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