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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Prejudicial attitudes drive mixed-race white-Aboriginal to violence in this hard-hitting, uncompromisingly violent Australian drama. Tommy Lewis turns in a superb central performance as the film's main protagonist. Also starring Jack Thompson, Angela Punch McGregor and Bryan Brown in a small early role.

Tommy Lewis in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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Age of Consent (1969) dir: Michael Powell Blu Ray (Indicator)

This little-seen Australian film from the twilight of Powell's career is a beautifully-filmed if occasionally awkward effort. Interesting performances by James Mason and Helen Mirren (the latter in her first major film role) feature in this adaptation of Norman Lindsay's controversial novel.

Helen Mirren in Age of Consent (1969)

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The Pyjama Girl Case (1977) starring Ray Milland Blu Ray (Arrow)

This Italian-made mystery, set in Sydney in Australia, was inspired by an actual murder case which occurred in the same area. Far from being the typical giallo, it’s one of those films which could leave the viewer genuinely in two minds about it.

Dalila Di Lazzaro in The Pyjama Girl Case

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Hounds of Love (2016) directed by Ben Young Blu Ray (Arrow)

This Australian horror thriller loosely inspired by a real-life criminal case may upset dog lovers but is an agonisingly tense look at the pure evil that might lurk behind banal suburban reality.

Emma Booth and Stephen Curry in Hounds of Love

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