Box Office: ‘Here Out West’ deserves greater support

We need a solid marketing fund for key low-budget Australian films.
Family from film Here Out West

Anthology film Here Out West opened the Sydney Film Festival, which felt like an excellent choice and was received with tenderness and respect.

It glows with good feels. Nine languages. Western Sydney. Five powerful women directors in Fadia Abboud, Lucy Gaffey, Julie Kalceff, Ana Kokkinos and Leah Purcell. Eight emerging writers from minority backgrounds in Nisrine Amine, Bina Bhattacharya, Matias Bolla, Claire Can, Arka Das, Duygu Gogan, Vonne Patiag and Tien Tran, only one of which has a European forename. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.