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  • Australian Films

    1. 1. AUSTRALIAN CINEMA Un
petite
apprêt Craig
Kirkwood Chief
Executive, Fearless
Media Craig
Kirkwood
|
Fearless
Media
|
www.fearless.net.au
|
Tel
0411
135
256
|
craig@fearless.net.au
    2. 2. About Me Founded
Flickerfest
in
Sydney
in
1991. Set
up
Fearless
Promotions
in
1992. Ran
festivals
in
Australia,
Europe
through
1990s. ‐ BeatPix
in
Amsterdam.
Short
Poppies.
Anzacs. Operated
the
Australian
Film,
Television
and
 Radio
School
state
office
for
6
years
(1998‐2004) Established
Fearless
Media
in
2000
–
media
 training,
production
and
web
development. Craig Kirkwood | Fearless Media | www.fearless.net.au | Tel 0411 135 256 | craig@fearless.net.au 2
    3. 3. AUSTRALIAN CINEMA First
boom:
1910
saw
4
narrative
films.
 ‐ 51
films
in
1911,
30
in
1912,
and
17
in
1913. 1970s
Govt.
funding
+
tax
break
=
New
Boom: ‐ 1975:
Australian
Film
Commission
established. ‐ Picnic
at
Hanging
Rock
(75),
Mad
Max
(79). 1980s
Govt.
funding
+
investment
=
better
place ‐ Crocodile
Dundee
(1986). ‐ 1988:
Film
Finance
Corporation
established. 2008
Screen
Australia
established. Craig Kirkwood | Fearless Media | www.fearless.net.au | Tel 0411 135 256 | craig@fearless.net.au 3
    4. 4. The australian Context No
real
studio
system. No
large
production
companies. Small
domestic
market
–
little
chance
of
return. Government
subsidised
production. Threat
of
international
content. Opportunity
of
international
markets. The
new
level
playing
field... Craig Kirkwood | Fearless Media | www.fearless.net.au | Tel 0411 135 256 | craig@fearless.net.au 4
    5. 5. cinema nouveau Television
C'est
N'est
Pas
Television! ‐ Is
television
the
new
cinema? • Television
is
changing • No
longer
“pushed”
to
the
user • On
demand • On
the
web • On
the
mobile
phone Craig Kirkwood | Fearless Media | www.fearless.net.au | Tel 0411 135 256 | craig@fearless.net.au 5
    6. 6. Australian Television Secret
Life
of
Us ‐ Twenty‐something Love
My
Way ‐ Thirty‐something Comedy ‐ Very
Small
Business ‐ Chandon
Pictures Craig Kirkwood | Fearless Media | www.fearless.net.au | Tel 0411 135 256 | craig@fearless.net.au 6
    7. 7. Opportunities Lower
budgets
mean
democracy! ‐ Australia
(and
Brussels)
have
equal
 opportunity
with
France
and
USA Web
Television
has
a
greater
audience
 ‐ Flash
Forward ‐ Mafia
Wars Craig Kirkwood | Fearless Media | www.fearless.net.au | Tel 0411 135 256 | craig@fearless.net.au 7
    8. 8. Merci Beucoup craig@fearless.net.au Twitter:
fearless_ck
 Facebook:
Craig
Kirkwood,
Canberra Blog:
moonlet.posterous.com Craig Kirkwood | Fearless Media | www.fearless.net.au | Tel 0411 135 256 | craig@fearless.net.au 8

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