Australian films strive to thrive at the box office

Loveland hits the cinemas, as we probe the performance of the other Australian films.
Ryan Kwanten as Jack in Loveland. Image: Bunya Productions.

Let’s dispose of the mainstream list quickly. Top of the tree is still The Batman with $29.3m in three weeks. Dog oozed sentiment about soldiers, a dog and a funeral to make number two with $1.33m off 343 screens; Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie got its dark manga fantasy clutches into around 70,000 people to debut with $929,000 off 140 screens.

The big news for the week is the launch of Loveland, written, directed, shot and edited by Ivan Sen, with Ryan Kwanten, Hugo Weaving and Jillian Nguyen leading the cast. The producers are David Jowsey, Angela Littlejohn, Greer Simpkin and Ivan Sen. Screenhub saw the potential of this film when the trailer came out last August.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.