Remarkable Films

The Home of Remarkable Films in Australia & New Zealand

Madman Entertainment is an independent distributor with a focus on remarkable stories. We are proud to share films with audiences in Australia and New Zealand that transcend the screen; start conversations, encourage reflection and empower change.

From documentaries that reflect on our national identity, to bold dramas that push the boundaries of cinema, or animated content at the bleeding edge of creativity, Madman represents content that connects with audiences well beyond the cinema or lounge room.

Our Purpose

Connect audiences in Australia & New Zealand with remarkable storytelling that will entertain and inspire.

Films distributed by Madman include over 100 Academy Award® nominees and winners. Headlined by 2020’s historic Best Picture win for PARASITE; over 35 documentary nominees and Best Documentary Feature wins for SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN, MAN ON WIRE, FREE SOLO, CITIZENFOUR and THE COVE; over 20 nominations for Best International Film including THE QUIET GIRL, FLEE, CAPERNAUM, TONI ERDMANN, THE HUNT, A ROYAL AFFAIR, DEPARTURES, THE COUNTERFEITERS; and Best Animated Feature winners SPIRITED AWAY, LOVING VINCENT and HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE.

More than 25 films have premiered in the Festival de Cannes Official Competition including PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, PATERSON, HIDDEN (CACHE), GOMORRA, MELANCHOLIA, THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD, BIUITIFUL.

On the home front Madman has distributed over 20 AACTA (The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards) nominated films for Best Feature Film including NITRAM, HIGH GROUND, JASPER JONES, SNOWTOWN, THE HUNTER, ANIMAL KINGDOM, NOISE and KENNY; and Best Documentary Film winners including GURRUMUL, THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM, THAT SUGAR FILM, MOUNTAIN, RIVER and NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD.

Madman has distributed a number of New Zealand films that rank amongst the highest grossing local films of all time including HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, THE BREAKER UPPERERS, SAVAGE recently adding classics SIONES WEDDING & WHALE RIDER to the catalogue.

Since inception, Madman has been a proactive member across screen industry bodies AIDA, AHEDA & SPA.

Madman is actively engaged in several strategic ventures, including investment stakes in the CCM (Curzon, Cinéart and Madman) development fund, production outfit Third Man Films, and distribution output agreements with local powerhouse Producers GoodThing Productions and Piki Films.

Madman’s home entertainment sales and operations division has consistently ranked top three distributors in the ANZ territory. The division is continuing to grow, providing sublicencing, aggregation and agency services for BBC, Crunchyroll, Palace Enterprises, Icon Film Distribution, Acorn TV, ViaVision, Umbrella Entertainment, Limelight, Hi Gloss, Eagle and Defiant.

Madman Entertainment also operates and curates two wholly owned streaming platforms DocPlay and Garage on a proprietary VoD technology platform.

Madman is currently developing a Reconciliation Action Plan and is well placed to continue delivering tangible and substantive positive outcomes for First Nations peoples and culture.

A Brief History

Madman Entertainment was founded in 1996 by Paul Wiegard and Tim Anderson. The company operated two vertically integrated business units; Madman Film Group and Madman Anime Group (MAG). Overnight MAG became the leading Anime distributor in ANZ and went on to establish the streaming platform AnimeLab and events business Madman Anime Festival. In 2019, the MAG business became a fully owned subsidiary of Crunchyroll. The Madman Entertainment business remains today a privately owned enterprise with offices located in Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.

Madman presents the best in independent and award-winning cinema on DVD and Blu-ray on our easy-to-use online shop. Discover festival favourites, feature films, acclaimed documentaries and cult classics. Enjoy fast shipping and easy returns.

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Our curators are proud to share films with our Madman On Demand audience that transcend the screen; starting conversations, encouraging reflection and empowering change. Madman on Demand curates cinema which demands to be noticed!

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DocPlay is the destination for the world's best documentaries. With a focus on curation and quality stories, DocPlay is the dedicated home of documentary content in Australia and New Zealand. Available on a range of desktop, mobile and integrated media devices, the DocPlay catalogue is available to stream instantly to lovers of real stories, whether at home or on the go.

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Garage is the largest channel of action adventure movies and TV programs in the world. Garage boasts the world's most comprehensive adventure sports film and TV library, representing over 3,000 titles including many of the most well known and loved brands in the space. Garage produces award winning feature films and TV shows which are offered exclusively first on our own platform.

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