Australia Day Reviews

January 24, 2019
Taking one of the most loaded terms in Australian history as its titular provocation, Australia Day asks us to think about what one might be running towards - and whether ineffective systemic management of inbred injustice can amount to anything more...
October 23, 2017
This is a busy film... perhaps too much so. I like things "thick and fast" but with so many storylines, there's not a lot of time to question the actions of these characters.
September 22, 2017
Australia Day is a few cans short of a barbecue.
September 22, 2017
Run Lola Run meets Gran Torino; breathtakingly fast-moving, a very well-made thriller.
September 22, 2017
Australia Day is a gruelling journey through the streets of Brisbane and subterranean national prejudices, but it does have a lot of heart and features some excellent performances.
September 22, 2017
The darker side of human nature and of the Australian character get a searing going over in this outstanding, topical, compelling drama designed to make you feel and think deeper about the underside of Australian life. Superbly directed by Kriv Stenders.
September 20, 2017
[Bryan] Brown uses his capacity for stillness with great effect, to suggest weight in his character.
September 20, 2017
Initially, the story is carried along by the momentum of its characters. But when they run out of steam, so does the screenplay.
September 11, 2017
A big, broiling stew of complex thought, Australia Day is a provocative, intelligent film that dares to pick, probe and ask a lot of burning questions.
August 29, 2017
A series of predictable story arcs, rudimentary characters and simplistic viewpoints on racism continuously weaken the good intentions behind the creation of Australia Day.
July 4, 2017
It holds a mirror up to contemporary Australian society and offers those unfamiliar with its tensions a relatively factual dramatic experience.
June 20, 2017
There's little that's subtle about that combination of elements, nor about director Kriv Stenders and writer Stephen M. Irwin's exploration of the attitudes that both bind and divide contemporary Australia.
June 14, 2017
"Australia Day" is stuck in an interconnecting formula that propagates stereotypes, and wedges gaps between racial tribes that no closing montage can correct.
June 13, 2017
A story with plenty of sparks and no fire.