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Pretty much any time I write about Australian movies, someone will be moved to share their thoughts on the subject. Typically, they go like this: “I haven’t been to see an Australian movie since Crocodile Dundee because they’re all terrible.” Like, seriously? How will you know if you never ever go?

Right now, though, the naysayers (and there are many) don’t even have to leave home to put their prejudices to the test. They can do so right from the couch because, with zero fanfare, the ABC suddenly made 28 Australian movies available on iView two weeks ago under the banner “Yours to stream: Australian movies”.

Ngarla Kunoth plays Jedda and Robert Tudawali is the warrior Marbuck in Charles and Elsa Chauvel's 1955 film Jedda.

Ngarla Kunoth plays Jedda and Robert Tudawali is the warrior Marbuck in Charles and Elsa Chauvel’s 1955 film Jedda.

It was an impressive opening selection, with Muriel’s Wedding, Romper Stomper, Somersault, Samson and Delilah, The Little Death and Proof among the many worth watching. Titles come and go – as I write there are 39 on the platform – and most will drop off the service by mid-August. But that’s a decent opportunity to hop on in, take a chance, and just maybe have your mind changed (and to all of those who need no convincing, just enjoy).

Thanks to this parochial pandemic playlist I have finally plugged a couple of embarrassing holes in my own viewing history: Jedda (1955) and The Square (2008).