Karl Quinn on the Australian Film Industry crisis that won’t go away

November 29, 2009

Karul Quinn on the on going crisis in our woeful film Industry (some highlights from article below):

“By most critical reckonings it was an impressive list, even if the most popular local film of the year, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, was not on it. But it was also a list that masked deep problems. To put it bluntly, the Australian film industry is in deep crisis.”

“If Australia ($38 million) and Mao’s Last Dancer ($14 million to date) are excluded from the take, the figures look decidedly anaemic – at best, about $20 million between all the other Australian films released.”

“Only Samson & Delilah has made a profit at the local box office. It has taken about $3.2 million on a budget of $1.6 million. (Australia, which cost $130 million, has taken $211 million globally.)”

“IF YOU’RE a typical Australian cinemagoer, you might greet all this with: ”So what? Australian films are crap anyway.” And even at the producers conference, there was much derisive talk of the Australian industry’s preference for ”depressing films about junkies in Darlingurst”.”

“Yet there is no denying the fact Australian movies do not connect with Australian audiences. The dollars do not lie. But is that because the films are no good, or because they haven’t been marketed and distributed properly?”

Do you think we at MUFF, who have constructed a ten year critique of the Industry, have ever, just once!, been inviting on one of these committees, or asked for our advice?

Here is a link to Karl Quinn’s article here.

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