Produced globally, designed locally: cosmopolitanism in contemporary cinema
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An examination of Australian contemporary filmmaking, noting longstanding anxieties about local relevance against fulfilling global potential. The article uses the feature films "Samson & Delilah" and "The waiting city" as examples of the Australian industry's concern with gaining acceptance from both local and international audiences.
Let me begin this piece by breaking the cardinal rule of writing and starting in the middle (a useful tip for screenwriters plotting 'turning points'). For it was during this second act of agonising over the definition and scope of contemporary Australian cinema, after having spent the first act in the pleasant equilibrium of thinking about two recent 'Aussie' films that I liked, that my own writerly epiphany arrived. It came in the form of a quote by veteran Australian filmmaker Peter Weir.