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!
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.
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.
Two major feature films emerged in 2013 from established Indigenous directors: The Darkside – Warwick Thornton’s highly experimental collection of true ghost stories (which screened recently at the Berlin Film Festival); and Mystery Road, Ivan Sen’s moody detective thriller, set in a racially divided outback country town, complete with cowboy hats, corrupt cops and tense shoot-outs.
Well it’s Berlinale time again and this year’s 64th International Film Festival in Berlin has all of us at Down Under Berlin clapping our hands with joy at this year’s Australian selections. Get ready for a deluge of Aussies on the streets of Berlin as the city hosts a number of screenings.