Will Australia ever create a worldwide beloved TV or movie series?
Posted 24 August 2013 - 11:50 PM
So is there ever going to be something made in and by Australians that is distributed and then loved world wide, something to be proud of in our entertainment industry?
Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:10 AM
We don't do iconic TV shows very well (though our soaps tend to be pretty popular in some places, like the UK), I agree, but we do ok on the movie front.
Edited by Brady, 25 August 2013 - 12:11 AM.
Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:15 AM
I know you said something we can be proud of. But we don't have the same money going into tv and film that other countries do. Maybe in the future someone will do more than ask the question and actually put the ideas and work into making something great happen.
Edited by Warg Arry, 25 August 2013 - 12:16 AM.
Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:18 AM
Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:23 AM
Money is an issue for sure, but at the same time a lot of great shows and movies are made on a shoestring budget. Paranormal Activity made millions worldwide on about $10,000 a movie.
Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:24 AM
Mad Max was pretty popular in the 80's I guess.
Dude, the Mad Max movies were a huge hit and very influential to this day. What do you think the Fallout video games are, other than a Mad Max aesthetic transferred to a US setting?
Edited by Brady, 25 August 2013 - 12:28 AM.
Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:36 AM
Cyvasse Khal, you should look into Australian films of the 70s and 80s. Plenty of gems, many of which were very influential. Quentin Tarrantino is a big fan of a lot of aussie cinema from the 70s, for example. George Miller and Fred Schepisi are probably the two most well known directors who rose to prominence in that era, but there's a lot of good stuff from back then.
Thanks for the suggestions Brady. I was born in 1988, and so from like mid 90's onwards when i was getting into movies, most of the trailblazing Australian cinema had died off. I realise there has been massive success and influence from Australian entertainment in the past, but I honestly think it's pretty sad now and don't really know where the next big thing to come from here will be and what.
Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:46 AM
Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:01 AM
Posted 25 August 2013 - 06:29 AM
Posted 25 August 2013 - 06:37 AM
Oh definitely, the Australian film industry has not been in good shape for a while now. There'll be two or three decent flicks a year, but that's about it. It's just too easy for our boys and girls to go over to the states, put on a shitty accent, and become millionaires. If you're interested in anything more recent though, Animal Kingdom was really good, it's only a couple of years old, I think. Going back a bit further into the early 00s, The Proposition is fantastic (a very grim and violent australian western), and I really enjoyed Lantana.
The two movies that popped into my head when I saw this thread. I know they're not movie series but they're two brilliant movies, AK is probably in my top 5. David Michod is a stud and I can't wait for The Rover.
Edited by Ramsay Blow, 25 August 2013 - 06:38 AM.
Posted 25 August 2013 - 07:39 AM
Posted 25 August 2013 - 07:47 AM
Screen australia have some statistics here
Thanks for that link Gillio /smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /> really interesting going through some of those stats. Happy Feet, Moulin Rouge, and Babe are big ones that I forgot while i was thinking about this topic. Was Sea Change released internationally? Was surprised how strong that shows rating has been over the years, shockingly over acted and over dramatic.