Creating pointlessness

Some people say they don’t get Warwick Thornton’s film, Samson and Delilah. And some people who say they do get it, don’t.

Germaine Greer on Samson & Delilah, at The Guardian.

Master of suspense

A notorious fraudster [...] crafted a false identity for himself as grandson of director Alfred Hitchcock [...] claimed to be a film producer and head of a film financing house about to launch a major production company in Australia

The Age on a man’s elaborate plot to seduce women.

Murdoch’s paid online access strategy for The Times might just work for The Australian

So we now know a little about Rupert Murdoch’s plans for online paid content.

And the model – for the UK at least – is a triple-tiered one. You can subscribe to The Times by the day, by the week, or get online access along with a subscription to the print edition.   Read more »

Week in review: Beer bans and hoaxes; Facebook pulls in serious adspend; TV’s terminal list; Hack attacks

So who had a good week, and who had a bad week?

Like Santa Claus, we’re totting up who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.   Read more »

Brands get serious about Facebook (and spend to prove it)

What with Jetstar shifting its spend, it’s been a big week for social media growing up in Australia.

So check out this research into facebook done by Julian Cole of The Conscience Organisation.   Read more »

No love from indie

“A nicely shot film about a young impoverished Aboriginal couple that adds nothing new to the canon of movies about Aboriginal life.”

Unfortunately indieWIRE didn’t ‘get’ Samson & Delilah.

Great ads; now to sort out the search engine

NineMSN’s search engine Bing (come on, you must have heard of it…) is to reposition itself as The Decision Engine.   Read more »

How the internet will turn the world upside down

Talk about demonstrating the scary power of the internet. In this near-future science fiction story, blogger Tom Scott shares a scenario that could very easily become a reality.   Read more »

Hit and miss

It was great fun doing it, but as a filmmaker who was trying to get his career started, it was a colossal mistake. I painted myself into a corner as a ‘Mr Lowbrow yobbo’. It was a disaster which put me out of work for years.

Bruce Beresford reminiscing about The Adventures of Barry McKenzie.

Cockroach: CGI on a bug-sized budget

CockroachKafka’s The Metamorphosis, re-imagined as a romantic fantasy and produced for $20,000? An unlikely but very real scenario for director Luke Eve, who had to find a way to deliver it.

Raen Fraser’s script Cockroach, about a man who dies on his wedding day and is reincarnated as the above-mentioned insect, desperate to get the attention of his widow, is one of the three winners at the second John Jameson Productions competition. Read more »

From Malaysia with love

This month’s Australian Film Festival was a reminder that excellent movies have surfaced from the land down under.

Malaysia’s The Star really likes Aussie films.

What’s good for Jetstar isn’t necessarily the answer for other brands

While yesterday’s announcement from Jetstar is interesting, I’m not sure just yet how much of a canary in the coalmine it’s going to be for other brands shifting their spend to social media.

If ever there was a brand and marketing strategy designed for social media, it was Jetstar.   Read more »

Happy meal

If the food is good, you have a happy shoot, no matter how harrowing the subject or the conditions.

Production manager Michelle Russell on the importance of good catering.

Not their favourite pet

A comedy about a bong-smoking dog that has sex with a cat and a teddy bear has received $1.5 million of federal and state taxpayers’ money.

The Herald Sun’s outrage over Wilfred‘s public funding.

Happy birthday, Twitter

It was four years ago today…   Read more »

Battle of Big Thinking part 5: Incentives for altruism; Microfinance; Companies doing good

Wednesday saw the APG’s Battle of Big Thinking. The fifth and final session covered big government and social ideas.

Speaker: Tim Gartrell, CEO, Auspoll

Topic: The value of a government-incentivised worthy program

Quote: “For many people, the best they can do is to donate money.”   Read more »

SBS – too small to matter, too important to kill

Later this year, SBS will celebrate its 30th anniversary as full time TV service. Unless something changes, I doubt it will be around to celebrate a 40th.

Depending how you look at it, SBS either needs to get a lot bigger, or a lot smaller.   Read more »

Why SBS still matters

SBS managing director Shaun Brown argues that despite the growth of online access to overseas news, the need for the broadcaster remains.

At its best the media can play an empowering role helping to foster social cohesiveness – it acts as a mirror, a mentor and a mediator.   Read more »

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