Ten Australian accents by foreign actors, from worst to best – classified | Movie theater

THEOne day, as I was flipping through the corridors of the now-departed Samuel French Bookshop in Los Angeles, a patisserie for actors and writers, I stumbled upon an educational CD. He claimed to have helped the Oscar-winning nominee dominate the Australian accent, which the CD had easily broken down into about a dozen different “Australian” archetypes (including, I’m sorry to say that to those in Aotearoa, a single “New Zealand” ).

Having seen many try, and fail, to nail an Australian accent to the film, I realized that it was up there with the most difficult accents an American or British actor could attempt – such as a 19th century Irishman (RIP Tom Cruise) or any pan-London accent Don Cheadle contributed to Ocean’s Eleven. What, I wondered, were the cornerstones of his teachings? Are you learning to sing the true lyrics of Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? Do you order pie and sauce at the milk bar?

As Leith McPherson, Head of Voice and Motion at Victorian College of the Arts, explains in this amusing video: “There is no Australian accent.” This is the mystery of the Australian accent to the actors. despite the myriad variations in our accents, dialects and idioms (sometimes within the same city, let alone in different states), Hollywood’s Australian accents often end up occupying the same strange valley. It can be a matter of preparation time, the dialect coach and if anyone in the production has, in fact, ever heard speak Australian.

So who nailed it and who sadly failed? Let’s take a tiring journey to the ring-in Strine, from the ridiculous to the wonderful.

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10. Jude Law, Contagion (2011)

Jude Law’s portrayal of “Truth Serum” malicious blogger Alan Krumwiede was so confusing that it took me years to realize, even though I had watched Contagion about 45 times, that he had to be Australian. One critic, Luke Holland, described it as an accent “generally reserved for mockery of ashes between countries”. I would describe it as worthy of official trade sanctions against the US and the UK.

9. Robert Kazinsky and Max Martini, Pacific Rim (2013)

In this rock ’em sock’em science fiction, Kazinsky (from Sussex, England) and Martini (New York, NY) pilot a huge Jaeger robot, “evocatively” named Striker Eureka. Although both are said to be from Sydney, their accents fall somewhere between Dick Van Dyke and a local New Yorker. It’s enough to make you want to see a giant alien monster emerge from the Opera House. And while we’re at it, why is their mascot team a British bulldog? Have you ever heard of Red Dog? Or for that matter, where is Australia ?!

8. Robert Downey Jr, Natural Born Killers (1994)

A lot is happening here, and most of it suggests that Downey spent time preparing for the Oliver Stone thriller, throwing back double espresso and watching that Simpsons episode. (Which, for the record, will not make it to this list, mainly because of the number of times I have had to smile and wink as they tell me.) Downey returned for a second service at Tropic Thunder, his favorite movie. “You can not say anything these days !!” people in the comment sections.

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7. Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained (2012)

Tarantino as a miner in Django Unchained. Note: this clip contains offensive language and violence

We all know that Tarantino loves Ozsploitation, so it was no surprise that he would eventually include Australian characters in one of his films – we just did not expect him to play one of them. Despite being marinated in Australian cinema for years, the director ends up sounding like he is quoting Richard Roxburgh’s “South African” Hugo Stamp in Mission: Impossible 2. Well, at least he understands his appearance.

6. Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake (2013)

Okay, look, I know Detective Robin Griffin had to be born in Aotearoa, New Zealand and then move to Sydney at a young age, but if there was any sense that Moss consciously “made” a Sam Neill or Russell Crowe here, it would be fine. Instead, Griffin’s accent exists in a frightening world between Australians and Americans. I guess it adds to the overall disturbing atmosphere of the series? Bad news: things did not improve in the 2017 sequel, Top of the Lake: China Girl, but at least Moss’s accent was dominated by Nicole Kidman’s wig and fake teeth.

5. Liev Schreiber, Mental (2012)

Wow, 2012-13 was definitely a banner season for fake Australian accents, huh? PJ Hogan’s tender if’s wide-ranging family mental illness comedy shows Toni Collette making such a Strine accent that Schreiber, as a Trevor shark expert, does not look so bad by comparison. He was still in a relationship with Our Naomi Watts at the time, so it is possible that some of his accent was influenced by the report on “Australians Out”.

4. Benedict Cumberbatch, The Fifth Estate (2013)

Playing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Benadryl Cucumberbundt’s accent and quirk are great! (His lace wig, on the other hand, is the boot of all boots.) he does not seem to be constantly thinking about pronunciation. For his part, Assange described the experience of listening to the play as “cute”, although he appreciated the actor’s refusal to play Assange as (according to the proposal of director Bill Condon) a “sociopathic bigot”. Did anyone really see this movie?

3. Kate Winslet, Holy Smoke! (1999)

La Winslet’s first crack in an Australian accent came in Jane Campion’s high satire on religion and sex. Playing Ruth, who has been heavily armed with reprogramming by her family after falling into a new era of worship in India, Winslet is almost a Sans Souci fan who has become a very good spiritualist for you. In a 2000 interview with the Guardian, Winslet described Ruth as “such a fucking little cow – even though she was even more rude in the script. I had to be exaggerated and yet I put a lid on her and make her credible “.

2. Dev Patel, Lion (2016)

Patel’s portrayal as Saroo Brierley is so convincing that I left the cinema almost certain that I had a conversation with him at a party at Fitzroy in 2007. Just hear him shout “What it’s like” and “25!” at Rooney Mara. If he occasionally slips into a London vowel sound in moments of intense emotion, he is forgiving, even logical – after all, his stepmother is Nicole “mid-Atlantic” Kidman.

1. Kate Winslet, The Dressmaker (2015)

Here, guys, is the queen of Australian accents, going from nail to toe with the mighty Judy Davis in full flight. Thanks in part to the work of dialect coach Victoria Mielewska, Winslet is taking lessons from the filming of Holy Smoke! and turns them into a fully integrated show as Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s alternately hysterical and heartbreaking Australian Gothic classic. “I’m back, bastards!”

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