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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 24, 2019

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REVIEW: Top End Wedding

May 21, 2019 |

Full disclosure: romantic comedies are my kryptonite.

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Film Review: Storm Boy

January 15, 2019 |

Storm Boy (2019) is a beautiful cinematic adaption of Colin Thiele’s novella of the same name. Directed by Shawn Seet, the audience is taken on a journey as Mike Kingley (Geoffrey Rush) tells his granddaughter about the days he lived as Storm Boy with his father, Hideaway Tom, and friends Fingerbone Bill and Mr. Percival. Read More

Film Review: Harmony

October 9, 2018 |

Australian upcoming director/writer Corey Pearson begins his five-part fantasy-thriller movie saga with the production Harmony (2018), showing at several cinemas now. In part one of the Five Frequencies Saga, we watch as Jessica Falkholt (Home and Away, who recently passed away last Boxing Day after a car accident) walks the nameless streets of a probably American city suburb in urban Goth attire, taking the fear out of the fearful people she passes.

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Ladies in Black, an Australia movie reliving the days of 1959 Sydney

September 2, 2018 |

Ever wondered what it was like back in 1959 Sydney? In the midst of European migration and the rise of women libration? Look no further than the movie adaptation of Madeleine St John’s novel The Women in Black, originally published in 1993.

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Funding films in Australia

May 12, 2018 |

This month, Australia has announced an increase in the location tax offset for filmmakers. Originally 16.5%, the tax offset has nearly doubled, allowing productions to claim up to 30% with the new policy. The increase in the tax offset will encourage more overseas productions to film in Australia, but what does that mean for Australian filmmakers? Read More

Riotous comedy: Down Under

August 11, 2016 |

Down Under claims the title of the world’s first comedy about the 2005 Cronulla riots. If that doesn’t sell the film to you, nothing else will.

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Remakes, Reboots and Adaptations: Is Australia Breaking the Mould?

August 3, 2016 |

A pretty ‘dumb’ blonde takes the stairs instead of the door while a typical deranged killer chases after her. An impossibly strong and conflicted caped hero tries to save the earth once again from destruction and finally a girl attempts to win the affections of a completely oblivious guy by changing herself inside and out… Sound familiar? These are storylines and tropes we know all too well. Read More

Looking for Grace in a Hopeless Place

February 4, 2016 |

‘Looking for Grace’ is the latest screen project by Sue Brooks, the acclaimed director of ‘Road to Nhill’ (1997) and ‘Japanese Story’ (2003). Screened at the Venice, Chicago and Toronto International Film Festivals and with a crew of female filmmakers in tow, the film took audiences on a journey to Western Australia to solve a puzzle with some interesting pieces.

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BAPFF Review: Downriver

December 8, 2015 |

“I’ve always had an unhealthy obsession with crime, and true crime, and I just really love getting inside a true crime and asking all sorts of questions of it.” – Grant Scicluna, director.

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BAPFF Review: Spear

December 1, 2015 |

Stephen Page’s directorial debut Spear, the feature-length adaption of the Bangarra Dance Theatre’s original piece, was a haunting, evocative and moving journey between indigenous tradition and modernity. Read More

Review: The Dressmaker

November 14, 2015 |

Jocelyn Moorhouse brings life to The Dressmaker, a screen adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel. Internationally acclaimed, The Dressmaker certainly lives up to, if not exceeds, audience expectations in great style.

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Australian Film Vs. Independent Australian Music

February 17, 2015 |

What if we treated independent Australian films with the same reverence as Australian music? Read More

Australia’s Lost Films

October 7, 2014 |

It seems that in spite of Australia’s recent commercial successes on the world film stage, many of our films are still shunned by local viewers. Is the viewer or the promoter to blame?

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Is The Australian Film Industry Doomed To Mediocrity?

September 28, 2014 |

The federal government has been praised in recent weeks for its decision to continue the $21.6 million incentive payout to Walt Disney Studios. Is this a much-needed step in the right direction?

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