Best of the best

Rachel Grif­fiths joins World Movies’ birth­day cel­e­bra­tions to host the ul­ti­mate movie marathon. By DEB­BIE SCHIPP

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MURIEL’S Wed­ding didn’t make the cut – but that didn’t stop ac­claimed ac­tor Rachel Grif­fiths step­ping up to host World Movies’ de­liv­ery of 20 of the best films of the past two decades.

And there’s a good chance one of them, Amelie, will be part of Grif­fiths’ weekly fam­ily movie night – she gets to pick the flick on Fri­day nights, af­ter all.

“It’s my call – (for the kids it’s) a lit­tle bit of ed­u­ca­tion, maybe some­thing a lit­tle bit out­side their com­fort zone. I’d be look­ing for­ward to Amelie – I think my daugh­ter’s now old enough.”

The Os­car-nom­i­nated and Golden Globe and AFI-win­ning Aus­tralian ac­tor re­turned to Aus­tralia with hus­band An­drew Tay­lor and their two chil­dren three years ago af­ter a decade in Hol­ly­wood work­ing 80-hour weeks on net­work shows in­clud­ing Six Feet Un­der and

Broth­ers and Sis­ters in search of “a more nor­mal life”.

Grif­fiths rel­ishes tak­ing con­trol of the re­mote on Fri­day nights – even more than she rel­ished tak­ing con­trol of host­ing du­ties for World Movies 20th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion, which sees the chan­nel screen 20 award-win­ning movies over 20 nights. They in­clude Amelie, Crouch­ing Tiger Hid­den Dragon, The Girl With The Dragon Tat­too, Life is Beau­ti­ful, The Skin I Live In, Mo­tor­cy­cle Diaries, The Intouchables, Run Lola Run and Pan’s Labyrinth, among oth­ers. While Grif­fiths didn’t have a hand in choos­ing all of the movies, she’s im­pressed with the fi­nal list.

“I don’t dis­agree with any on the list – and I dis­cov­ered a few and I think that was kind of what you want,” she says.

Muriel’s Wed­ding, the movie that launched the in­ter­na­tional ca­reer of

Grif­fiths and fel­low Aus­tralian Toni Col­lete, didn’t qual­ify be­cause it was re­leased in 1994 – 21 years ago.

“You would think they could have cut the host some slack,” she jokes.

How­ever, Grif­fiths makes the list with an­other one of her Hol­ly­wood films – My Best Friend’s

Wed­ding (1997), in which she starred along­side Ju­lia Roberts and Cameron Diaz.

It made a re­cent movie night at Grif­fiths’ house – “the first per­for­mance my chil­dren have ac­tu­ally seen me do” – and the kids took the im­age of their fa­mous mum at work in their stride.

“It was funny, I was so un­recog­nis­able I think they ac­tu­ally for­got that mad old lady who screams at them ev­ery day is re­lated,” Grif­fiths laughs.

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