Is Australian or Outback western's a genre?


(ITFOR) #1

I saw The Proposition last week for the first time. not the greatest movie ever but i liked the visuals and many aspects of it and I wonder if many of that kind of movies were made. I know Quigley Down Under but I barely never heard of more movie of the genre… Sounds like a potentially good type of movies…

Anybody knows more of that kind of movie?


(davidf) #2

what about the 1957 peter finch “outback western” " robbery under arms" or of course the 1970 " ned kelly" with mick jagger or the more recent " ned kelly" with heath ledger and " mad dog morgan" with dennis hopper.these ones come straight to mind and i’m sure there are others.


(Sebastian) #3

Outback Western. is that a term you guys came up with (which I would find totally cool), or is that a term that is commonly used?


(davidf) #4

[quote=“Sebastian, post:3, topic:1150”]Outback Western. is that a term you guys came up with (which I would find totally cool), or is that a term that is commonly used?[/quote]afraid can’t take the credit for it.it is a term used to describe an australian horse opera film


(Lanky gunman) #5

Some years ago I saw -not an Australian but a New Zealand western “Utu” Very good movie about the fight of group of Maoris against the English army. Very violent and impressive.


(korano) #6

I believe the western is not about locations. If it has themes that are singular to the western genre then it is a western. Those themes are the taming and progression of a violent frontier region, fighting with the natives, robbing stagecoaches or trains, or even mule trains. I have heard of a “western” set in 900 AD China! (Warriors of Heaven and Earth.) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a western which takes place in South America along with Savage Pampas and Man, Pride and Vengeance. So yes, Australian Western are westerns.


(Yodlaf Peterson) #7

Is NED KELLY with Mick Jagger any good.

i picked it up recently from play for 3 or 4 quid.


(Romaine Fielding) #8

[quote=“Yodlaf Peterson, post:7, topic:1150”]Is NED KELLY with Mick Jagger any good.

i picked it up recently from play for 3 or 4 quid.[/quote]

Being an insular American, I’m not sure how much a quid is.
But, assuming it’s not very much I’d say you got what you paid for…


(Yodlaf Peterson) #9

a quid is £1, about $1.80 at the moment :slight_smile:


(Romaine Fielding) #10

Thanks. Well, that sounds about what I paid for it too.


(AceHigh) #11

Here’s how I view this topic: -Who directs the film?- An Australian or an Italian or someone from the States? If its an Italian, the film is a spaghetti western, if its an Australian, its an Outback western and so forth and so on. Having said that, there’s stiil no clear lines. If Mel Gibson were to make a western, I wouldn’t classify it as an Outback western. He’s too ‘Hollywood.’ Times are different from the good old days of the spaghetti…


(natos99) #12

Anything that has a certain amount of films would end up having its own genre I guess

I would like to see more Australian Westerns…

I need to find a shop similar to this heheh


(kit saginaw) #13

I’d consider it a ‘genre’… ripe for an exploitation-cycle. -Though restricted to landgrabbing and robbery scenarios. -With its own unique gun, popular in the ol’ outback; the duckfoot-pistol… with 4, 5, 6 barrels splayed like a duck’s foot, in the calibers of .36, .45. and .52.

I just saw Captain Fury a few days ago… an Irish rogue, banished to Australia to work on a greedy land-baron’s sheep-farm. He escapes, gathers a cult-following, then raids the countryside in Robin Hood-style.