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Filmmakers Victoria Cocks and Kirsty Stark have harnessed the power of Twitter to call attention to their TV series Wastelander Panda. Their experiemt was a success, with the ABC commissioning six episodes.

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Phillip Adams: no money should have gone to Gatsby

Crikey readers talk film subsidies, pollies’ entitlements and the short-lived era of muzak in the workplace.

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Make pollies pay for full price for their sangas

Crikey readers talk politicians’ entitlements, why the film industry subsidy is a rort and privacy and healthcare.

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Lights, camera, crowdfunding: how films are made Pozible

Start-up filmmakers are increasingly turning to crowdfunding websites to finance projects. The Pozible platform has even partnered government agencies to boost cash in the sector.

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Screen Oz calls cut on funds — drama ends six months early

Australian film and television funding body Screen Australia has spent all its drama budget — six months ahead of the end of the financial year. How could it let the kitty get so low?

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Logic says film post-production firms struggling

The consolidation of the Australian post-production industry — led by Animal Logic — is another symptom of the highly competitive nature of global creative industries.

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Screen Australia says no conflict over film funding

Screen Australia has defended its most recent feature film funding round against conflict of interest allegations after it bankrolled the projects of a Screen Australia director and an employee charged with assessing which scripts receive cash.

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Leave the glamour to Hollywood and celebrate niche

Were this week’s AACTA Awards any better than the old AFIs? The spruced-up gongs show the Australian film industry still hasn’t come to terms with its niche status.

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Australia doesn’t need better films, just better distribution

Australian films only took 3.9% of the domestic box office last year. The Adelaide Film Festival’s outgoing director Katrina Sedgwick argues the entire business model of cinema is changing fast.

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New Aussie film Surviving Georgia’s deceptive marketing manoeuvrings

New Aussie film Surviving Georgia is, sadly, a true blue howler, says Luke Buckmaster. So why does The Guardian give it four stars? Actually, it was a reader on the Guardian’s website, not the publication itself…

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First Gatsby, now Miller … how American stories win Aussie film funds

How Australian is Arthur Miller’s 1955 classic A View From The Bridge? A new Australian film production is testing definitions and sparking renewed debate on funding, writes Grace Jennings-Edquist.

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Taxpayer dollars head to Hollywood

In screen policy, an open-ended and uncapped tax subsidy is considered a good thing. The bigger the film, the larger the tax-payer contribution, writes Ben Eltham.

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Five case studies in the unsung art of film editing

The film industry provides countless examples of celebrated professionals: actors, directors, writers and producers. But film editors - particularly Aussie ones - are amongst the jobs often overlooked. Here are five of our best.

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Pomeranz: Don’t mix business with art

While wannabe sports stars gets thousands in government support and sponsorship, young Australian film makers struggle to make a living in Australia and that talent heads overseas, writes film critic Margaret Pomeranz.

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Off-screen drama: disquiet over film school boss Levy’s management

Executive board meetings at the Australian Film Television and Radio School are being held under an atmosphere of suppression and “sycophantic compliance”, according to the school’s director of research and education.

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Is Australia’s film industry really that bad?

Bemoaning the woeful state of Australia’s film industry has almost become a cliche in the local media. But are things really that bad? 2009’s fantastic crop of Aussie feature films should prove the critics wrong, says Sylvia Lawson.

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Australia’s 3D film debut set to be a real toad

In the wake of Avatar’s monolithic success, Australian film makers are keen to get a slice of the three-dimensional pie. Our first 3D flick? A nature doco about cane toads.

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New Matilda | FILM & TV|

Stop trying to recreate Lantana, just make an Aussie Mad Men

This should have been a bumper year for Aussie films, with titles like Balibo, Mary and Max and Blessed, but realistically the profits aren’t that large, writes Lynden Barber. Should federal funding instead go to more profitable television dramas and digital channels?

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The 2009 AFI nominees

The nominees for the 2009 AFI Awards have been announced, and capping off a bumper year for Australian cinema, it’s an impressive list, says Luke Buckmaster.

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Tips and rumours: Brisbane lord mayor’s latest white (concrete) elephant

Brisbane City Council go begging for fans of King George Square, Big Food is looking for a lobbyist who ticks all the right boxes, does Clive Hamilton want to kill koalas? trouble in the NT education system, and more tip-offs from Crikey readers.

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Crikey Blogs | FILM & TV|

Film review: Into the Shadows

Luke Buckmaster reviews Into the Shadows: a dense and compelling documentary about the beleaguered state of the Australian film industry. Required viewing for those interested in the business side of Australian cinema.

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New Matilda | FILM & TV|

Aussie films left in the dark

Quirky’ was key in the Australian film industry for awhile (think Muriel’s Wedding), while now the buzz is around ‘dark’ films. Luckily all classic films are dark, writes Lynden Barber.

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Della Bosca and his upstanding member

Crikey readers continue to weigh in on the John Della Bosca sex scandal, in light of the article by Bob Ellis. Plus, what’s happening with the Australian film industry?

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Crikey cage match: Is Australian film still down in the dumps?

In last week’s Sunday Age, Michael Coulter said he’d rather watch the next Transformers film than watch anything made by down-in-the-dumps local filmmakers. Crikey’s movie blogger Luke Buckmaster begs to differ.

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Interview with Balibo director Robert Connolly

Luke Buckmaster sits down with Robert Connolly, director of acclaimed new film Balibo, which recreates the events surrounding the murder of five Australian journalists in East Timor in 1975.

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