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Film review: Patrick — high voltage Ozploitation

Not Quite Hollywood director Mark Hartley’s first fictional feature is a scorcher — a cattle prod to the senses that reminds the Oz film industry that “genre” isn’t a dirty word, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Crikey | FILM & TV|

Parallax Podcast: Tim Ferguson on what’s wrong with Australian films

The Australian film industry seems to be in a perpetual state of crisis. Comedy stalwart Tim Ferguson, a special guest on The Parallax Podcast, believes a resistance to genre filmmaking lies at the heart of its troubles.

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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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The Baillieu Dump: why classic films are destroyed after release

Walls of film” are destroyed after commercial release because of the high cost of finding adequate storage, writes Rebekah Bell, a Swinburne University journalism student.

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Interview with director Daniel Nettheim on outback drama The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe

The Hunter is an outback Australian drama starring Willem Dafoe as a mercenary sent to capture a Tasmanian tiger. The film’s director, Daniel Nettheim, spoke with Luke Buckmaster.

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The Guardian | FILM & TV|

Aussie films going great guns

A recent crop of exceptional Australian films suggest the industry has moved away from an “all about the outback” approach, writes The Guardian’s Oliver Pfeiffer.

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A pat on the back for Red Dog, but what about the rest of the kennel?

Every time a breakthrough Australian film such as Red Dog arrives, one question is inevitably asked: can its formula can be replicated? Trouble is, the industry is driven by a strange combo of gamblers and skinflint artists, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Burning Man — must-see Australian drama

Writer/director Jonathan Teplitzky offsets the grimness of making a film about overcoming grief by loading it with sassy risque elements. Burning Man is a gutsy drama and a must-see Aussie film, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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The Reef movie review — a fishy creature feature with bite

Inspired by grisly real life events in which a group of unfortunate friends were stalked by a shark in the Great Barrier Reef, The Reef is a tense and unnerving survival thriller, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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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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Wasted on the Young — scorching social allegory

Teenagers run amok like fallen angels in a drug-drenched paradise in Wasted on the Young, a scorching ultra modern morality fable that uses school grounds, party houses and internet connections as stomping grounds for social allegory, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Hallejuiah! Aussie films generating healthy BO

The Australian film industry is regularly bogged down in bad press for reasons real or imagined. So it’s nice to report that last year nine Australian films earned more than $2 million at the national box office, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Red Hill — ferocious neo-western Australiana

With a clop of hooves and a few thousand rounds of ammunition writer/director Patrick Hughes charters a violent path straight into the pool room of the seldom visited, inherently political genre of the indigenous Australian revenge drama with this scorching neo-western, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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Filmmaker Patrick Hughes discusses Red Hill

If you thought Animal Kingdom would be the only hit-you-for-six Australian genre film released in 2010, think again. A new horse has arrived in writer/director Patrick Hughes’ spectacular neo-western Red Hill. Hughes discusses his trailblazing hoofs-and-bullets debut with Luke Buckmaster.

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Film review: The Nothing Men – bleak and messy blue collar drama

Obviously inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s one setting(ish) masterpiece Reservoir Dogs, writer/director Mark Fitzpatrick’s feature film debut about a bunch of angry hard yakka Aussie blokes boasts good performances but a bogus ending, writes Luke Buckmaster.

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