OZ Film Vs. OZ Audience

Today some high profile industry people will be debating why Australian films are unpopular with the audience. I have blogged about this before but I believe these are the six key factors that have brought our industry to its knees: Australian films have been financed almost exclusively by government agencies, whose primary concerns have never … Read more

Can’t get ME out of my mind.

Theorists have grappled with the idea for decades, directors have had hissy fits… WAAPA directing student Ngaire O’Leary reflects on the filmmaker’s challenge of using a visual language that audiences will understand. The answer? Get out of your own headspace, and into your character’s. I recently moved to Perth to study directing with the West … Read more

Never, ever leave your vehicle.

How would you like it to be commissioned to write a low budget feature film? Even without any produced feature credits? In our series of guest posts, we are pleased to have the break-in story by Clive Hopkins, writer of ROAD TRAIN. Low Budget: Black Water In 2006, I hooked up with producer Michael Robertson … Read more

Kenny – Plumbing the depths

National Screenwriters’ Conference 2009: Kenny – Plumbing the depths by: David Tiley Screen Hub Thursday 26 February, 2009 Before opening a completely charming discussion with Andrew Knight about the writing of ‘Kenny’, Clayton Jacobson produced some very sobering numbers. Kenny cost $500,000. By the time the film returned $5m, he was still $250,000 in debt. … Read more

Structure: Australia

I like it. I don’t love it. And I see why it is not getting the word of mouth it deserves. My take on the film is primarily from a broad story perspective. I don’t go into dialogue, performance, SFX etc. because I believe they are secondary and ultimately not decisive for the success of … Read more