Australian films to keep you company on Valentine’s Day

Australian filmmakers have something for everyone, however swooning or cynical you might be feeling.

The birds are singing. The Hallmarks are gathering in the newsagent’s card aisles and the season of love is upon us once more. It’s everyone’s favourite commercial non-holiday: Valentines Day! Now, we may have mixed feelings about 14 February; to some, it’s chance for romance, while for others, it’s just another day at the week. This year, we’ve collected some fantastic Australian films from across the years for viewers of any disposition this Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’re snuggling up with a new lover, mourning a past one, keen to throw popcorn at an onscreen smooch or entirely non-observant, these are some great local films that run the gamut of human intimacy,  from swoon-worthy to utterly cynical. There should be something to enjoy here for anyone – and why not celebrate? after all, worst comes to worst: it’s Friday. 

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob