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    We dont watch many movies but every now and then a friend (that is in the industry) says "you have to see..." and he rarely gives us a dud.

    We just watched:
    The Jammed.

    It won the 2007 Inside Film Awards for Best Feature Film, Best Music and Best Script.

    It also scored 7 AFI 2008 nominations:

    AFI Award for Best Film: DEE MCLACHLAN, ANDREA BUCK & SALLY AYRE SMITH
    AFI Award for Best Direction: DEE MCLACHLAN
    AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay: DEE MCLACHLAN
    AFI Award for Best Editing: DEE MCLACHLAN & ANNE CARTER
    AFI Award for Best Lead Actress: EMMA LUNG & VERONICA SYWAK
    AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress: SASKIA BURMEISTER

    and at the AFIs last week it scored ZERO!

    The fact that something could score 7 pointy-end nominations and then missout, along with a discussion about the whole Jim Schembri / AFI thingy is how we got onto the topic of this film.

    The Jim Schembri article that started the conversation...
    (PS: For what its worth, I think Jim was right on the money ergo the outburst from Jimmy Jack)
    http://blogs.theage.com.au/schembri/archives/2008/12/at_deaths_door.html
    post AFI reply...
    http://blogs.theage.com.au/schembri/archives/2008/12/impotent_rage_w.html

    Anyway...
    without any spoilers, the point of the post was if you want to see a powerful local film with a great story, music, filming and actors grab a copy of The Jammed.

    www.thejammed.com

    8-)

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    Ill add that to my list of movies to watch this summer. I assume it is available for DVD rental?

    I note that they have a Donate link on their website. Donate $100 and see your name in the credits. Donate $10K or more and you could get a walk-on roll on their next movie or just donate $50 so you can feel good about it.

    Its a pity that the Australian film industry is not doing so well. I dont think anything has put Oz on the map as some of the movies we put out in the 80s and 90s - Croc Dundee, Young Einstein, Mad Max. Most of our best actors and directors have had to move offshore to get into the top billing movies. Were still capable of producing great stuff such as Lantana but just dont have the big budget.

    "Australia" did have the budget and plenty of promotion. I havent seen it but it has the sense of something that has been done before (nothing new)

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    Weve got to stop trying to make Hollywood movies in Australia...just doesnt work...

    ...having grown up in a film and tv household (my mum is in the industry, a foundation member of a certain guild) it has been an oft talked about subject...one that can bring you to tears...::)

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    I agree Scoota, the best movies we have made in Oz have been hand filmed on near no budget.... certainly no need for a $25 million dollar ex BMX rider to make it a good movie.

    Mad Max was a great story and movie... and in later years the more that Hollywood stuck their nose in the worse #2 & #3 got.

    The Jammed available for DVD rental? Sure is. Paula found it in the $4/week section. I should have just bought it from the web site though as it would do more to support the worthwhile part of the local industry.

    :)

    In the short "making of" clips on the DVD they showed "Pram Cam".... no fancy million dollar steady cam or laser guided some spaceship on rails, this was a 1960s pram with the HD video camera sitting in it and they rolled it down the hallway. It gave a great angle for the shot and the expense was near zero.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1229436890/0#3 date=1229609652
    I agree Scoota, the best movies we have made in Oz have been hand filmed on near no budget.... certainly no need for a $25 million dollar ex BMX rider to make it a good movie.
    Tall poppy syndrome aside, I dont NK is such a bad actor. Another great Oz movie from the 1980s is Dead Calm which I thought she acted very well in. These days she has gone the way of her ex-husband and is relying on hype. I also thought she did a good job in Moulin Rouge even if the movie isnt my cup of tea (errr...coffee!)

    Mad Max was a great story and movie... and in later years the more that Hollywood stuck their nose in the worse #2 & #3 got.
    A good example. The same could be said about the later versions of Croc Dundee.

    Some other good Aussie movies I have enjoyed "Getting Square", "Three Dollars" "10 Canoes" , "The Castle", "Sunday Too Far Away", "Shine", "Breaker Morant", "Romulus My Father" (OK, havent seen that one yet but gets consistently good reviews). I guess you could also add "Muriels Wedding" and "Strictly Ballroom". I could go on...

