Now is the perfect time to catch up on the best books, films, television shows, music and podcasts you might have missed. Below are five contemporary Australian films that should go straight to the proverbial pool room.

Animal Kingdom
Tense, atmospheric and beautifully-acted thriller from writer-director David Michod. (SBS On Demand)

Jacki Weaver and Joel Edgerton star in Animal Kingdom.

Jacki Weaver and Joel Edgerton star in Animal Kingdom.Credit:Madman Entertainment

Samson and Delilah
Emotional teenage romance in Alice Springs that was a brilliant feature debut for director Warwick Thornton. (Stan)

Mad Max: Fury Road
Masterful action movie that won six Oscars and should have won best director for George Miller, too. (Stan)

The Babadook
Jennifer Kent redefined the horror genre with this gripping film starring Essie Davis. (Google Play)

Richly emotional drama from director Garth Davis about a man searching for his birth mother. (SBS On Demand)

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