With the proliferation of video technology, anyone with a handycam has the capacity to make his or her own film. The advent of online digital platforms such as Youtube and Vimeo even provides the amateur auteur with the ability to exhibit their work. But a barrier exists that separates those who dream of becoming fully-fledged filmmakers and those that are truly serious about it: the law.
Tait Brady is a leading figure in Australia’s distribution landscape. As General Manager of Palace Films, Tait was responsible for acquiring and distributing some of Australia’s most seminal feature films. Prior to that, Tait was the Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival and its International Short Film Competition (1988-96). Most recently, he was the Acting Director of Marketing for Screen Australia and Evaluation Manager at the Film Finance Corporation.
He talks to Green and Gold Films on distribution, Australian culture and the future of cinema.
Australia’s first crowd-supported feature ‘The Tunnel’ is set to hit a million downloads via BitTorrent soon. The film, which was released on BitTorrent on May 19th, has currently been downloaded a staggering 972 114 times, making it by far the most successful Australian release of 2011 in terms of total eye-ball views.
Overall, it’s been a good year for Australian film. Building on the success of last 2010, when Australian cinema gave us a high-quality, internationally acclaimed Melbourne crime drama ‘Animal Kingdom’, a successful adaptation of a beloved teen novel ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’ and an exuberant Aboriginal musical ‘Bran Nue Dae – this year has seen the much acclaimed ‘Oranges and Sunshine’, the chilling festival hit ‘Snowtown’ and the box-office smash ‘Red Dog’.
What have been your favourite Australian films for 2011 and where do you think the current crop of filmmakers stack up against those of the past?
In lieu of the recent appalling treatment of actor/poet Marzieh Vafamehr who was arrested this week in Iran for her role in controvercial film ‘My Tehran For Sale’, I thought it interesting to post a radio interview the film’s director Granaz Moussavi gave in 2009. In it, she describes the dangers of making politically-charged films in Iran and the risks all artists take if they are to change popular opinion.
Jono Daw is an award-winning animator, his credits including ‘Mary and Max’ (Director: Adam Elliot) and ‘Shaun the Sheep’ (Aardman Animations).
Jono studied film production at Flinders University (SA), graduating in 2002 when he wrote, directed and animated his first film ‘Catch of the Day’. The short went on to win the Best Animation award at Zoom 2003 and was screened at the 2003 St Kilda Film Festival.