Best Australian Films 2020: plunging into genre, betting the audience gets the point

As the screen sector contemplates the same small group of films, we ask what we mean by quality.

What is the Australian hero film of the year? The answer takes us straight into the post-colonial tall-poppy genre=bad/art=good quicksand around Australian identity and the power of filthy lucre.

We have one box office success which is in profit around the world. That film is The Invisible Man. Released in the middle of March, it made $150m around the world and $5.52m in Australia before COVID-19 struck. Director Leigh Whannell shows us once again the value of a talented director whose approach is honed by international experience. 

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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.