Animal Kingdom (2010)
“There are no saints in the animal kingdom. Just breakfast and dinner.”
Australia’s answer to Martin Scorsese came alive in this critically acclaimed crime thriller, loosely based on the Walsh Street police shootings in Melbourne in 1988.
Scoring an Oscar nomination for Jackie Weaver, who played the family matriarch, the movie was filmed around Ivanhoe in Melbourne’s East, as well as the metropolitan area.
“He’s number one with your number two.”
Catapulting Shane Jacobson to the top of the Australian entertainment scene, Kenny is a mockumentary about a plumber for a portable toilet company.
The movie was filmed around some well-known hotspots in Melbourne, including Chapel Street, Flemington Racecourse, Calder Park, Avalon Airport, Maidstone and St Kilda, with a fitting premiere in the town of Poowong, Victoria.
“The true story of a life lost and found.”
Pulling at the heartstrings of cinemas everywhere, the true story of how a boy used Google Maps in Melbourne to find his biological family in India was turned into a film starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, scenes were filmed in India and Tasmania, as well as in the Melbourne suburbs of Elwood, Carlton, Northcote, Parkville and the CBD.
Mary and Max (2009)
“Sometimes perfect strangers make the best friends.”
Okay, so while it is stop-motion, we would be remiss not to include the critically acclaimed animation from Australian filmmaker Adam Elliot.
Starring Toni Collette, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana and Barry Humphries, the stop-motion Claymation short was set in Mount Waverley, with the characters and sets handmade and filmed in St Kilda.
“Every underdog has his day.”
The true story and family favourite about a dog who saves a penguin colony was set and filmed in Warrnambool on the Great Ocean Road.
Additional scenes were also filmed in Hobson’s Bay, Werribee, and at Docklands Studios in Melbourne.
Honourable mentions: Ghost Rider, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Queen of the Damned, Knowing, Crackerjack, The Man from Snowy River, Proof, Ride Like a Girl, Predestination, Romulus, My Father