Andrew Bolt on the Australian Film Industry Crisis
May 18, 2008
Andrew Bolt is a lot of fun. While I may not agree with a lot of his conservative trex in the Herald Sun, I can’t help but like the fact he is our answer to Bill O’Reilly… or even Stephen Colbert. This guy needs his own reactionary TV show! He used to be an arts writer too, so he has a stone in his shoe about the vast wastage of tax payer dollars in the arts community. Bolt should be taken more seriously as a writer, than many give him credit for, in my eyes. And occasionally on various issues Mr.Bolt is spot on. Like, for example, in this article about the Australian films industry here.
He rightfully attacks Esther Blueberger for being the piece of shit it was. Yes, I saw it, what a turkey.
Here is a choice Bolt quote from the piece,
“The badness of Australian films is now so firmly fixed in the mind of the public that you’d earn more money selling tickets to the opening of a leper’s scabs.”
Pretty harsh, but acknowledging there is now a firmly entrenched prejudice against Australian films in the public’s eye, after 20 years of the current ‘regime’ running the film industry.
Bolt goes on to attack film critics who go easy on Australian films. Pointing out Stratton and Pomeranz from At The Movies, for chastisement.
There is a certain truth here. If people praise shit like Blueberger, Oyster Farmer, Danny Deckchair or laud unworthy accolades on mediocre at best films like Somersualt and The Black Balloon. How will anyone know, for example, that Rats and Cats that opens next week in a limited release really is a good, if not great, Australian movie?
Jim Schembri and Leigh Paatsch tell it like it is, many times, and should be commended for doing so.
The issue of critical responsibility is all part of the on going Crisis in the Australian film Industry declared in The MUFF manifesto. The crisis appears to be getting more serious, as time goes on.