Whether you be director, writer, cameraman, sound recorder or editor, it’s hard enough in Australia to break into the filmmaking business. If you’re not living the dream you expected, well, enough of the dream to quit your job waiting tables, many people head overseas to try to work there. Hollywood, London…..Berlin?
Wulf Sörgel from Moviemento Kino, tells us what its like to be the home of vivid alternative film culture in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Our first of the “10 Questions with-” series for this season!
A review of Maya Newell’s documentary “Gayby Baby” – an intimate and honest film about same-sex parenting that finally lends a voice to a group that is at the centre of it all: kids. Down Under Berlin will host three Gayby Baby screenings with special guests producer Charlotte Mars and Constanze Körner (Rainbow Family Project) this June.
For the last 25 years in Australia, men have directed 85% of all Australian feature films. That means less than a quarter of any feature length Aussie films are directed by women. What a statistic to be involved in!
The Down Under Berlin blog is looking for a limited number of volunteer guest bloggers to write about the film industry in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. If you love film, have a talent for writing and would like to work with us we want to hear from you!
This year’s Berlin International Film Festival – aka Berlinale – runs from 11 – 21 February 2016 and presents about 400 films from every genre, length, format and country. If you cannot wait until Down Under Berlin returns 14 – 18 September 2016 check out Australian and New Zealand cinema at the Berlinale.
We kick off our new series with Australian film maker and director Bartholomew Sammut. A late night drinking session led to more than just great ideas, it spawned many projects, such as the Xposed International Queer Film Festival which is celebrating its tenth festival edition this May.
The panel Aussies Abroad invited attending filmmakers to share their experiences of working Down Under and in other parts of the world. The diversity of cinema amongst Australian and New Zealand filmmakers is further encouraged through experiences outside of home and the place where directors grow up or spend their adult lives.
The selection of films in this year’s Indigenous section gave an impressive insight into the depth and quality of stories being told by Indigenous and Non Indigenous filmmakers. During three post film discussions, audience members enjoyed the chance to talk about issues affecting Indigenous peoples in both Australia and New Zealand.