The Castle, Muriel’s Wedding, Samson and Delilah VOTED THE TOP 3 AUSTRALIAN FILMS #YOUMUSTSEE

30 August 2018

Special event screenings announced 

Top 100 #YOUMUSTSEE films revealed 


Audiences have had their say in Adelaide Film Festival’s call to the nation to find the top three Australian feature films of all time and the results are in. Over 450 films were voted for but it was Aussie classics The Castle, Muriel’s Wedding and Samson & Delilah, that topped the list.  These films will be celebrated with special event screenings in the ADL Film Fest’s October program.

Rob Sitch, The Castle Director said “That acknowledgement is of course going straight to the pool room…or, if we ever do a sequel…the man cave… It’s worth pointing out that after all these years Darryl has been proved right about 3 Highview Cresent Coolaroo…next year, in real life, it’s getting the NBN!”

Star of The Castle, Stephen Curry said “I’m so excited that The Castle has topped the poll for ‘Best Australian film of all time’. It’s incredible to think that this little movie that took 11 days to shoot, 22 years ago, in which I wore that gorgeous mullet, still resonates so strongly with audiences today. I’m so proud of my association with this beautiful story and can’t wait to introduce the screening at the Adelaide Film Festival. I may just have to re-grow the mullet just for the occasion. Or maybe not.”

  • Bring the kids for a special school holiday screening of The Castle, introduced by Stephen Curry
  • Come home to Porpoise Spit with the Sing-a-Long Special Edition of Muriel’s Wedding.
  • Experience the power and emotion of Samson and Delilah, the only film both Margaret and David gave 5 STARS in 2009. Special introduction by director Warwick Thornton

Continuing the celebration of Australia’s rich cinematic history, the festival also presents the world premiere of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s (NFSA) digital restoration of South Australian classic starring Jack Thompson NFSA Restores: Sunday Too Far Away, which came in at #37 in the Top 100.


Plus Sarah Watt’s stunning debut Look Both Ways (#38 in the Top 100) shot in Port Adelaide, will screen with guests Justine Clarke and producer Bridget Ikin in conversation with Margaret Pomeranz.

Artistic Director and CEO of Adelaide Film Festival, Amanda Duthie said “The MY TOP 3 #YOUMUSTSEE initiative has given audiences a chance to reflect on the films that are forever stamped in our national psyche, and has generated vibrant debate about who we are and who we wish to be as a nation. Family has emerged as a major theme in the nation’s favourite films. We love Australian cinema and MY TOP 3 allowed us to re-connect audiences with the films they love, making it all the more special to bring the nation’s top 3 films back to the big screen.”

Amongst the Top 100, seven films are from Indigenous directors, 10 films star David Gulpilil, 22 are filmed or produced in South Australia, and 10 films are supported by the visionary Adelaide Film Festival FUND. Women directors represent 26% of the Top 100.

These cinematic gems screen alongside the exclusive premieres of new work from the ADL Film Fest FUND including Opening Night’s Hotel Mumbai from Anthony Maras, direct from its world premiere gala presentation at Toronto Film Festival, direct from Venice the Australian premiere world premiere of Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, the gala work-in-progress of Grant Sputore’s I Am Mother starring Hilary Swank and Clara Rugaard and the feature documentary, She Who Must Be Obeyed, about the remarkable Freda Glynn, directed by Erica Glynn.

Also to world premiere is Adelaide Film Festival FUND commissioned VR The Waiting Room from Molly Reynolds and Rolf de Heer, and the extension to 2017’s VR commission The Summation of Force, the short documentary The Art of the Game from director Matt Bate, with Trent Parke and Narelle Autio.



ADL Film Fest thanks all the partners who supported this national initiative:

#YOUMUSTSEE is an Adelaide Film Festival campaign with the support of Department for Industry and Skills, Screen Australia, Screen Producers Australia, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, South Australian Film Corporation, AFI/AACTA and GU Filmhouse.  Special thanks to: ABC, ACMI, ADG, AFTRS, AIDC, Ausfilm, AWG, City Mag, Channel 7, Documentary Australia, Filmink, Flicks, IF, InDaily, Junkee, SBS, Shark Island, The Adelaide Review, The Advertiser.


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ADL Film Fest’s Australian Films #YOUMUSTSEE Top 100 Films


1           The Castle 1997

2           Muriel’s Wedding 1994

3           Samson and Delilah 2009

4           Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002

5           The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 1993

6           Gallipoli 1981

7           Wake In Fright 1971

8           Picnic At Hanging Rock 1975

9           Lantana 2000

10         Strictly Ballroom 1991

11         Mad Max 1979

12         Mad Max : Fury Road 2012

13         The Dressmaker 2015

14         Sweet Country 2017

15         Ten Canoes 2006

16         Animal Kingdom 2010

17         The Babadook 2014

18         Red Dog 2011

19         Walkabout 1971

20         Shine 1995

21         Moulin Rouge! 2001

22         Chopper 2000

23         Bad Boy Bubby 1993

24         Two Hands 1998

25         The Year My Voice Broke 1987

26         Snowtown 2011

27         Lion 2016

28         Mad Max II 1981

29         Breaker Morant 1980

30         Crocodile Dundee 1986

31         Storm Boy 1976

32         The Dish 2000

33         The Sapphires 2012

34         The Tracker 2002

35         Looking For Alibrandi 1999

36         My Brilliant Career 1979

37         Sunday Too Far Away 1975

38         Look Both Ways 2005

39         Newsfront 1978

40         The Proposition 2005

41         Beneath Clouds 2002

42         Malcolm 1986

43         The Man from Snowy River 1982

44         Romper Stomper 1991

45         Breath 2017

46         Japanese Story 2002

47         Somersault 2004

48         Kenny 2006

49         Wolf Creek 2005

50         Australia 2008

51         Babe 1995

52         Cargo 2017

53         Love Serenade 1996

54         The Piano 1993

55         Charlie’s Country 2013

56         Last Cab to Darwin 2015

57         52 Tuesdays 2013

58         Mary And Max 2009

59         The Boys 1997

60         Dogs in Space 1986

61         Head On 1998

62         Proof 1990

63         Candy 2006

64         Mystery Road 2013

65         Blessed 2009

66         Bran Nue Dae 2009

67         Holding the Man 2015

68         The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 1977

69         Gettin’ Square 2003

70         He Died With A Felafel In His Hand 2001

71         Dead Calm 1989

72         Death In Brunswick 1990

73         The Black Balloon 2007

74         Bliss 1984

75         Cosi 1995

76         Don’s Party 1976

77         Girl Asleep 2015

78         The Big Steal 1990

79         The Cars That Ate Paris 1974

80         The Sum of Us 1994

81         Beautiful Kate 2009

82         Crackerjack 2002

83         Happy Feet 2006

84         Sweetie 1989

85         The Year of Living Dangerously 1982

86         They’re A Weird Mob 1966

87         Ali’s Wedding 2017

88         High Tide 1986

89         Wyrmwood 2010

90         Careful He Might Hear You 1983

91         Jasper Jones 2017

92         Little Fish 2005

93         Lucky Miles 2007

94         Man Of Flowers 1983

95         Paper Planes 2014

96         Road to Nhill 1996

97         Sherpa 2015

98         An Angel At My Table 1990

99         Idiot Box 1996

100       Jedda 1954