Advance Australian Film: A thought-provoking documentary shining a spot-light on the Australian film industry, premieres on Foxtel on October 28th
After Australian cinema’s prosperous period in the 80s and 90s where well-known, crowd-pleasing classics such as Crocodile Dundee, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla Queen of the Desert were all produced, the Australian film industry has been in decline. Since 2004, Australian films have consistently grossed under 5% of annual box office revenues and are currently tracking a dismal 2.3% share for 2014 – the second lowest figure since 1977.
Emerging independent filmmaker, Courtney Dawson has experienced first hand just how hard it is to get a film off the ground in Australia. Her documentary Advance Australian Film investigates the state of the industry and looks at why around 80% of Australian films will earn less than $1 million at the box office year after year.