    The Jammed available for DVD rental? *.... do more to support the worthwhile part of the local industry.
    Agree. I would still want to see it first though

    In the short "making of" clips on the DVD they showed "Pram Cam"
    Good ol Aussie innovation. Its the old adage - sometimes the simple ideas are the best (aka KISS principle)

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    Nah, certainly not Tall poppy syndrome. I agree NK was good in Dead Calm and Bangkok Hilton but I have trouble liking much else she has done since sleeping her way into the A list during Days of Chunder. *For whatever reason, nothing destroys movie takings *faster than putting her in the leading role and I doubt many of her movies have returned a positive income.
    ...altough she looked good in Happy Feet.
    ;)

    Good Aussie movies in the last 20 odd years...

    The Man from Snowy River 1, Most anything Ben Mendelsohn did for a while (The Big Steal, Idiot Box, Spotswood), Chopper, Bad Boy Bubby, *Wolf Creek, Saw, Romper Stomper (Im still scared from those), *Proof, Beneath Clouds (art-house but good), Death in Brunswick (cack), Babe, Kenny.

    ...hmmmm... apart from Kenny, Saw and Wolf Creek not many of those are from the last 10 years yet the Australian govt is spending many more millions on movies than ever before. *

    Could they spend it wiser?

    I saw Not Quite Hollywood at the cinema, Its 90 minutes of uber-rapid-MTV style *editing but the flash-backs of old Aussie stuff is great. *Another worth a look for some light entertainment, some laughs and some shock value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1229436890/0#5 date=1229653501
    *For whatever reason, nothing destroys movie takings *faster than putting her in the leading role
    ...altough she looked good in Happy Feet.
    giggled like a schoolgirl ;D ;D ;D But yes, I think she ought to resort to supporting roles (after a long career break). And whatwas she thinking naming her kid Leg of Lamb...no, what was it again..thats right, Sunday Rose.


    Good Aussie movies in the last 20 odd years...

    The Man from Snowy River 1, Most anything Ben Mendelsohn did for a while (The Big Steal, Idiot Box, Spotswood), Chopper, Bad Boy Bubby, *Wolf Creek, Saw, Romper Stomper (Im still scared from those), *Proof, Beneath Clouds (art-house but good), Death in Brunswick (cack), Babe, Kenny.
    Agree with those (well, except for the few I am yet to see).Watched Romper Stomper for the first time the other day. Excellent movie for its show case of Aussie actors, if not the subject matter. I remember how controversial it was when it came out.

    Yes, Death in Brunswick. I like most stuff with Sam Neil even if he cant really be counted as an Australian actor.[/QUOTE]

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    Unfortunately Oz made movies dont draw the box office dosh.

    Why?

    Because theyre essentially art-house. Too clever & esoteric.

    Introduce some rapid, insipid gun-fire explosions to catch customers interest.

    Lantana is the best flick Ive seen for years Steve, BTW.

    Captivating suspense.

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    Watched Romper Stomper for the first time the other day. Excellent movie for its show case of Aussie actors, if not the subject matter
    Ahhh... see I think the subject matter was good. Not because I want to shave my head and join a gang... because I detest those idiots that do. "To ignore is to condone"

    The Jammed is a little like that... I dont want to be a part of that world but if it opens my eyes enough to not ignore it around me then that was a good outcome of a 90 minute story.

    Because theyre essentially art-house. Too clever & esoteric.
    So why is it that the tax payer funded wads of cash go to those movies?

    They would do better creating the "Australian movie funding forum" and letting the tax payers vote on the trailers to determine who gets the little pots of gold.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1229436890/0#8 date=1229829352
    Because theyre essentially art-house. Too clever & esoteric.
    So why is it that the tax payer funded wads of cash go to those movies?

    They would do better creating the "Australian movie funding forum" and letting the tax payers vote on the trailers to determine who gets the little pots of gold.
    Now thats a good idea Andy 8-)..... Dont know what the AFI would think of it though, given the entrenchment of current thinking,

    Mal.



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