It's been another hectic year where duties at the Australian Film Institute have sucked up most of my time and required me to watch a LOT of Australian features, documentaries, shorts and television dramas. I'm not complaining. Love it! But it makes my top ten a little skewed. Nevertheless, I managed to catch some festivals, some screeners, and even the odd regular film screening (radical!). Here's what I selected for my yearly wrap-up of films for The Big Issue magazine (edn. 396). Apart from the standout, they're in no particular order. They were selected from films that were on general release in Australia during 2011.
|Brad Pitt is the enigmatic patriarch in Tree of Life.|
|Saoirse Ronan in Hanna.|
|Passionate moments in Jane Eyre.|
|Heartbeats - from the precociously talented and beautiful Xavier Dolan|