by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
film & television wilderness of South Australia's Flinders Ranges, was screened at the prestigious Palm Springs Film Festival in the United States. " e audience is quite elderly there and they said: 'You know, I don't have the opportunity to travel any more. I go to these lm festivals because I get to travel the world by watching these movies'. "I feel that when I go to the Sydney Film Festival -- I feel like I've been around the world and back. "I also feel an incredible sense of shared humanity. When I see a middle-class Chilean lm and they're dealing with exactly the same things we are, exactly the same issues as we are, you feel that it's a really global connectedness." ere are reasons why Ward makes the movies she makes that go beyond her own particular sensibilities. " e fact is we are limited with budgets," she says of the lm industry, which is majorly funded by government, agreeing that a person has to be a trouper to be an Australian lmmaker. It's not an easy road. Some big-budget blockbusters are made in Australia, either Australian productions or Australian crews and facilities realising US productions: Baz Luhrmann's Australia, Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2 (currently in production) and the next instalment of the Narnia movies are current examples. Bollywood extravaganzas are a recent addition to the local production slate. But for Ward, who is currently working on an Australian-English co-production, it's a personal endeavour, an artists' compulsion and for this English-born Aussie, an expression of her continuing wonderment at the place she has called home for over 20 years. "As a migrant I still have a great sense about what is exotic about Australia," she says. e things that still excite me about it are its scale, and the things that are very unique like the bird sounds, the landscape, that frontier sense of it -- all the things that blew me away when I rst came. When you don't grow up somewhere you're very acutely aware about what an outsider is enchanted by." AUSTRALIAN AWARD WINNERS Warwick Thornton Samson & Delilah Warwick Thornton artfully directed this poignant Indigenous love story. He was awarded the Camera d'Or (for best first feature film) at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Nicole Kidman The Hours Nominated for Moulin Rouge in 2002 for the Best Actress Oscar, Nicole Kidman took the trophy the following year for The Hours. Getty Images Peter Brew-Bevan/Snapper Media Baz Luhrmann Australia The epic 2008 film about a British woman (played by Nicole Kidman) who ran a remote Australian cattle property, received three Satellite awards and the St Louis film critic award for best cinematography. Director Baz Luhrmann's wife Catherine Martin was nominated for an Academy Award for her costume designs. Chris Noonan Babe Filmed in rural Australia, Babe was an imaginative family film about a pig that defied convention. The Chris Noonan-directed film received an Academy Award for visual effects in 1996, as well as a swag of Golden Globe, film critic and AFI awards. Adam Elliot Mary & Max Directed by Academy Award winner Adam Elliot, this claymation feature opened the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. With voice-overs by Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eric Bana, it won the Grand Crystal for Best Feature at the Annecy 2009 International Animation Film Festival in France. Toni Collette United States of Tara Sydney-born Toni Collette plays a woman with dissociative identity disorder in this hit US television series. She was awarded an Emmy in 2009 and a Golden Globe in 2010 for the role. Cate Blanchett The Aviator In addition to her 2005 Oscar win, Blanchett has been shortlisted for the Academy Awards five times. She has won a total of 57 film awards and has received 61 nominations. source: IMDB Russell Crowe Gladiator Ridley Scott's epic film won a string of awards, including an Oscar for its star, Russell Crowe. It had a great impact on popular culture and was one of the highest earning films in the US for 2000. AFP AAP Image