Australia has contributed to popular culture in several ways. Australia has made a successful impact to music, film, television and sport. There are many popular movies, actors and singers that have been nominated or have won many different awards. Australia has also participated in many sporting events like the Olympic games, cricket and soccer.
There are numerous Australian artist and bands that have sold millions of songs and albums worldwide. According to source C, during the 1980’s bands like INXS and AC/DC have succeeded in global recognition by representing diversity of sounds. Whereas singers like Gotye and Sia have achieved international fame. Sia is a successful singer who has been nominated for over 40 awards and has won more than ten awards. Famous Australian singers and bands today are 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS), Iggy Azalea and Guy Sebastian. Pop, country and rock are popular genres that most Australian artists perform.
Australian actors are big in Hollywood, actors like Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman star in many American based films with an ‘American’ accent. Mad Max (1979), Crocodile Dundee (1986) and Muriel’s Wedding (1994) were great Australian movies that people around the world enjoyed. They got to see how life is and looks like in Australia. Mad max (2015) won more than 30 movie awards. Not only were actors successful in Hollywood, so were Australian directors. In source D it states that directors such as Peter Weir and Bruce Beresford have had long and successful careers in Hollywood, even while they were behind the camera. Television shows like home & away and neighbours were the top Australian shows. These shows are based in Australia and display how Australians live life. People in the UK genuinely enjoyed watching these Australian television dramas.
Sport is an important part of the Australian culture. Australia has participated in many international competitions such as the Olympics, commonwealth games and the FIFA world cup. Source E shows that the Australian soccer team won the final in the Asian cup during 2015. Australia’s women’s national soccer team, the Matildas also won against the US in 2017. There are many Australian athletes who have participated in the Olympic games. Ian Thorpe is known to be the most successful Olympian in Australia. He is a freestyle simmer who has won 5 gold, three silver and a bronze medal. Australia has hosted the Olympic games twice, in Melbourne 1956 and in Sydney 2000.