What's Wrong with the Australian Film Industry!

Began reading this article on Friday afternoon.


It was interesting, and by the time I’d read the text, I decided to read the comments, also. Three things;

  1. You can’t underestimate the wit and wisdom of the average reader.
  2. Every twat responsible for the Australian Film ‘industry’ should have this fixed as required reading.
  3. The problem is just as most of us suspected.

I understand that most of us are ‘time poor’ (snigger), so I reproduce some of my favourite letters below.

“entertain me.”

hmmm – January 14, 2011, 8:11AM

“I feel sorry for them, but most people I know (and myself included) are fed up with this apparent need for all contemporary Australian films to shove some moral lesson down our throats. Look at the most successful Aussie films – most of them were made with the prime objective to simply entertain, not teach us a lesson.

Also, I recall seeing advertising for the film, but I don’t remember it ever reaching Geelong cinemas. Where was it released? Probably to all the ‘arthouse’ cinemas around Melbourne, and nowhere else.”

blu | Geelong – January 14, 2011, 8:25AM

“The problem with the Australian film industry is that it is dominated by horrible arthouse/indie films.

For every ‘Chopper’ or ‘Two Hands’ there are hundereds of ‘He Died with a Felaffel in his Hands’. Until that changes it will never be anything but a nieche industry.”

Lehr | Omicron Persei 8 – January 14, 2011, 8:25AM

“To quote the Age’s very own film reviewer…”if Matching Jack were a telemovie, I’d be tempted to switch off”
Who wants to go and see yet another Australian downer of a movie? It seems that not even the chardonnay socialists who patrol these pages could drag themselves to this turkey.
And Jim Schembri, is this a paid article by the film-makers? It reeks of marketing?”

Of course it failed – January 14, 2011, 8:28AM

“‘He Died with a Felaffel in his Hands’. ”

I agree with your post in general, but I quite liked this movie, especially as I was living in share houses at the time 🙂 No more morose Australian movies/Australian movies about dead-beat bogans in the suburbs/country. It’s dull…I’ll watch ACA or TT if I want to see bogan hard luck stories.”

Tim the Toolman | Melbourne – January 14, 2011, 8:59AM

“It’s time people remembered things they said in pre- release publicity.

Nicole Kidman said if ‘Australia’ was a flop, she waould stop acting.

From an earlier interview:

Parker: “There is absolutely no point in making a good movie if there is no way to sell it.”

Tass: “And there is no point in making a movie if no-one wants to see it.”

Yup, learned our lessons there.

Aussies make great comedies and genre films like action/crime/horror.

We should stick to them.”

 Matti | Surrey Hills – January 14, 2011, 10:02AM

And my favorite exchange between Laki, the Chardonnay Socialist and a few other spirited comers:

of course it failed:

‘It seems that not even the chardonnay socialists who patrol these pages could drag themselves to this turkey.’

Funniest thing I have read for a long time, and so true!!

steve | melbourne – January 14, 2011, 10:32AM

“Of course it failed”, socialists don’t drink chardonnay. Chardonnay is what bogans think socialists drink.

Laki | Melbourne – January 14, 2011, 12:13PM

I put down my copy of ‘modern socialist principals for the post-Whitlamite era’ and began reading the excellent description of the cask chardonnay I was sipping. My thoughts naturally turned to the plight of Australian cinema. I stood up. ‘Eureka’ I shouted. ‘Script development and a flamin’ good edit! That’s what our films need. Get the wine writers working on our film scripts. That’ll weed the crap out.’ Then I sat down and finished off my cask, not noticing I’d wet myself in my excitement. Sleep followed shortly after.

Zeljko | Melbourne – January 14, 2011, 12:15PM

and Laki, from your perspective, a bogan is anyone with a different point of view to a chardonnay socialist

Of course it failed – January 14, 2011, 12:34PM

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