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Wolf Creek’s lasting legacy: Sequel, series & promising careers

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Wolf Creek is finding new life on television screens a decade after its release, but what are its stars up to these days?

By Caris Bizzaca

It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since Wolf Creek first hit cinema screens, earning fans like Quentin Tarantino and leaving audiences (and many tourists) quaking in their seats.

Here’s a look at what those three stranded backpackers, director Greg McLean and Mick Taylor himself have been up to in the years since.

John Jarratt

The cult status of Wolf Creek is so enormous, that actor John Jarratt is almost daily recognised as the man who played serial killer Mick Taylor. Even more so at the moment, with Jarratt sporting the muttonchops and tattoos again for filming on a new Wolf Creek TV series, commissioned by SVOD service Stan. In the six-part series, Mick Taylor targets an American tourist family, but the tables are turned when 19-year-old Eve (Lucy Fry) survives the massacre and embarks on a mission of revenge.

It’s not the first time Jarratt’s revisited the iconic character – the sequel Wolf Creek 2 was released back in 2013.

Jarratt has been keeping busy in the past decade, appearing in everything from croc-horror flick Rogue, to gory comedy 100 Bloody Acres (sending up his Mick Taylor stereotype), to Baz Luhrmann’s Australia and his mate Tarantino’s Django Unchained.

Jarratt also turned his hand to directing this year with the comedy thriller StalkHer, in which he also starred in.

Greg McLean

Writer/director Greg McLean followed up the success of Wolf Creek, with another nail-biter, the killer croc flick Rogue, before getting back into the fray with Wolf Creek 2. Tonally different, the sequel he claimed was more of a chase flick than the all-out horror of the first film.

Fans also got more of a glimpse into Mick Taylor’s backstory when McLean co-wrote two novels Wolf Creek: Origin and Wolf Creek: Desolation Game.

As well as work on the upcoming Wolf Creek series for Stan, McLean has directed a supernatural horror thriller in the US called 6 Miranda Drive.

Cassandra Magrath

Since playing the doomed backpacker Liz, Cassandra Magrath has appeared in guest roles on a wealth of Australian television series, including Neighbours, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, House Husbands, Winners & Losers and Utopia.

Most recently, audiences would have seen Magrath as Hayley on TV series Wentworth Prison and as Jackie on Footballer Wants a Wife. Next up is a role in upcoming horror movie Scare Campaign, by the filmmakers of 100 Bloody Acres, Colin and Cameron Cairns.

Kestie Morassi

The face on the chilling and iconic poster of Wolf Creek, Kestie Morassi followed up her performance in the horror flick with a role in the first series of Underbelly. She played Zarah Garde-Wilson, an Australian solicitor who represented some of Victoria’s most prominent underworld figures including Carl Williams and Tony Mokbel.

Morassi also starred in TV series Satisfaction, film The Wedding Party with Josh Lucas and Isabel Lucas, and has had guest roles in Offspring season one as well as popular ABC series The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Nathan Phillips

A self-confessed scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies, Nathan Phillips has mainly appeared in movie roles since playing backpacker Ben Mitchell. Most recently, he appeared in Australian flick These Final Hours, which screened at Cannes Film Festival as well as US series The Bridge.

His credits also include Chernobyl Diaries, Aussie films Summer Coda and Balibo as well as Snakes on a Plane.

** Wolf Creek the TV series is currently in production for Stan, funded by Screen Australia.

Truly terrifying Aussie films

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With Halloween just around the corner, here are some of the most terrifying Aussie films to have come out over the past 30 years…

Wyrmwood (2013)

Family man and mechanic Barry teams up with Benny on a cross-country mission through the zombie-ravaged Australian bushland in an attempt to rescue Barry’s sister Brooke, who has been kidnapped and is getting experimented on.

Watch it now on iTunes and Google Play

The Babadook (2013)

After the death of her husband, a woman is plagued by her son’s fears of a shadowy monster.

Watch it now on iTunes, Google Play or Quickflix

100 Bloody Acres (2012)

A couple of small business owners are caught up in a bloody mess.

Watch it now on Google Play or Quickflix

Bait (2011)

A sleepy, coastal town is hit by a freak tsunami and a group of survivors are trapped in a flooded supermarket with several hungry sharks.

Watch it now on iTunes or Google Play

The Tunnel (2011)

This never before seen footage follows a news crew chasing a story about government cover-up in a disused labyrinth of tunnels under Sydney’s St James train station.

Watch it now on Netflix, iTunes and Google Play

The Reef (2010)

Four friends attempt to swim for land after their yacht capsizes on a week-long sailing trip, only to be stalked by a great white shark.

Watch it now on Netflix, Stan or Google Play

The Loved Ones (2009)

Brent declines Lola’s invitation to the school dance. Lola’s over-protective father kidnaps Brent and father and daughter force Brent to endure a macabre formal of their own making.

Watch it on Netflix, iTunes or Google Play

Rogue (2006)

A saltwater crocodile terrorises a group of tourists in Kakadu National Park.

Watch it on Stan, iTunes or Google Play

Wolf Creek (2004)

Three backpackers are abducted in the isolated Australian outback.

Watch it on Stan, iTunes or Google Play

Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Bubby has been locked in an apartment in Adelaide for all of his 35-years, believing the air outside to be poisonous… Until he makes his escape, going on a shocking journey of self-discovery.

