Thursday, 26 January 2012

Top 10 Geoffrey Rush films

Congratulations to Geoffrey Rush on being named Australian of the Year. Of course, he's done amazing work for the arts in Australia and has won an Oscar, Tony and Emmy award. He has also won three AFI awards, three BAFTAs, two Golden Globes and four SAGs. In honour of his achievements, I thought it might be an opportune moment to reflect on some of his best work as an actor.

1) Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Blacksmith Will Turner and eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow team up to save the governor's daughter from Jack's former crewmen who are now undead. Johnny Depp may be the star, but I think Rush stole the film with his performance.

2) The King's Speech
King George VI of Britain seeks the help of a speech therapist to help him overcome his impediment. Colin Firth won the Academy Award, but Rush was an amazing support and was also nominated for an Oscar.





3) Shine
Based on a true story of Australian pianist, David Helfgott, it tells the story of how a music lover overcomes a breakdown to find his passion again. This is the film that made Rush known internationally. He won an Oscar for best actor.

4) Quills
An infamous writer winds up in an insane asylum and befriends two impressionable people. Powerful performance from Rush, which earned him an Oscar nomiantion.





5) Bran Nue Dae
A young man in Broome begins a journey of self-discovery while struggling with life in a mission. Rush's character was so entertaining.

6) Lantana
The mystery surrounding the death of a psychiatrist as multiple storylines coverage. A great Australian film. Rush was terrific in it.





7) Elizabeth
Tells the story of the early years of Elizabeth I's reign in England. Rush has a pivotal role.

8) Finding Nemo
A shy clown-fish tries to find his son who has gone missing in the Great Barrier Reef. Rush puts his unique voice to good use in this film.





9) Shakespeare In Love
I didn't really like this film, but Rush was brilliant in it and earned another Academy Award nomination.

10) Ned Kelly
The legendary story of Australia's most iconic outlaw. A great role for Rush.

Notable mentions:
Frida, Candy, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.




What are your favourite Geoffrey Rush films/performances?

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