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I usually bite my tongue – especially when the politics of film are talked about,
but anyway there’s a couple of things from your most recent podcast – which I might say I’ve been listening to from the beginning – that I took particular umbrage to
Despite not being a particular fan of Breath – all real drama happened off the screen – and not a particular fan of films based on Tim Winton, (he just doesn’t do endings) – I would like to point you to any thing Mr Winton has said about what he is trying to do. You said he isn’t the great middle class writer – well no, because he is seen as someone who writes about the working class experience – he claims that for himself! You should check out his essay THE C WORD in the monthly from a few years back, or him on the podcast BIG IDEAS series about class.
Now why does this matter? Well, a few things, but specifically in regards to Abe’s thoughts on the film industry and why don’t people want to watch them. This goes directly to the diversity of people who are allowed to tell stories in Australia – there is a denial of the working class and them having access to story telling. Ironically the 30 percent of the population that decide what is made and try to control public taste seem quite interested in telling stories about the working class – Abe (lovely fellow that he is) is a prime example of this – and tell the working class how bogan they are. It is very interesting to me that in the whole debate about who gets access to telling stories – about diversity – class never gets a mention. Why does this matter? Well, I would argue that the value system of the working class is completely at odds with the value system of the top 30% who both make and criticise the films that are nominally Australian. I was one of the directors on UNDERBELLY, the value system of that is completely at odds with the Bondi/St Kilda world view – I rest my case.
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