One of the joys of Netflix is their vast library of international films that get no theatrical distribution in America. Seraphic Secret goes through periods of screening, including but not limited to, South Korean, British, Chinese, Scandinavian, Japanese, Bollywood, and most recently, Australian movies.
Aussie films have a peculiar charm that will have you calling your friends mate, and, if you are so inclined, hoisting endless glasses of beer. You will also feel compelled to have a cuppa, cup of tea. But do not, I repeat, do not under any circumstances enter an Australian bakery and order a golliwog.
Another charm of Australian cinema is the, um, Yiddish.
Yup, a common exclamation in Australia is (according to subtitles) “Oi”, equivalent to, “Hey!”, but which, to this Jewish screenwriter, sounds remarkably like “Oy”, shorthand for “Woe is me.”
Loopy linguistics aside, here are three films from Down Under that are outstanding and available via Netflix streaming.