Distributors ‘failing world cinema fans’

Ford: "white bread"

Australian film audiences are being fed a “white bread menu” by Australia’s over cautious cinema distributors, film researcher Hamish Ford has warned.

Writing in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, Ford – lecturer in film, media and cultural studies at the University of Newcastle -said:

“There are two distinctly different contemporary cinemas. The first is defined by the paltry selection of usually very conservative films on offer at our cities’ theatres – titles that are almost invariably European when they’re not from the US, with the occasional Chinese martial arts or period drama thrown in for colour. The second is a vibrant, incredibly diverse, and genuinely global cinema: an embarrassment of riches almost exclusively available via film festivals and digital format (DVD, Blu-ray, online).”

Ford said: “For some time now local cinemas have denied us what can rightfully be called ‘cutting-edge’, important, or simply wonderful films from all corners of the planet. No one walks into a bookshop and only selects from titles starting with A. But such is the absurd denuding of choice if viewers conflate contemporary cinema with the white-bread menu offered by ever more cautious Australian distributors.”


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