The Australian Film Industry

An article in The Age states that Australia has become a viewing population, not a viewing nation. This purely means that even though Australians enjoy watching films, we do so in a away that doesn’t reveal our national agenda. As an individual nation with our own identity, it is beyond comprehension as to why we have become so insanely Americanised. I remember several years ago when the movie Australia came out and even then I was so in awe of there being a film so popular and widely recognised that was not only filmed in Australia but was filmed in such a way that represented traditional Australian history. It then came to my attention that Australian films have been isolated to more private screenings, as myself, just like the majority of Australians, choose to go to massive cinema chains such as Hoyts.

One issue, out of many that the Australian film industry is faced with is budget. Since their budget is usually quite lower than say Hollywood films, their advertising thus suffers as a result. In such a varied social environment with smart phones, television, internet etc, advertising is a sure way for many films not only to be recognised, but to be watched. Almost every time I have gone to the cinema to watch a movie (which isn’t all that often), it has been because I have seen the trailor of a film play in an ad before a youtube video, or seen someone rave about it on social media and have then felt obliged to go and watch it.

File sharing and illegally downloading media has become so popular as most people are left felt like they have no other option in being able to watch new films. Hoyts charges $9.90 for a movie ticket, which is quite decent. However, when a drink and popcorn is added, the total magically comes to $40. To many people, the bother of getting reasonably dressed up, driving to the cinema, spending quite a bit of money of tickets and drinks as well as risking whether or not there will be a group of loud and annoying teenagers in the same movie theatre as you is just not worth it. In order to turn this around and improve the Australian film industry would be difficult to say the least. However, there may be tactics in order to improve it that involves the process of file sharing. Once an audience is able to visually experience an Australian film/show and they enjoy it, they would be more inclined to move to other platforms that will in turn generate more profit and boost popularity of our film industry.


Boarding school or captivity?

When people found out I went to boarding school, I’m usually met with an array of different questions/statements. “So, your parents don’t love you?”, “do you wear uniform on the weekends?” and “boarding school is just like Hogwarts, right?” just to name a few. What people do not know about my particular boarding school is that even though its agricultural, it is also situated on a 1000 acre property surrounded by the Murrumbidgee river. This means that it is both very secluded and reception wise it is very poor. I would often have to walk 2km in the afternoons to the front gate in order to gain 3 bars of service to ring my parents. This is a school that gave the piggery air-conditioning before the student dormitories, just to give everything a little bit of perspective.

So, it wasn’t rules per se that regulated my media use, but simply geographical location. Not only was mobile reception scarce, but the only television channels we were able to get were that of ABC and SBS. When I tell people this, they usually try and think of it in a positive sense in that I was “cleansed” from mass media for a few years and think I should see this as a blessing. This was wrong on so many levels. It may sound shallow that I was so anxious without access to social media, prime time television and texts, but I was mid to late teens and its just not normal to go without these things. This may raise a moral concern about teenagers and their need for technology, but I believe that it is somewhat harmless in moderation. In terms of space, the only issue I remember is everyone placing their phones on the window (as apparently that can get you service?) and everyone having an issue with taking the best spot that was marked in pen for reception. Also, it would be pretty easy to guess that when students went home, they would spend all their time in their rooms on their phones and laptops merely attempting to make up for lost and deprived internet time. This would thus create an issue at home, I know this because I experienced it first hand.


The juggling act

To this day scientists are still analysing the impacts that the act of multitasking has on our brains, our mental health and our productivity. Upon completion of a bit of research on multi-tasking, I find it interesting to note that many short term impacts of multi-tasking were listed such as increase in short-term memory loss and difficulty concentrating. However, long-term impacts have only been ever so slightly grazed upon for the simple fact that multi-tasking is a relatively new phenomenon.

When someone is multi-tasking, they usually don’t realise they are doing it. Unless you are a middle aged woman with a full time job and three children, in which case multi-tasking seems to be something to brag about. There’s also the ongoing debate how women think they are better at multi-tasking than men are. Ultimately, the most common justification for this assertion is not any credible research but the simple explanation that women are more accustomed to performing multiple tasks in and around the home such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, taking care of children and planning for the family. What self-respecting researcher would use this as an determining factor? It seems more likely to be feminist propaganda to make another ‘women are superior’ claim.imagesmt

I believe research into multi-tasking is important as it may improve the general understanding of how the brain and the human consciousness works. There would be several people/organisations/businesses invested in these results. The first thing that springs to mind would be the health care system in a sense that brain damaged patients could be assessed and diagnosed in accordance in their multi-tasking abilities as well as aid rehabilitation.

smart phones and dumb people

I first began working in the hospitality industry in 2009. Being a naturally shy and introverted person, I would never speak up if a customer were to act rudely towards me, a co-worker or another customer. I was always polite and calm. However, last year during the summer holidays, something happened that may or may not have sparked a decrease in tolerance for other people’s vulgarity. It was a Sunday, which means the busiest day of the week. People were coming from the coast on their way back to ACT and they just can’t go two hours without a stop over at the Braidwood Bakery- the half way point. Anyway, the day was going quite smoothly until a middle aged man in a suit was next at my registrar. As I said “Hello, how are you, what would you like today?”, his phone rang. Whenever this usually happens, the customer either a) ignores the call altogether or b) answers, says “I’ll call you back”, then hangs up. This was not the case for the businessman. He answers the call without first even answering my question. I remember thinking that I was the rude one for trying to ask him what his order was while he was having a chat to his mate on the phone. Then something just clicked. I summoned the next person in line and took their order. To say that this caused a riot is a definite understatement. After abusing me and the customer I served, the man demanded to see my manager. Of course, she was on my side and simply said that no one will get served if they are speaking on their phone.

This incident made me realise that somehow, people feel that talking on a cell phone isolates them from people in their immediate vicinity. But, unfortunately for them and their unwilling listeners, they are anything but isolated.

The good news is, I came across a wikihow page that describes how to use your cell phone in public