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Through Paul Hogan and Crocodile Dundee we can learn a lot about the enduring myth of the Aussie Bloke. Paramount

Paul Hogan and the myth of the white Aussie bloke

The mythical Australian bloke is white, straight, and able-bodied – he’s Crocodile Dundee. But where does this legend come from, and what is his future?
Adaptations are a learned skill – can Australian cinema do it successfully? The Dressmaker/Universal Pictures

Do film adaptations boost Australian movies at the box office?

With the success of films like The Dressmaker, book adaptations are giving a much needed boost to the Australian box office. So why are there so few? And why isn’t adaption a compulsory part of screen studies?
This film conveys a uniquely Australian sensibility, at equal turns calm and intense. Images courtesy of MIFF

Going against the flow in Grant Scicluna’s debut feature film Downriver

Filmed in 29 days on a shoestring budget, Downriver’s bush setting and narrative twists give it an expansive feel. It is a visually stunning piece, with superb performances and an utterly gripping story.
The Mad Max trilogy has had a tremendous influence on action cinema – and next week, the series resumes. © Warner Bros.

How Mad Max wrote the script for the action blockbuster

George Miller’s Mad Max films have aged remarkably well – perhaps because they have had such a profound influence on the films that followed them.
Director Greg McLean and John Jarratt on-set shooting Wolf Creek 2. AAP Image/Cameron Oliver

Making films is never easy but we can fix the local industry

We know the transformation of global media technologies pose particular challenges to local filmmakers – and that the rewards are still slim. But there are good reasons to be optimistic about the future of the industry.

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