20 April

Volunteer Guest Bloggers Wanted!

Volunteer Guest Bloggers Wanted!

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!

5 February

Terra Australis Berlinale 2015

Terra Australis Berlinale 2015

Amazing, auspicious, Australia! This year’s contribution from Down Under is truly original and diverse. The 65th Berlinale presents six shorts, four feature films, and one documentary from Australia. Pick your favourite!

21 September

Festival retrospect: “Home is where they accept you!”

Festival retrospect: “Home is where they accept you!”

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.

21 May

“Adapt or die”, or: How You Have to Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the New State of Play in Australia’s Documentary Industry

“Adapt or die”, or: How You Have to Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the New State of Play in Australia’s Documentary Industry

Australia’s documentary and factual industry faces great challenges: the rapid increase of digital and online means of distribution and continuously changing financial and business models create fears and new opportunities at the same time. How Australia’s documentary business community can master these new challenges was the focus of DocWeek’s Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) 2014.

16 March

Ghost stories and cowboy hats: Australia’s Indigenous directors delve into genre

Ghost stories and cowboy hats: Australia’s Indigenous directors delve into genre

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.