Channel. Sort by Reelgood, IMDB rating, popularity and more to find something to watch!

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1. Mad Max

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6.9/10
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83/100
Released: 1979Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Cult

What it's about: Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. After some grisly events at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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2. Gallipoli

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7.4/10
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79/100
Released: 1981Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal eight-month conflict which pit the British and their allies against the Ottoman Empire and left over 500,000 men dead.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Picnic at Hanging Rock

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7.5/10
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77/100
Released: 1975Rated: PG
Drama, Cult

What it's about: In the early 1900s, Miranda attends a girls boarding school in Australia. One Valentine's Day, the school's typically strict headmistress treats the girls to a picnic field trip to an unusual but scenic volcanic formation called Hanging Rock. Despite rules against it, Miranda and several other girls venture off. It's not until the end of the day that the faculty realizes the girls and one of the teachers have disappeared mysteriously.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Breaker Morant

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7.8/10
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75/100
Released: 1980Rated: PG
Drama, History

What it's about: During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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5. Walkabout

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7.6/10
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75/100
Released: 1971Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Cult

What it's about: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with harsh wilderness alone. They are saved by a chance encounter with an Aborigine boy who shows them how to survive, and in the process underscores the disharmony between nature and modern life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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6. An Angel at My Table

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7.5/10
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73/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Based on the autobiographical work of New Zealand writer Janet Frame, this production depicts the author at various stage of her life. Afflicted with mental and emotional issues, Frame grows up in an impoverished family and experiences numerous tragedies while still in her youth, including the deaths of two of her siblings. Portrayed as an adult by Kerry Fox, Frame finds acclaim for her writing while still in a mental institution, and her success helps her move on with her life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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7. The Year of Living Dangerously

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7.1/10
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72/100
Released: 1982Rated: PG
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There—on the eve of an attempted coup—he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people, and also falls in love with a British national.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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8. Until the End of the World

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6.7/10
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71/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Until The End of the World is an odyssey for the modern age. As with Homer's Odyssey, the purpose of the journey is to restore sight -- a spiritual reconciliation between an obsessed father and a deserted son. Dr. Farber, in trying to find a cure for his wife's blindness, has created a device that allows the user to send images directly to the brain, enabling the blind to see.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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9. The Last Wave

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7.0/10
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70/100
Released: 1977Rated: PG
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: Australian lawyer David Burton agrees with reluctance to defend a group of aborigines charged with murdering one of their own. He suspects the victim was targeted for violating a tribal taboo, but the defendants deny any tribal association. Burton, plagued by apocalyptic visions of water, slowly realizes danger may come from his own involvement with the aborigines and their prophecies.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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10. Long Weekend

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6.6/10
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67/100
Released: 1979Rated: PG-13
Horror, Cult

What it's about: When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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11. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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7.3/10
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67/100
Released: 1978
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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12. My Brilliant Career

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7.1/10
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67/100
Released: 1979Rated: G
Biography, Independent

What it's about: A young woman who is determined to maintain her independence finds herself at odds with her family who wants her to tame her wild side and get married.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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13. Sweetie

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6.8/10
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66/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Explores sisters, in their twenties, their parents, and family dysfunctions. Kay is gangly and slightly askew, consulting a fortune teller and then falling in love with a man because of a mole on his face and a lock of hair; then, falling out of love when he plants a tree in their yard. Sweetie is plump, imperious, self-centered, and seriously mentally ill. The parents see none of the illness, seeing only their cute child. Kay mainly feels exasperation at her sister's impositions. Slowly, the film exposes how the roots of Sweetie's illness have choked Kay's own development. Can she be released?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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14. Don's Party

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6.8/10
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59/100
Released: 1976
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Don's Party stars John Hargreaves as Don Henderson, a schoolteacher living with his wife, Kath (Jeanie Drynan), in 1969. Out of boredom, he invites a small group of friends to celebrate a predicted Australian Labor Party (ALP) election victory, much to the dismay of his wife.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Prime Video).

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15. The Cars That Ate Paris

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5.6/10
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53/100
Released: 1974Rated: PG
Comedy, Cult

What it's about: After the death of his brother on the road, unemployed and unstable drifter Arthur Waldo stays for a while in the rural Australian town of Paris as the guest of the mayor, who hopes he will become a permanent member of the Paris population. Arthur soon realizes the quaint hamlet has a sinister secret: they orchestrate car accidents and rob the victims. Survivors are brought to the local hospital, lobotomized, and used for a local doctor's experiments.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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16. The Getting of Wisdom

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6.4/10
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52/100
Released: 1977
Drama

What it's about: The Getting of Wisdom is based on the 1910 novel by Henry Handel Richardson (born Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson). Her novel is thought to be an account of her own schooldays at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne. The film is about a young girl, Laura Tweedle-Rambotham who grew up in the outback, and at around the age of 14, is sent off by her poor mother who has scrimped and saved for her to go to a prestigious women’s private college in Melbourne, the Presbyterian Ladies College.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Prime Video).

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17. Starstruck

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7.0/10
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50/100
Released: 1982Rated: PG
Comedy, Musical

What it's about: A new-wave extravaganza in which a young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel & 2 others).

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18. The Plumber

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6.5/10
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48/100
Released: 1979
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: At first simply grating, the presence of a hard-edged, macho plumber who damages more than he repairs and returns day after day soon turns menacing for the intellectual wife of a distracted doctor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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19. Puberty Blues

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5.9/10
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48/100
Released: 1981Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney. Meet Sue, an Australian teenager in the late 70s, whose life mainly consists of doing what all the other girls do: watch the surfing boys and have sex with the same surfing boys. The girls have to follow lots of strange customs, e.g. do not eat or go to the bathroom when a boy is around. Ugly girls have two choices - being bitches and hate boys, or being generally cheap and looked down upon by everyone. The afternoons are spent on the beaches, in the backseats of cars or at home-alone parties where sex and alcohol are the main ingredients. Parents and teachers are trying to straighten the kids out, but that is not easy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Google Play).

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20. Storm Boy

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7.0/10
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47/100
Released: 1977
Drama, Family

What it's about: Mike is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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21. Sunday Too Far Away

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7.0/10
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45/100
Released: 1975
Drama

What it's about: A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & The Criterion Channel) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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22. Newsfront

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7.0/10
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42/100
Released: 1978Rated: PG
Drama, History

What it's about: Surprisingly adventurous saga of an intrepid group of cinematographers and reporters who risk life and limb to capture footage of breaking news for the movie-going public.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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23. Passionless Moments

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7.1/10
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41/100
Released: 1983
Drama

What it's about: A series of the awkward trials of everyday living.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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24. Money Movers

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6.5/10
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40/100
Released: 1978Rated: R
Crime, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A group of crooks plan a heist to steal twenty million dollars from a Security Firm counting house.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi) & stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Shout Factory TV).

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25. An Exercise in Discipline: Peel

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6.3/10
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39/100
Released: 1982
Drama

What it's about: After throwing his orange peel out of the car window, a boy is kicked out of the car by his father, and forced to pick up every piece.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).

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26. Olympic Games 1956

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5.8/10
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33/100
Released: 1956
Documentary, Sport

What it's about: A documentary covering the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne and Stockholm.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel).