Film and TV producers from Australia have gathered to exchange ideas, pitch concepts and listen to keynote speeches that seek to inspire them all (when they’re not in the bar or by the pool of course). It’s the ultimate industry win-win.
Noni Hazelhurst from City Homicide delivered the Hector Crawford Memorial Speech in which she criticized a “cultural drought” of Aussie film and TV.
“The lunatics are truly in charge of the asylum,” she said. “Millions of dollars are poured into making junk palatable.
“Bells and whistles, garish sets, flashy cutting, wobbly cameras … try to disguise the fact that the emperor’s got no clothes.”
Hazelhurst argued that commercial values and market forces had replaced creativity and quality, leaving us with a “mish-mash of recycled and watered-down insulting dross.”
The former Play School host was particularly vocal about poor children’s programming.
“I believe our children’s imaginations are dying too, and it scares the hell out of me. They are growing up in the age of terrorism and fatuousness – the images that will be their earliest memories are the images of 9/11 and Britney Spears. And no one’s doing anything about it.,” she said.
Meanwhile the Executive Director, Geoff Brown, has welcomed Howard’s promise of $83m for an ABC children’s network but worried that commercial networks would not feel an obligation to continue children’s production.