If you illegally download a movie that I am in from the internet, or buy a pirated DVD of Underbelly Two you are stealing from me and everyone who put their investment, talent and effort into that production.
Australian internet users are facing enormous and ongoing restrictions to their legitimate access to popular content, in terms of both timeliness and price [...] If content providers want to thrive, they will have to start responding to user demands for reasonable, timely and fairly priced content.
What [...] you won’t see in another film: a snake used to replace a broken engine belt, Geoffrey Rush shitting on the side of a road, a condom tree and a hot Aboriginal girl singing ” Stand By Your Man”.
If you’ve been on YouTube this morning, you’ve probably been boinked squarely between the eyes by the McDonald’s home page takeover.
If you follow the link, it’s an apparently ambitious digital campaign that looks like its merely fails in the execution. Read more »
”Who doesn’t know I’m Australian?” she joked. ”Let’s have them beaten.”
In the last three years I’ve probably sat through dozens, if not a couple of hundred, industry-related presentations. Just a handful stick with me. Read more »
Many Australian movies have valued “quality” and “cultural content” over “entertainment” and “commercialism” [...] Little Fish, about a recovering heroin junkie’s family conflicts; Romulus, My Father, about the difficulties of migrant life in Australia during the 1960s; and Beautiful Kate, about family tragedy, secrets and incest.
Proyas said, however, that there was a “desire and willingness” on Screen Australia’s part to provide more clarity and it and, alongside that, filmmakers are also learning from each other.
The movie industry is in the same position that the music people were in before they got into bed with iTunes and Apple. All the great media industries will have to find ways to work with the new modes of distribution. To work against them ultimately will spell ruin.
(Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) would be Jackman’s first project in China, adding him to a growing list of Hollywood stars — including most recently Kevin Spacey — who are coming East to work in the world’s fastest-growing movie market.
From time to time a litany of journalists, actors, directors and the like join in the Australia-is-racist chorus [...] Yet Thornton, who has an indigenous background, is a successful Australian whose work has been supported by the taxpayer. His brilliant career, so far, suggests that Australia is anything but in pre-fascist mode.
Just look at the picture. What is the film about? Does it scream gritty underworld crime flick? Does it scream – if you like Martin Scorsese or Tarantino go see this film?
“I voice Otulissa, who’s a teenage owl. It was so strange! I went in and sat with Zach and Deb [Snyder] and they showed me what the landscapes would be like, what the tree was like, and any other mockups.”
With a little PR magic from Max Markson, Naomi Robson’s lizard didn’t happen and neither did the cannibals
I had an intriguing press release from publicist Max Markson today.
Naomi Robson is back in front of the camera. Even if it’s only online. And Markson Sparks PR is helping her with the launch of The Naomi Show. Read more »
“The cinema chains are asking for permission to discriminate against deaf and hearing-impaired people, and blind and vision-impaired people, for every one of these screenings. “
In this guest posting, Tony Richardson argues that the Coke Happiness Machine viral sucks.
The folks at Coke have created a viral video and as hoped it’s being circulated worldwide … but for all the wrong reasons. The main one being that it is possibly the lamest viral ever created. Read more »
“We’d dash back to the office to knock up a dry, arse-licking account of our “intimate chat” with Peter Andre to email to CAN, who would duly remove every trace of insight or humour, before making us feel sooooo special by perhaps deigning to allow us to publish it. No thanks.”