Aussie en­clave rules

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

un­der­dog sta­tus helps, not hin­ders, the coun­try’s film­mak­ers, Jack Thompson (right) says. The star of AFL film a guest at the By­ron Bay Film Fes­ti­val last week­end, says the small size of the lo­cal in­dus­try en­cour­ages Aus­tralian film­mak­ers to punch above their weight to get to Hol­ly­wood. ‘‘It has to do with be­ing this lit­tle en­clave of other peo­ple at the end of the world,’’ he says. ‘‘Here’s your fid­dle – play your way out of the ghetto, kid!’’ Thompson says lo­cal film­mak­ers have lit­tle choice but to go where the work is but adds mass mi­gra­tion doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily dis­ad­van­tage home­made pro­duc­tions. ‘‘Those peo­ple come back here and make films in this coun­try with bud­gets we could never af­ford.’’ Thompson’s next bigscreen out­ing will be in Baz Luhrmann’s highly an­tic­i­pated adap­ta­tion of The Great Gatsby.

di­rec­tor Richard Gray says mak­ing movies lo­cally is harder be­cause the na­tional au­di­ence pre­fer Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion to film. ‘‘It’s in­cred­i­bly hard,’’ he says. ‘‘There’s a hell of a lot of tele­vi­sion but to have peo­ple watch some­thing Aussie at the cin­ema is still really spe­cial.’’

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