Jan 26, 2017 9:35PM

Seven Great Aussie Films To Watch While You're Not Celebrating Invasion Day

#noprideingenocide
January 26 is a really hard day for a lot of people — it marks the beginning of the near-end for our Aboriginal people, and yet white Australians are encouraged to spend the day sinking tins and draping our national flag over their shoulders. It shouldn't be a day to flex pride, and that's obvious.
 
Today saw thousands of people marching in solidarity, demanding we change the date, because what January 26 really marks is Invasion Day. So, chances are you're all tuckered out from standing up for what you believe in, or you've refused to go down to your local for the questionable Australia Day 'celebrations'. Good on you. What you need to get stuck into now is some great Australian cinema… allow us to suggest a few crackers:
 
Walkabout
When an Aboriginal male turns 16, he's sent away to live off the land alone for months. In this film, two city kids are stranded in the outback after their dad's failed attempt to shoot them. They meet an Aboriginal boy who is on Walkabout who teaches them how to live. It's incredibly shot, so atmospheric that it is hallucinatory. If you watch just one, make it this.
 
Ghosts… Of The Civil Dead
This prison film, for which Nick Cave has writing credits, music credits and stars in, is epically overlooked. Mick Harvey also worked on the score, so you know it's thumping with suspense. The film centres around the inmates of a maximum security prison on the middle of the Australian desert. They're violent, so strangely violent that governors are sent to investigate why. It's a dark one.
 
Radiance
Radiance, starring none other than your girl Deborah Mailman, focuses on three sisters who reunite for their mother's funeral. There's resentment, pregnancies, and family secrets. So much drama.
 
He Died With A Felafel In His Hand
Starring a very young Noah Taylor, and backed by a soundtrack arguably as good as that of Trainspotting, this flick is about rolling through share houses and trying to find "love, meaning and bathroom solitude." Aren't we all.
 
Looking For Alibrandi
Pia Miranda, Anthony LaPaglia, and Matthew Newton before he turned yuck. The best film to come out of this country? Some would say yes. Especially if you're doing your HSC and a fan of Killing Heidi at the time of viewing. 
 
Black Balloon
With scenes of a little Gemma Ward in a pink stackhat, it's hard not to wanna dive into this flick. It's heaps good, heaps romantic, and pretty damn emotional. 
 
Where The Green Ants Dream
Dealing with the same issues we're dealing with right now, this film follows the battle of Aboriginal people and a bunch of white geologists. The white boys are looking for potential uranium mining sites, and the Aboriginal people are trying to explain that a certain part of the land happens to be where green ants dream — and if their sleep is interrupted, the world will come to an end. Guess who talks the loudest.
 
Photo: Walkabout

Hayley Morgan