Another interesting and provocative essay has been posted by Bill Mousoulis on his invaluable website Pure Shit Australian Cinema dedicated to independent, usually non-government funded, Australian film-making. This essay is by Mike Retter, a film director, of the indie feature Youth On The March, creator of the zine "Cinema Now", and the Podcast "Meat Bone Express" and part of the Port Film Co-op.
Here are the opening paras.
Who are the artists making our movies? The actual amount of people we could seriously call artists that get to make our mainstream films is a tiny number. If one went to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth and had a conversation with a cinephile, the same handful of serious artists working in funded projects would come up. There is seldom more than three names mentioned, usually the same names every time, basically a series of anomalies, exceptions to the rule, which I am glad exist – but I’m not so glad about there only being three.
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