A MULTI-VOICE HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA’S
LEADING FILM SCHOOL
Kim Williams, Chief Executive, Fox Studios Australia:
"Edge of the Known World is a
remarkably refreshing work. It captures the vibrant diversity, energy and sense of
adventure that has been encompassed within the mission of the Australian Film Television
and Radio School over its first 25 years.
The candour of the book and its open approach to
the free ranging debates (and disputes) which have always governed its creative life is as
rare as it is precious. It is also a unique documentary testament to the astonishing range
of filmmakers who have passed through the portals of the AFTRS, and, notwithstanding the
energetic disagreements which have proliferated throughout the life of the school, is a
lasting testament to the impact of the school on every facet of modern film and television
life in Australia.
Sandra Levy, Producer (The Well, Police Rescue, High
Tide, Big Sky [tv]):
"I have just read Edge of the Known
World - and commend it highly.
The interviews with the students (many of
them now among the finest filmakers in the world) were fascinating - their anecdotes of
personal triumphs, frustrations, friendships, and regrets, were remarkable in their
openness and honesty, and inspirational in their humility. The contrast with the big
picture government and politics and administration, and the struggle to define the
school’s philosophy is instructive.
It is important that the history of this
fast moving, rapidly changing industry is documented while it happens, and while personal
memories are so vivid.
The wide range of contributors, everyone
from every role in the school seems to be here, and the extensive appendices, make this an
invaluable contribution to the industry. It is a book filled with optimism and