4YE’s 2017 Year In Review: They Came From A Land Down Under (Again) – The Year Aussies Took Over Hollywood

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If one thing stands out for me this year is the huge amount of Australians not just appearing on the big screen (and the small), but doing so with the all the fun and finesse expected of our casual laid-back folks.

We thought we’d run through a few of the Aussies that really stood out this year, that have an amazing career ahead of them, and ones that, while technically not Australian, in the age old custom, we are claiming them as ours.

Chris Hemsworth – Up until a few years ago, Hemsworth was only known in Australia on Home and Away, a long running soap opera. That was until, as a virtual Hollywood unknown, he was cast as the Mighty Thor. And this year with Thor: Ragnarok blowing the box office away, he has cemented his place firmly in the upper echelons of the industry.  Hemsworth has appeared in everything from drama to comedy as well as firmly inhabiting the fine physique of the legendary Asgardian.

Elizabeth Debicki – The lithesome and elegant Debicki was seen on screens smoking it up with Tom Hiddleston in The Night Manager, following her award winning performance in The Great Gatsby. She then appeared in that other Marvel hit of 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, followed by Valerian and The Thousand Planets and Breath. She is also set to appear in Vita and Virginia next year, and will be voicing the character of Mopsy in Peter Rabbit. Oh and let’s not forget GOTG3. 

Cate Blanchett – We don’t think we even need to tell you how amazing Cate is; every year is Cate’s year. In 2017, she played the villain opposite Hemsworth and Hiddleston in Thor: Ragnarok, but apart from those big blockbusters she is the Queen of Indie Film, appearing in Song to Song and the 15 minute short Red, about a mother who embodies a female redback spider, which eats its mate after sex. Certainly not resting on her laurels, Blanchett will appear on screen next year in Where’d You Go Bernadette, Ocean’s 8, The House With The Clock In Its Walls, and The Jungle Book.

Dacre Montgomery – The young new face on Stranger Things 2 has made quite a few fangirls since appearing on the Netflix original series as Billy. Dacre (pronounced Dayker) also appeared in A Few Less Men as well as playing Jason in Power Rangers. With a fan base that is rapidly growing, this talented Aussie is a name we will be hearing more and more of I think.

Nicole Kidman – While Kidman is a household name across the globe, this year she stepped on to the small screen in the adaptation of Big Little Lies (add more) as well as Top Of The Lake.  Like Blanchett, Kidman supports and does a wide range of roles. This year also saw her appear in The Beguiled, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and The Upside. We eagerly await her appearance in Aquaman next year as well.

Margot Robbie – Like Blanchett and Kidman, Margot Robbie has launched in to the production side of movies, as well as appearing in Goodbye Christopher Robin, I, Tonya, and the soon to be released Terminal. Robbie is certainly cementing her place as one of the powerhouse Aussie women in Hollywood.

Taika Waititi –  We know; you’re all shouting “but he’s a Kiwi,” well here’s the thing.  There is an age old tradition where we, Aussies that is, take anything from New Zealand and make it our own: Russell Crowe, Crowded House, although Pavlova was definitely Australian, and the Kiwi’s tried to steal it. So in that time honoured tradition, Taika gets a guernsey on my list.

My top 3 ones to watch out for in 2018 though…

Kodi Smit-McPhee – This young actor already has a slew of film credits under his belt including ParaNorman, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and X-Men Apocalypse. He also starred in the The Road with Viggo Mortensen, and that earned him an AFI (Australian Film Institute) nomination. Smit-Mcphee has the potential to make some amazing work ahead of him. We will see him onscreen again in Alpha, a film set in the last Ice Age as well as returning in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Keiynan Lonsdale – Lonsdale is known to Australian fans of locally produced show Dance Academy, where he played the role of Ollie Lloyd; he then played Uriah Pedrad in the Divergent film franchise. But he became a rising star when he hit the big time playing Wally West/Kid Flash on The Flash. Lonsdale, who hails from Sydney, will reprise his role in the next franchise film, Ascendant as well as appearing in the 20th Century Fox new release I, Simon.

Emma Booth – If you love horror films, you have probably seen the terrifying Hounds of Love, the Australian film that scooped a series of awards at The Venice Film Festival and across the globe, not only for Booth but for director Ben Young. Booth also appears in Once Upon a Time as Gothel/Eloise Gardner. She is soon to be seen again in another Young directed film, Extinctions.

I could go on but you know, we’re a humble lot down here.

Jacie Anderson
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