I recently started reading Rhino’s Horror. It is a really excellent blog, which I encourage you to read. But that is not really the point of this post. Reading Ryan’s blog got me thinking about this blog. Ryan’s blog is about horror. That’s what makes it unique and appealing, that he focuses on the one thing and puts his love of that aspect of cinema out there. I like horror films, but I’ve never really gotten right into ‘the scene’ of horror if you will, generally focusing on classic examples of the genre (which I find I love). However I find Ryan’s enthusiasm about these films quite infectious and it makes me want to check a lot of the films featured out.
So what is unique about my blog I thought. And the answer is probably nothing. I don’t really have a problem with that. I like the all over the shop quality of it, reviewing whatever I want, starting new projects willy nilly and then forgetting about them (I promise I’ll show you some more love soon The Bergman Files and Bondfest), so I am not going to go away from that. But one thing that is somewhat unique is that I live in Australia. Australia has a somewhat struggling, but really quite exceptional feature film industry. I love Australian films and in my opinion the only issue with Australian films is that not enough people get to see them. So, while carrying on with all my endless other rambling excursions in cinema, I am going to try and bring you guys a showcase of Australian movies, the good and the bad. In the process I hope you guys will get inspired and hunt down some of these films, which is becoming easier and easier in this age of VOD and DVD. This site is definitely not going to be solely or even predominately focused on Australian films going forward, but there will be much more emphasis on them.
Get involved, give me some pointers. Do you have any favourite Australian films? Any examples of genre films you would like me to explore (the main criticism of the Aus film industry by Australians is that we only make depressing dramas – a sentiment that is utter bullshit)? You want reviews of classics or newer films? You ask and I will do my best to bring it to you.
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Thanks for the kind words my friend! It really means a lot to me and I’m glad that I’ve inspired you to some degree. When I first created my blog I had the intention of covering ALL things related to cinema as I’m a huge film nerd of all genres. However, I quickly realized that without a niche, I was never really going to “stand out”. So I focused my attention on horror because not only do I love it, but it doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. You nailed it man, covering Australian films sounds like a fantastic idea and not a lot of people are doing it. To help you out, I would LOVE if you could track down and find a film called ‘Crawl’, it’s an Australian film that absolutely killed it at festivals but I have no idea where to find it. It might already be released by you.
Here’s a link to the trailer with some info that help: http://rhinoshorror.com/2012/05/03/trailer-for-aussie-thriller-crawl/
Cheers for commenting man. Haven’t heard of that film, but will do my best to search it out.
Check wake in fright out!
I do need to! It is shameful I haven’t watched that film yet.
Rhino’s site is great! Yes, some of my favorite films are Australian: Flirting, Strictly Ballroom, and Lake Mungo. I also like Thirst and Body Melt, but I acknowledge that they aren’t really “good” movies. As far as what I’d like to read from an Australian movie blogger, reviews on indie/art house films are always good, so one knows what to look for that might otherwise be missed in the wake of bigger movies that get more publicity.
Oh, and how could I forget to mention Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?
Cheers for the comment. I’ve been meaning to check out Lake Mungo for a while. Will do my best on the arthouse flicks.
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