Film & TV

Feb 3, 2012

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.

Ben Eltham — <em>Crikey</em> arts commentator

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

The AACTA Awards were on this week. The new AFIs, that is (although the Australian Film Institute is still going). This year, the gongs being handed out for Aussie cinema are bestowed by this new body, the grandly  named Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, the “industry engagement arm” of the AFI.

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4 thoughts on “Leave the glamour to Hollywood and celebrate niche

  1. paddy

    So much talent, to produce such a turkey!
    When an awards show makes the Logies look “polished and professional”, then something has gone horribly wrong.

  2. Pete from Sydney

    are you from the same school as Jim Schembri…knocking for the sake of it? The awards weren’t perfect admittedly, but most people I spoke to there thought they were a vast improvement on previous years and preet good….I mean jeeze it was the first year

    and Jim Schembri deserved the blast , he’s been a knocker for years

  3. skink

    as soon as I saw Richard Wilkins I changed channels

  4. AR

    Working Dog produced a dud? Hard to believe, given their stunning record from The Late Show onwards, yea even unto FrontLine & Castle. Tell me it ain’t true! Given that I don’t gov to kinos or similar low publik entertainments, I’ll have to wait for it to come to TV to form an opinion.
    I find life too short to read more than than the first para. of Eltham, who is verbose & types one handed.

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