Watch it on DVD

Razorback (1984)

A man is pitted against a vicious killer while searching for his missing wife.

Watch it on DVD

The Castle: top 10 quotes

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It’s been two decades since The Castle soared onto screens, but it’s still not unusual to find some of its iconic one-liners dropped into everyday conversation.

The beloved 1997 comedy introduced us not only to the blue-collar Kerrigans, but their profound words of wisdom, including “tell ’em to get stuffed” and “how’s the serenity?”.

Here are our top ten quotes from the movie.

1

“Tell him he’s dreamin'”

Translation: What to tell the bloke from the Trading Post asking way too much for jousting sticks or ergonomic chairs.

2

“We’re going to Bonnie Doon. We’re going to Bonnie Doon”

Translation: The repetitive song you should sing when driving to Bonnie Doon.

3

“How’s the serenity? So much serenity”

Translation: What to say when you’re feeling calm and content. Or you just like saying the word serenity.

4

“Go on tell ’em! Dale dug a hole.”

Translation: Dale dug a hole. His dad was pretty proud.

5

“Suffer in your jocks!”

Translation: A scornful phrase to tell another person after victory. E.g. Perfect for saying to the opposing counsel after winning a court case.

6

“It’s not a house. It’s a home”

Translation: When a property is built with more than bricks and mortar – it’s built with memories and love.

7

“It’s the vibe of it. It’s the Constitution. It’s Mabo. It’s justice. It’s law. It’s the vibe and ah, no that’s it. It’s the vibe. I rest my case.”

Translation: How not to win a court case.

8

“What do you call this?” “Chicken.”

Translation: The excited phrase to say at the start of every meal, regardless of what’s in front of you.

9

“Dad reckoned that fishing was 10% brain and 95% muscle. And the rest was just good luck”

Translation: Pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t get it, maybe you’re missing out on the 10% brains part.

10

“This is going straight to the pool room”

Translation: I’m so chuffed with this thoughtful present, I’m putting it on display for all to see.

Aussie actors in Hollywood

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You might have seen these talented actors in your favourite US TV shows without realising that they are in fact, home-grown. We’re taking a look at some of the Aussies popping up in US drama all over the place.

Yael Stone

Sydney-born Yael graduated from NIDA and starred in a number of Australian TV shows like All Saints and Spirited, before taking on the role of perennially red-lipped, hopeless romantic Lorna Morello in the cult Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Much like Margot Robbie did in The Wolf of Wall Street, Yael nailed the Brooklyn/Boston hybrid accent so convincingly, many are surprised to find out that she is in fact Australian. Stone has been a series regular on the first three seasons, with the fourth set for release in 2016.

Watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix, Quickflix or iTunes. Watch Spirited on iTunes or Google Play.

Bojana Novakovic

Serbia-born Bojana moved to Australia as a child and also graduated from NIDA. You might have seen her in local films Burning Man, Not Suitable For Children, Charlie’s Country and The Little Death, or ABC series Rake. Novakovic has also been working the US and recently starred on the hit Showtime drama Shameless, a remake of the original UK show, where she played the main character Will Gallagher’s love interest, Bianca in season 5.

Watch Not Suitable for Children on Quickflix or iTunes. Watch Charlie’s Country on Quickflix or Google Play. See The Little Death on Quickflix or Google Play.

Josh Lawson

Speaking of The Little Death, its writer and director, Queensland-born Josh Lawson is himself a well-known actor who has starred in all four seasons of the Showtime drama House of Lies as Doug Guggenheim. You would already know Lawson from his prolific acting career in Aussie TV shows like Home and Away, Blue Heelers, Sea Patrol and The Librarians, as well as films Any Questions for Ben?, The Campaign and Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues.

The Little Death is on Quickflix and Google Play. Catch Sea Patrol on iTunes. Watch Any Questions for Ben? on iTunes. The Campaign is on Stan, iTunes ad Google Play. Anchorman 2 is on iTunes and Google Play.

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Clare Bowen

Clare Bowen grew up in and around the Sydney and Wollongong region, making a foray into the acting world with small roles in local productions like Home and Away, All Saints and Not Suitable For Children before scoring one of the lead roles in ABC country drama Nashville as the talented but shy singer/songwriter Scarlett O’Connor.

Catch Nashville on iTunes. Not Suitable for Children is on Quickflix and iTunes.

Aisha Dee

Aisha Dee’s breakout role on The Saddle Club paved the way for the young Gold Coast-born actress to secure roles in the US sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter as MacKenzie, and in the ABC drama Chasing Life as Beth Kingston, the Australian-born best friend of cancer-stricken April Carve

Matt Passmore

Queensland-born Matthew Passmore started out in Aussie TV shows like Blue Heelers, McLeod’s Daughters and Underbelly before finding success in the US TV industry.  He played the lead role of Jim Longworth in all four season of crime drama The Glades and is currently gracing US TV screens in the title role of Neil Truman in Satisfaction.

McLeod’s Daughters is on Stan and iTunes. Underbelly is available at Stan and iTunes. The Glades is on Google Play.

Maia Mitchell

Talented singer and actress Maia Mitchell was born in Lismore, NSW and made her TV debut in Australian TV series Mortified where she played lead Brittany Flune and even won an AFI award for Best Children’s TV Series. She followed this up with roles in local teen series Trapped and Castaway and Disney comedy Jessie, before taking on the role of Callie Jacob in ABC family drama The Fosters.

Mortified can be found on Netflix.