List includes 'Gallipoli,' 'Muriel's Wedding'
SYDNEY — Voters have chosen their top five Aussie films in a poll by the Australian Film Institute, which is using the results to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a postage stamps issue.
In no particular order the list includes Peter Weir’s “Gallipoli,” starring Mel Gibson, about the First World War battle in Turkey in which 8,000 Australian troops died; Toni Collette’s breakthrough comedy “Muriel’s Wedding” from helmer P.J. Hogan; Stephan Elliott’s gay fantasia “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” with Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving; Rob Sitch’s micro-budget pic “The Castle,” about a working class family who win a battle against developers; and ensemble drama “Lantana” from director Ray Lawrence.
The stamps will be released through Australia Post on Monday.