Topic archives: Australian film industry

The unfair caste system of the AACTAs (crew, you may use the tradies’ entrance)

The unfair caste system of the AACTAs (crew, you may use the tradies’ entrance)

January 29, 2015

The AACTA awards are supposed to celebrate the best in Australian film. And they do ... if you are an actor or director. Film producer Louise Pascale explains the hierarchy.

In a world where Aussie cinema can’t catch a break

In a world where Aussie cinema can’t catch a break

January 21, 2015 1

Finally, people are plunking down their hard-earned at the local multiplex to see Australian films.

Bigger, better, biopics — the unmissable films of 2015

Bigger, better, biopics — the unmissable films of 2015

January 13, 2015

Blockbusters, biopics and a brand-new Star Wars -- the big films of 2015

Discount tickets won’t save Aussie cinema — try innovation

Discount tickets won’t save Aussie cinema — try innovation

November 12, 2014

Cutting the price of Australian film tickets won't make them more competitive, it'll cheapen the whole industry.

Australian cinema shines after 10 years of doom and gloom

Australian cinema shines after 10 years of doom and gloom

September 3, 2014

Throughout the first decade of this century Australian cinema was suffering an acute case of the grim-and-drearies, but some of the industry's latest offerings, including Red Dog and The Sapphires, could mark a welcome return to the more upbeat golden age of Strictly Ballroom. They just need an audience.

Follow Friday: @VictoriaCocks1 and @kirstysan, digital adventurers

Follow Friday: @VictoriaCocks1 and @kirstysan, digital adventurers

February 21, 2014 2

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.

Phillip Adams: no money should have gone to Gatsby

February 7, 2014 3

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

Make pollies pay for full price for their sangas

February 6, 2014 2

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

Lights, camera, crowdfunding: how films are made Pozible

Lights, camera, crowdfunding: how films are made Pozible

January 18, 2013 1

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.

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

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

December 21, 2012 12

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?

Logic says film post-production firms struggling

Logic says film post-production firms struggling

October 5, 2012

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

Screen Australia says no conflict over film funding

Screen Australia says no conflict over film funding

March 27, 2012 5

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.

Leave the glamour to Hollywood and celebrate niche

February 3, 2012 4

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.

Australia doesn’t need better films, just better distribution

Australia doesn’t need better films, just better distribution

January 27, 2012 8

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.

New Aussie film <em>Surviving Georgia</em>’s deceptive marketing manoeuvrings

New Aussie film Surviving Georgia’s deceptive marketing manoeuvrings

October 7, 2011

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...

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

March 15, 2011 1

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.

Taxpayer dollars head to Hollywood

March 4, 2011 3

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.

Five case studies in the unsung art of film editing

November 25, 2010

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.

Pomeranz: Don’t mix business with art

November 18, 2010

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.

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

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

July 14, 2010 3

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.