The Golden Chooks

The Golden Chook (a chook is Australian slang for chicken) is an award bestowed on a film that's so bad it's good, or so silly it's entertaining, or so out there it's actually in there, or so pointless it becomes the point.

The Golden Chook is named in honour of the Film Finance Corporation, which, back in the early nineteen nineties, under then chief executive John Morris decided to select eight feature films for financing from a raft of scripts submitted by the industry. The bureaucratic selection process become known as "the chook raffle".

All eight films were box office flops, duds, turkeys, or, if you will, Golden Chooks. Other countries might have their Golden Raspberries or Razzies, or their Golden Turkeys, or their Guilty Pleasures, but here at OZMovies, we have our Golden Chooks (disclaimer: having produced one of the original Golden Chooks, the writer is a proud Golden Chook winner).

It should be noted that in many cases a Golden Chook indicates a film much more interesting than an average dull film, and should be taken as a sign that the show is well worth a look, at least for cultists.

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(Left: the US tape title for the film. Please note this listing has spoilers throughout). The Cinema Papers’ production survey provided this very short synopsis: Wendy works in a shoe factory; her husband, Ronnie, is a confectionary salesman. Their marriage is threatened when Wendy meets Jak... read more

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(Note: this listing contains spoilers throughout). The US VHS release went with “The last full moon you’ll ever see” on the front, while on the back of the pre-order trade release, ... read more

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The front of the First Release domestic VHS slick offered: A comedy about women, their men, adultery, attempted murder and money … pretty much the fabric of life! (This was a shortening of th... read more

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The Filmpac domestic VHS release pitched the film on the front cover as “She uncovered a place where ancient mysteries survive … and nightmares are real,” and then on the rear of th... read more

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The Australian VHS (RCA Columbia Hoyts) worked hard at its pitch, with the front cover suggesting “Laura Branigan brings the sensuality and fire to her performance that has made her one of the m... read more

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The NFSA’s DVD release calls the film “an early Australian silent melodrama depicting historical events on the Young district goldfields, then known as Lambing Flat." But the film might e... read more

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A Nation is Built was a sponsored drama documentary celebrating the 150th. (sesquicentenary) celebrations of the state of New South Wales, made by assembling images from all over the state, "from the ... read more

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The story of Ned Kelly and his gang, "filmed in Kelly country", near the Victorian country town of Benalla. The familiar story is framed by director Rupert Kathner, appearing as an artist sketching t... read more

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The Nelson VHS cover’s short synopsis verges on the fraudulent: Not since Bonnie and Clude have such infamous outlaws left such a long trail of bullet holes and broken hearts. This movie begin... read more

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(Note: this listing contains spoilers, and images some might consider gross). The original Australian Premiere VHS release had the logline "In the absence of James Bond and Indiana Jones, Les Patters... read more

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