I should clarify:
It’s a fairly well known meme in Australia that the movies we’ve been making since the early '90s are generally not that interesting to Australian audiences. Obviously there are numerous exceptions to this and I’m not saying all Australian movies are uninteresting crap. But rather a lot of them are. We just don’t seem to make consistently “interesting” movies the way the US or the UK does, for example- at least IMHO.
I realise our movie industry is a lot smaller and there isn’t the financial backing to make lots of movies every year, but generally when I see a new Australian film coming out, I groan inwardly, knowing it’s almost certainly going to be some sort of “slice of life” film that people outside Melbourne can’t relate to, a film version of a TV comedy series, something about the challenges faced by members of Ethnic Group X in some way, or generally stuff that has a surprisingly limited (IMHO) mass-market appeal.
I’m still trying to work out if it’s partly cultural cringe or whether there really is a problem with the film industry here- perhaps trying not to end up making Crocodile Dundee IV: Crocodile Harder is causing some sort of film-making conservatism?