The Films That Changed My Life: Bianca Bradey

November 25, 2015
The star of ‘Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead’ and the upcoming ‘A Night of Horror Volume 1 Anthology’, counts down the films that defined her.

She delivered one hell of a breakout performance in the Australian zombie film Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, and now young actress Bianca Bradey is returning to the big screen as part of A Night of Horror Volume 1 Anthology. Bringing together genre filmmakers from across the country, the feature is a pulse-charging mix tape of horror featuring zombies, demonic entities, self-surgery, cannibalism and more, and will appropriately open the A Night of Horror International Film Festival, which runs in Sydney November 26 to December 6.

Ahead of the film’s premiere, Bianca Bradey counted down the films that changed her life. While she’s best known thus far for her kickass action roles, the films that have rocked Bradey’s world include teen romances, a western masterpiece and a modern Australian classic.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I watched this movie so many times as a little girl. I wanted to be Audrey Hepburn, and to live this life. I was born in the wrong era. I wish I was around for the golden age of cinema. This was the film that made me want to become an actress.

Fifth Element

Sci-Fi at its absolute best. Great cast, strong & powerful female lead, sexy leading man (I thought I was going to marry Bruce Willis when I was a little girl), visually stunning, costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier… Luc Besson is a genius.

Animal Kingdom

My favourite film to ever come out of Australia. So raw, and brutal, and passionately honest.  And with such an original voice. I think David Michôd is a revelation. Seeing this made me realise the type of film I would love to make. The kind of story I want to tell.

The Princess Bride

I just love this film. The most perfect, wonderful, romantic, enchanting fairy-tale ever.

Wonderboys

I love the writing in this film. So subtle and poignant. And beautiful performances by the amazing cast.  Michael Douglas is amazing as the washed up professor, Tobey McGuire is so psychologically broken, and Robert Downey Jr is his irreverent and incorrigible best. I think I could watch only this film for the rest of my life and be happy. I would love to be in a film like this one day. I would love to WRITE a film like this one day.

Pretty Woman

This film is every little girl’s fantasy. To be swept away and rescued by a handsome prince. And to rescue him right back.  I’m a sucker for a love story.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I used to watch this film growing up with my big brother. I think it may be a random film choice for a little girl, but we loved it. They were so cool. So much is said without saying anything at all. It reminds me of summer days, playing cricket in our backyard, going for swims, and spending time with my brother, who was my hero.

The Little Mermaid

My favourite Disney film of all time. Because who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?!

Moonraker

Love James Bond. And Roger Moore was my favourite. He was such a ladies man!  I think that was his only motivation in all the films. Getting the bad guys and saving the world came second to picking up chicks. My secret dream growing up was to be a Bond girl one day.

Sixteen Candles

I know this movie by heart. John Hughes was an absolute genius.

A Night of Horror International Film Festival will play at the Dendy Cinema in Newtown November 26 to December 6. The full program and tickets are available here.  

Check out the trailer for A Night of Horror Volume 1 Anthology below.

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