OZ FILM VS OZ AUDIENCE
Urban Cinefile readers are invited to participate in this groundbreaking Forum –
and if you can’t be there in person do it via EMAIL to the Editor. Comments
should be limited to 200 words (and expressed in moderate language). Emails
should contain your full name and location (not for publication) and a daytime
telephone number. Anonymous comments will be ignored. (You may, however, request
not to be publicly named.)
It has been the cause of many heated debates and is a topic that has
overshadowed the Australian Film industry for decades – why don’t the majority
of Australian films attract Australian audiences? Why did Oz films represent
only 3.8% of the total box office last year* [including Baz Luhrmann’s
Australia]? Is it the: filmmakers, audiences, funding bodies, distributors? More
importantly, what can be done about it?
"a major screen industry event"
Metro Screen presents a major screen industry event that is a must for those
passionate about the current and future state of the Australian screen industry.
Representatives from a cross section of the film industry, from funding to
distribution, will discuss why they believe many of our films perform so poorly
at the local box office. For those eager to have their say, we will be asking
audience members to join in and voice their opinions.
The Australian public will watch Australian stories, ratings for recent TV shows
have confirmed this, so why are they avoiding our films? Should more resources
be directed to marketing? Are the films not getting a fair run from cinema
chains? Do we need to ‘sell out’ to sell tickets?
The issue is no longer the meagre amount of films produced; 2009 has been touted
as a vintage year for Australian films, with over 30 features being released,
but how will they fair with audiences? Although applauded by critics, many have
already receded into the shadows, barely making an impact at the box office. Why
is this happening?!
"to identify the contributing factors to this major
crisis facing our films and move us onwards and upwards"
Speculation will abound, conspiracy theories will be voiced, and [hopefully]
solutions will be reached. The forum will not be a platform to complain about
the industry [no whingers allowed], but is intended to identify the contributing
factors to this major crisis facing our films and move us onwards and upwards.
*Screen Australia analysis of the Motion Picture Distribution Association of
Published October 1, 2009
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Andrew L. Urban
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A mandatory screen forum led by film industry heavyweights
Presented by Metro Screen
Moderator: ANDREW L. URBAN
Panel to be confirmed shortly
Online audience bookings essential www.metroscreen.org.au
Phone: 02 9356 1818.
When: October 22, 2009
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: Chauvel Cinema, Paddington Town Hall
Cnr Oxford St & Oatley Rd, Paddington.
Cost: $5 all tickets