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Producers set to launch pay-per-view streaming channel dedicated to Australian movies

Two senior film producers are promising to “revitalise the Australian film industry” with a new pay-per-view streaming service called OzFlix dedicated solely to Australian films.

Despite the recent failure of local streaming streaming operation Ezyflix and struggles of Quickflix Alan Finney and Ron V. Brown are confident their site will be a success because of the awareness caused by the entry of Netflix.

Ozflix Sizzle reel from Ron V. Brown on Vimeo.

“This is something I have been banging on about for five years,” Brown told Mumbrella. “I pitched it to Foxtel five years ago and they said ‘oh Australian Box Office figures are not great’ but it was the coming of Netflix to Australia that made me think that audience would now understand what a streaming service is and embrace it.'”

The pair are aiming to launch the site in 2016.

“The timing could not be better,” said Finney, who is also chair of industry body AFI-AACTA. “The technology is right for it. We’re going to take advantage of that developing technology and make these films accessible.”

OzflixOzFlix will be devoted entirely to Australian films and will carry historic films from the early 1900s right through to new releases.

“(We want) to aggregate all Australian films, making Ozflix a one-stop destination,” said Brown.

Ozflix will operate under a pay-per-view model, providing digital film rentals to audiences and will also have an option to buy curated “bundles” of films based on a theme, or based on the work of a particular director.

The pair also plan to bring in key Australian film industry talent such as Sigrid Thornton, Deborah Mailman, Fred Schepisi and George Miller to curate and introduce lists of their favourite films and organise “mini-festivals” online that will aim celebrate the contributions of individual artists to the industry.

A sizzle reel for the initiative includes numerous major Australian film identities such as: John Jarratt, Claudia Karvan, Sandra Hall, David Parker, Nadia Tass, and others.

It also plans to offer free behind-the-scenes content about the films to enrich the audience’s experience on the site.

Finey and Brown have also stated they are committed to ethical distribution, and will ensure all rights holders receive royalties from the project from the outset.

Nic Christensen 

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