Bring on part two
Some movies are so good they leave us begging for more, and these five Australian classics are crying out for a sequel.
Here’s our (not always entirely serious) pitch for follow-ups. BYO popcorn.
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK
Peter Weir’s 1975 classic was so convincingly eerie that many still believe the fictional mystery of three vanished schoolgirls and their teacher to be true. The movie provided no answers, but Joan Lindsay, author of the novel, wrote an extra chapter called Secret of Hanging Rock, hinting at supernatural events and a time warp through which the girls vanish. Sadly it was published posthumously, but someone smart could pick up the thread. M. Night Shyamalan perhaps?
The sequel: Secret of Hanging Rock
With Hollywood’s current love affair with supernatural, sci-fi and fantasy, a crowd-pleasing option would find the girls on another planet, in another dimension or time. Actor John Jarratt featured in the original as young Albert, so we’ve brought him back for the sequel as his psychopathic Wolf Creek character, Mick Taylor. To add chills, Mick’s stalking the girls through space and time. Throw some dragons in and you’ve got a surefire hit.
For the 22 years since its release, fans have longed for a follow-up to this offbeat comedy directed by P.J. Hogan and starring Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. The tale of lovable misfits who flee humdrum Porpoise Spit for the big smoke ended with the pair disappearing over the horizon.
The sequel: Muriel 2: You’re Terrible
Muriel Heslop and Rhonda Epinstock are back! It’s Mamma Mia meets Crocodile Dundee meets Thelma & Louise! We meet Muriel and Rhonda today, after they’ve both notched up a few divorces. They’ve outgrown Australia, so they’re off to the US and the resulting madcap road movie features ABBA numbers with cameo guests including Kanye (on The Winner Takes It All). Plus: Muriel has a surprise long lost daughter conceived during the original movie. Who’s the daddy?
THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
This 1994 gloriously camp road movie from Stephan Elliot, starring Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp as three ageing drag queens travelling across the outback on their bus, Priscilla, made for a hit musical – so how about a celluloid sequel? We’re desperate for further rapier banter from Mitzi, Bernadette and Felicia.
The sequel: The Further Adventures of Priscilla
Same bus, new desert! After the death of Tick’s wife Marion, he’s left to parent their son Benjamin, now 18. Bernadette and Mitzi step in to help, with hilarious results. Our heroes take troubled Ben to Vegas to learn some life lessons while they perform their new cabaret support act to Celine Dion. Mariah Carey has a cameo.
Like Priscilla, Baz Luhrmann’s beloved 1992 dance movie is currently a stage musical. But we’d love to see Scott and Fran bring their rebellious moves back to the big screen.
The Sequel: Strictly En Pointe
Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice return as Scott and Fran, but as they’re in their fifties the action focuses on their son, Dougie, who’s inherited his parents’ skills. In a cool flip of the original theme, this boy is a talented street dancer who yearns to perform classical ballet. He overcomes his parents’ disapproval to chase his dream. With shades of Billy Elliot and hot dance scenes aplenty, it’s a winner.
We’ve missed the quirky Kerrigan clan, led by Michael Caton’s lovable Darryl, since their high court victory at the end of Rob Sitch’s 1997 original. Everyone would welcome a return of Aussie cinema’s most famous and funniest battlers.
The Sequel: King of the Castle
The Kerrigans are back and Darryl’s not dreamin’ – he’s won the lotto! Now in his autumn years, the Kerrigan patriarch buys a blinging mansion in Sydney’s Vaucluse, hoping for a quiet retirement with wife Sal. But things get complicated when the grown-up kids move back in, lured by glamour. As family dramas unfold, Darryl comes to realise he prefers the simple life. After all, how many pool rooms does a bloke really need?
By Amy Cooper