Advance Australian Film – WOW Festival 2014 and Byron Bay International Film Festival 2014

By March 3, 2014 Congratulations

Advance Australian Film, a documentary aiming to reinvigorate the passion for Australian cinema, is to premiere at WOW and Byron Bay International Film Festivals. The film was supported through Metro Screen Jump Start in 2012.

While Australia has produced many highly acclaimed features, audiences have been steering clear of Aussie films at the theatres for quite some time. It’s been 21 years since an Australian film (Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom) has reached number one at the yearly box office and our films have consistently grossed under 5% of annual revenues for over a decade.

Independent filmmaker Courtney Dawson hopes to get to the bottom of these issues in her feature documentary, Advance Australian Film. “I’m hoping to spark some important discussion about the state of our industry, and also inspire audiences to support and re-visit some of the fantastic films we’ve made over the years”, comments Dawson.

Through in-depth discussions with key industry figures and a careful analysis of Australia’s past cinematic successes, Advance Australian Film also examines the changes that are occurring across the world, with crowd-funding, social media marketing and alternative distribution models empowering filmmakers like never before, and changing the way movies are being produced and accessed.

Featuring some fascinating interviews with David Stratton (At The Movies), Emile Sherman (The King’s Speech), Kriv Stenders (Red Dog), among others, as well as red carpet interviews with Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Baz Luhrmann, Joel Edgerton, Wayne Blair and Richard Roxburgh, the film will have its World Premiere at the Byron Bay International Film Festival on Saturday March 1st.

Advance Australian film will also be screening at the WOW (World of Women) Festival on Friday the 7th of March and Saturday the 15th of March at the Powerhouse Museum. Head here for further information.

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