The 80s are back and they’re coming fast.
Here are the best 80s films available now.
The 80s were a watershed decade in Australian cinema history, as the genre was born as a direct response to the cultural crisis of the sixties.
There was a shift from a time when people were buying and consuming movies that were essentially glorified television shows to a time where people were consuming the films they saw and creating their own memories of them.
As the decade progressed, the genre also began to reflect Australian society in many ways.
At the time, the 80-year-old genre had a strong cult following.
But the cultural revolution that occurred during the 1980s also brought a major shift in the way audiences consumed entertainment.
We began to see more independent films, and that in turn made the genre more accessible to a wider audience.
From a purely commercial standpoint, the format had already become an industry staple by the time the first blockbuster hit the screen in 1984.
A film like The Great Escape, for example, had already been released by 1983, and was expected to generate millions of dollars for the industry.
In contrast, it was the success of The Great Train Robbery that allowed the genre to enter the mainstream.
However, despite its popularity, the 70s and 80s remained a challenging time in the industry, as a number of major films, like The Karate Kid and The Three Stooges, were cancelled in the years following.
While the genre flourished in the early to mid-80s, it had to fight off several other forces that were also challenging the industry and pushing back against the trends of the day.
First and foremost was the advent of social media.
While social media had only been around for a few years when the 80’s began, it would eventually become a critical force in Australian filmmaking.
It allowed the industry to keep up with the changing world of social networking.
And, despite a lack of mainstream movie release dates in the 70’s, 80s and 90s, a number popular franchises, like Ghostbusters and Star Wars: Episode 1, would still see their first public screenings.
With these new social platforms, audiences could see the films of the decade in a much more immediate way.
This was a critical factor in how many films became available for streaming.
For example, in the late 90s and early 2000s, The Karation Kid, The Three Stooge, and The Great Railway Robbery were released on the free streaming service VidAngel.
These films were available in both standard definition and high definition for the first time, and were available to watch over the internet for free.
Although there were still some major film releases during this period, it allowed the release of many more films that had never been released in Australia before.
Even the 80th anniversary of the release, of The Karated Detective and The Karating Gym, was able to be streamed over the Internet.
Over time, these new streaming platforms also created a wider range of content.
Through social media, we were able to watch films from all over the world and see the content that would otherwise not be accessible to us.
Furthermore, in a globalised world, there was a huge amount of information available on the internet.
All this meant that the industry was able continue to offer audiences what they had grown to love and respect, even if the genre became increasingly niche in the process.
Finally, there were also changes to the film business itself.
By the late 1990s, the number of movies in theatres was increasing, with demand for the genre growing with it.
Therefore, the industry began to focus more on the overseas market, where films were usually made.
Unfortunately, the films released in this market did not have the same quality of attention and respect as those released in Australian theatres.
Despite this, the market was still ripe for new films, particularly those from the 70-80 year old genre.
When the golden age of 80s cinema finally came to an end in the mid-90s, many thought that the golden era of cinema had finally come to an an end.
Yet, as we saw the genre reach its pinnacle in the 1990s and 2000s before finally ending in the 90s once again, the film industry is still alive and well today.