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Desert Island Flicks Videos

In these video excerpts from our Desert Island Flicks program, our celebrity 'castaways' reveal the personal stories behind their top five flicks - the only films they could pack if they were banished to a desert island.


Kitty Flanagan

Kitty Flanagan - Renowned comedian, television writer and sketch show extraordinaire

> Out of Sight
> Junebug
> The Guard
> Idiocracy
> Little Miss Sunshine


Wesley Burt

Wesley Burt - Acclaimed film (Lord of the Rings) and videogame (Fallout) designer

> Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
> Pulp Fiction
> Amelie
> Time Bandits
> Heat


Kaz Cooke

Kaz Cooke - Author (Up the Duff), cartoonist and broadcaster

> The Women
> Thelma and Louise
> Moonrise Kingdom
> Holiday
> His Girl Friday


Brendan Maclean

Brendan Maclean - Musician, broadcaster and actor (The Great Gatsby)

> Billy Elliot
> Carnage
> Synecdoche, New York
> Weekend
> The Nightmare Before Christmas


Paul Capsis

Paul Capsis - Celebrated screen and stage performer (Angela's Kitchen)

> Cabaret
> All About Eve
> A Star is Born
> Rebecca
> Apocalypse Now


Neville Page

Neville Page - Award-winning designer, illustrator and creature designer (Avatar, Prometheus, Star Trek)

> Jaws
> My Dinner with Andre
> Star Wars
> Alien
> That's Entertainment


David McAllister AM

 David McAllister AM - Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet

> That's Dancing
> Million Dollar Mermaid
> Gone with the Wind
> Waterloo Bridge
> The Turning Point


Dan Sultan

Dan Sultan - Award-winning musician (Male Artist of the Year, ARIA Awards)

> Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
> La Bamba
> The Big Lebowski
> Misery
> Scarface


Shane Jacobson

Shane Jacobson - Actor (Kenny), TV presenter, entertainer

> Apocalypse Now
> Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
> One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
> Parenthood
The January Man


Warwick Thornton

Warwick Thornton - Writer, director (Samson & Delilah) and artist 

> Another State of Mind
> Exit Through the Gift Shop
> Wild at Heart
> Down by Law
Repo Man


Marieke Hardy

Marieke Hardy - Screenwriter, columnist, blogger, radio host and author (Laid)

> Happiness
> This is England
> West Side Story
> Bugsy Malone
> Beyond the Valley of the Dolls


Tony Birch

Tony Birch - Acclaimed Melbourne writer (Shadowboxing, Father's Day, Blood)

> Kes
> The Hustler
> Splendour in the Grass
> Good Will Hunting
> Frances


Shaun Tan
Shaun Tan - Oscar-winning animator, author and illustrator (The Lost Thing)

> The Triplets of Belleville
> You, the Living
> A Town Called Panic
> Brazil

Bob Ellis
Bob Ellis - Journalist, filmmaker and political commentator (The Nostradamus Kid)

> The Seventh Seal
> The Hustler
> Modern Times
> Jules and Jim
The Best Years of our Lives

Margaret Pomeranz

Margaret Pomeranz - Beloved film critic and Australian icon (At the Movies)

> Nashville
> The Flower of My Secret
> The Women
> In the Cut
> Magnolia (video not available)

Kate Holden
Kate Holden - Celebrated author, columnist and world traveller (In My Skin: A Memoir, The Age)

> In the Mood for Love
> Local Hero
> The Princess Bride
> Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
The Thin Red Line

Julia Zemiro
Julia Zemiro - Beloved star of the stage and small screen (RockWiz, So Frenchy, So Chic)

> Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
> As It Is in Heaven
> After the Wedding
> The Lives of Others
> The Taste of Others

Iain McCaig
Iain McCaig - Renowned illustrator and filmmaker (The Hobbit, Star Wars Episodes 1-3)

> Casino Royale
> The Motorcycle Diaries
> The Piano
> Amadeus
> Amelie

Clare Bowditch
Clare Bowditch - Award-winning musician (Best Female ARIA, Best Female Rolling Stone Award)

> High Tide
> It's a Wonderful Life
> The Piano
> Zorba the Greek
> In the Mood for Love

Eddie Perfect
Eddie Perfect - Composer, actor and comedian (Shane Warne The Musical, Offspring)

> Jesus Christ Superstar
> Hedwig and the Angry Inch
> How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
> Hercules
> The Muppet Movie

Poh Ling Yeow
Poh Ling Yeow - Artist and cooking extraordinaire (Masterchef, Poh's Kitchen)

Jestem (I Am)
Midnight Cowboy
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Farewell My Concubine

Rachel Perkins
Rachel Perkins - Indigenous filmmaker and director (Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, One Night the Moon)

The Piano
Withnail and I

Roy Conli
Roy Conli - Disney producer (Tangled, The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Pulp Fiction
> Dr Strangelove
On the Waterfront
> Children of Paradise (Les enfants du paradis)

Zan Rowe
Zan Rowe - Radio presenter and Hottest 100 compiler

> The Nightmare Before Christmas
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Coming to America
Stop Making Sense
Dead Man

Julian Burnside
Julian Burnside - Barrister and human rights advocate

> Atonement 
> Being There 
> Lives of Others 
> Waltz with Bashir 
> Z 

Nadia Tass
Nadia Tass - Award-winning director and producer (Malcolm, The Big Steal)

Burnt by the Sun 
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 
The Conformist  

Catherine Deveny
Catherine Deveny - Comedian, writer and cultural commentator

Mary and Max
> Lost in Translation
High Tide
The Wizard of Oz

Tim Burton
Tim Burton - Artist and director (Edward Scissorhands, Batman and Alice in Wonderland)

The Omega Man 
War of the Gargantuas
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
The Wicker Man (1973)
Dracula A.D. 1972

Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin
Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin - Respected Indigenous elder

Rain Man
Pretty Woman
On Golden Pond
Bran Nue Dae

Chris Masters with host Deb Verhoeven
Chris Masters - Walkley Award-winning journalist and author

> The Ox-Bow Incident
> Wake in Fright
> M*A*S*H
> Life of Brian
> The Wire

David Stratton
David Stratton - Author and film critic (At the Movies, The Australian)

Duel in the Sun
Smiles of a Summer Night 
Loves of a Blonde 
Singin' in the Rain 
The Last Wave 

Adam Elliot

Adam Elliot - Oscar-winning animator (Harvie Krumpet, Mary and Max)

My Life as a Dog
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 

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