The future of Australian feature films is up for grabs at sector summit

The upcoming Australian Feature Film Summit promises to be a game-changer in a variety of ways.
Mad Max gang in truck. Image from Mad Max: Fury Road. Roadshow Entertainment.

Production for the small screen (which are not small anymore) has an obvious tunnel of prosperity glittering into the future, based on streaming and conventional broadcasters. The battle to get an invitation to the party is ferocious, and we question the scale, but at least producers can build a business plan.

Not so feature films. Just as Nitram is hitting international festival audiences hard in the feels, we are all agog to see The Drover’s Wife, and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog is barking majestically across the Venice Film Festival, the future of cinema storytelling is shrouded in doubt and mired in cynicism.

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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.