SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about the ending of Samson & Delilah

In one way, Generation X is making its presence strongly felt on the Australian film scene: a swag of first- and second-time feature directors in their 30s and 40s are dominating the record 26 films in contention for the Australian Film Institute awards, with nominations to be announced in October and gongs distributed in December. But in another way, they’re not: the Australian public has become so hypnotised by American blockbusters that it is failing to notice.