The Arts

Nov 17, 2017

Bullish film industry ignores looming threats at Screen Forever

Things are looking up for the Australian screen industry, writes Ben Eltham. So why is everyone so nervous?

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

Ben Eltham

Crikey arts commentator

Image: Director Taika Waititi poses for a photo during the red carpet premiere of the Thor: Ragnarok 

If the mood of big film and television conference Screen Forever is anything to go by, the industry is on an upswing. According to government film and television agency Screen Australia, 2016-17 was a record year for drama.

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4 thoughts on “Bullish film industry ignores looming threats at Screen Forever

  1. Xoanon

    IMO the government should legislate local content quotas for Stan, Netflix etc. It’s the logical consequence of shifting viewing patterns, and would be good for both Australian culture and jobs.

    1. libratorr

      …and watch Netflix depart Australia lest they allow a precedent be set to create a quota’s worth of local content in every country they operate. That said Netflix is already commissioning a few Australian productions to mixed reception:
      Why not try providing a government subsidy for streaming providers which have a specified local content percentage in their programming? Sure, it’d place the providers in direct competition with the free-to-air channels and ABC/SBS – but it’s hardly like the government doesn’t already subsidise the free-to-air channels with not-at-all-politically-motivated license fee exemptions? And the quest to keep content within a specific ratio might have a positive knock-on effect on quality (which Netflix is currently struggling to maintain with some of its offerings).

  2. AR

    Local content is certainly a good idea but how about producing films that aren’t based on 60s pulp commix for masturbatory boys?

  3. sebster

    Yeah, great. Stan: bringing you wholly unnecessary remakes of Romper Stomper and Wolf Creek – the latter an egregiously terrible idea, badly executed, with shocking acting and risible dialogue. The film was brutal, but a masterpiece. The series: utter trash, as one would expect from a partly Channel Nine production. Yuk, Stan, yuk.

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