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May 18, 2018

Sacred Cows: a controversial trailblazer for Australian strangeness

Ray Lawrence's Bliss certainly caused a stir at its release, but did it ever get the credit it deserves in the canon of Australian film?

David Latham

Freelance writer

Sacred Cows is a series dedicated to overrated cultural artefacts and the more deserving ones we’ve lost sight of in their shadows. Each installment will pose an argument for one or the other, re-evaluating the worth of a text and the praise it has (or hasn’t) received.

This week, David Latham makes the case for the 1985 Australian film Bliss.

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  1. Charles Pickett

    Thanks. Some years back curated an exhibition about Sydney as a movie location, a task which involved having at least a quick look at every movie made here during the 20th century.
    Bliss absolutely stood out from the worthy realism of the “Australian new wave”, and showed that so much more was possible. Its too long and rambles a lot but has some unforgettable scenes and character.
    Thanks again.

  2. Charles Pickett

    Thanks. Some years back curated an exhibition about Sydney as a movie location, a task which involved having at least a quick look at every movie made here during the 20th century.
    Bliss absolutely stood out from the worthy realism of the “Australian new wave”, and showed that so much more was possible. Its too long and rambles a lot but has some unforgettable scenes and character.
    Thanks again.

  3. rumtytum

    Perhaps Bliss might have done better if it had some music in it.

  4. Craig Morris

    Bliss is still one of my favourite Australian movies. It has a very nice soundtrack too. Sydney has changed a lot since 1985….watching traffic driving over Glebe Bridge before the monorail seems a bit of a novelty now.

    1. Craig Morris

      ….I meant Pyrmont Bridge (not Glebe Bridge)

  5. Whitehead Simon

    Bliss is far more entertaining than Lantana.

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