Is Australian content still worth the hassle?

“The release of a new Australian movie was once an event that whipped up considerable excitement. There was the glamour surrounding the stars, who were sized up to see who would join Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in the homegrown Hollywood pantheon; there was the prospect of a new Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding … More Is Australian content still worth the hassle?

Do FTAs and Netflix leave Australian content for dead?

“The loss for Australia’s digitally networked culture industries in the face of what appears to be inevitable one­ way digital traffic reflects the continuation of the global dominance of US culture industries and communications in general.” Breen 2010, p. 671 Thanks to globalisation, Americanisation has long permeated just about every aspect of Australian culture. We … More Do FTAs and Netflix leave Australian content for dead?

Is co-production counterproductive for Australian culture?

“…[co productions] harmonise economic and cultural relations between nations and bridge the gap between their diverging film regulations… However, both participating and potential producing parties often encounter unexpected hurdles”. (Yecies 2009, pp. 83-84). Co-productions in cinema have surged in Australia as globalisation has made contact and cooperation much faster and more convenient than ever before. … More Is co-production counterproductive for Australian culture?

Cinema vs Culture

‘Culture’ is a unique concept in that not only does it define society, but it is also defined by society. It is a myriad of multifaceted institutions, industries, cuisines, languages, accents, dress and morals… but it cannot be omnipresent in any nation wholly. Culture chops and changes based on heritage, education, political standing and in … More Cinema vs Culture

Ozploitation

Australian cinema took a revolutionary turn in the 1970s and 1980s when Australian content saw a move away from the traditional coming of age style cinema, and instead towards outrageous, outspoken and often offensive genre content. A prime example of such content is ‘Don’s Party’ – which can only be described as deeply profound and … More Ozploitation

Aussiewood Anguish

There’s Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood and ….. Aussiewood! No, haven’t heard of it? Perhaps this is because when ‘Australian cinema’ springs to mind, the Oscar worthy glitz and glamour of The Great Gatsby does not immediately follow. Rather, assumptions arise plagued by tributes to true blue Aussies so often represented in film. In fact, SNL did a … More Aussiewood Anguish