I came across something very interesting the other day…I got in contact with Clayton Jacobson – the director of Kenny. I thought it would be interesting, especially considering Kenny is a sort of documentary. Its more of a mockumentary but the film has lots of truthful elements. You know what , I reckon it is a doco…regardless!! Read below the little interview I had with him!!
- Do you think the Australian film industry is heading in the right direction?
Not sure the industry ever heads in any specific direction in Oz – its so cottage based – we are not like Hollywood or other countries when it comes to film making. The media knows this which is why every new Hit is proof positive the industry is thriving and every failure is proof positive we are doomed. Hollywood never makes such commentaries. But I’m an optimist and the more accessible technology becomes the more readily film makers can tell their stories the more our craft improves. I think we are getting braver we are starting to tell more compelling stories in varying genres.
- Is it a good industry to be a part of at the moment
You need a tough hide to be a part of this industry at any time – nothing is ever real till the cameras start rolling – its an industry built on fantasies and gatekeepers – movie making is a subjective artform made by committee and getting all the ducks to line up is near impossible 90% of the time.
- Is the quality of Australian film getting better or worse??
again technology is driving this – in fact its never been easier to have you film look wonderful – which means we are easily bored which of course forces us to tell more engaging stories – effects no longer wow us – better stories – many more films being made – how does your get noticed – have a better story. the real key is finding effective ways to find your audience thats the biggest challenge now – good work can get lost in the mirth.
- And an outline of the process Australian filmmakers go through to make a movie. Is it a hard or easy process?? (like your situation with Kenny).
in my case i did everything on kenny including catering from time to time so it was hard work but also for-filling – all film making is hard as Terry Gilliam once said film making is a slow motion catastrophe – its takes years to make – the average films has a gestation life of 5 – 8 years.