Film Distribution in Australia - A Problem That Needs to Be Solved

The Amy Schumer romantic comedy Trainwreck was release in Australia on 13 August nearly a whole month after it opened in the US. This is typical as you can see from this great article in The Guardian Australia. I am sure the 'why' is about big corporations making money. But as everyone knows technology is forcing a change in the distribution model. Just not in Australia as yet. I am not going to get into the piracy discussion, you can read about that here, I am going to ask why some films, 22 days after being released in the US,  get a blitz of screenings in Australia that last three months and why some films are off our screens in four days? Basically, there is no formula that I can find. It seems to be a dark arts of distribution and exhibition that is wedded to that old adage that the audience for movies are teenage boys and this will make the most amount of money for the big corporations that run entertainment in the western world. That opinion is clearly made at the end of this wonderful article from the IF Magazine that lays out the distribution crisis of Australian-made films. The choices of what Australians can see on the big screen is getting smaller and smaller and that means the money that is being made is shrinking. This does not seem to be a sustainable business model. Most importantly this model is a disservice to Australian audiences, as this ABC radio article says, " viewers don't choose what they see at the cinema, that decision is made for them by the cinema, which chooses what to book and what to screen." I know that is only part of the problem, but for an film lover living in Australia, it is the main one. Something needs to change.

Cannes 2014 - The Guardian Videos

The Cannes Film Festival is massive, and there is copious amounts of coverage not only on the movies showing, but the fashion worn and glamour of it all.  To cut through the noise I have turned to The Guardian's film daily videos that feature the newspaper's film critics (Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard and Henry Barnes) talking about what they have seen that day. No glamour, just straight talking about what works and does not work for the critics watching the films. and now and again an interview with a director or actor. They are interesting and great to watch.