CLASSIC movie The Castle is the nation's favourite Australian film of all time, according to a national cinema survey commissioned by Optus.
The majority of Australians surveyed (25 per cent) chose The Castle, starring Michael Caton and Anne Tenney, as their all time favourite Australian film, beating Crocodile Dundee (11 percent) and Australia (6 percent).
Michael Caton's Darryl Kerrigan, the "battler" father from The Castle, was voted Australia's favourite movie character with twenty-seven percent of the vote, beating The Drover from Australia (11 percent) and Muriel from Muriel's Wedding (9 percent).
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Celebrity Sami Lukis said The Castle was king of all Australian movies.
"Australian films feature heavily in my all-time top ten list - Chopper, Priscilla, Muriel's Wedding, Lantana and Wolf Creek to name only a few.
"But it seems that the movie to have truly touched the hearts and minds of the Australian people is an all-time classic. The Castle is king of Aussie movies."
Australian cinema continues to gather pace and plaudits alike. Future classic The Cup will be released this week, while Australia Day 2012 sees the release of the much anticipated Any Questions for Ben? from the production team behind The Castle; and A Few Best Men, from the writer/director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Also due for release next year is Mental, from director PJ Hogan, of Muriel's Wedding fame.
Australia's favourite films:
1. The Castle
2. Crocodile Dundee
5. Strictly Ballroom
6. Muriel's Wedding
7. Moulin Rouge
8. Wolf Creek
9. Rabbit-proof Fence
11. The Piano
12. Two Hands
14. Animal Kingdom
16. Mad Max
17. Picnic at Hanging Rock
18. Red Dog
19. Priscilla Queen of the Desert
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