Recalcitrant Australia

Australians are notoriously recalcitrant when it comes to seeing Australian films. They need to be told not just that the film is good, but that it is exceptional.

Animal Kingdom director David Michôd opens his heart to New York’s The Village Voice prior to the August 13 US release of the film.

It’s hard to disagree with Michôd, at a time when most Australian films need the backing of an international award to get some kind of attention in their own country; a superior endorsement higher than any local review that tells the audience that it’s really ok to go and see it.

Why do Australians – and the mainstream media – need this international validation, to be convinced that a local film is a masterpiece before they give it a chance, like they’re so discerning – when at the same time they keep Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups in the top 10 for two months?



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