No filmmaking crisis, just a loss of focus

I absolutely refuse to accept the fact that any country in the world goes into a kind of filmmaking crisis. What happens is they lose confidence, they lose focus and the young filmmakers of any particular generation can very easily get lost in that mix. It’s happened in Italy, happened in France, happened in the UK during my lifetime.

Lord David Puttnam on the challenges for Australian filmmakers.

The ABC’s Leigh Sales spoke with Puttnam prior to his participation in this week’s SPAA Conference. Sales made a reference to Encore‘s report of what Odin’s Eye Entertainment’s Michael Favelle said at SPAA Fringe: that many Australian filmmakers are bordering on self-therapy with their work.

“I’d think the key is – and, look, I speak as a producer. I couldn’t direct traffic. But certainly as a producer, my job was actually to make sure that the stories I wanted to tell were made in a way that were relevant to the generation I was trying to address,” said Puttnam.

The full interview is available here.


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