Australian film industry keen on collaboration with Tollywood

bahubali.jpgThe Australian film industry, which excels in cinematography and special effects, is mulling collaboration with Tollywood in future ventures.

As part of this, the Australian government will hold the first-ever `Australian film showcase’ in the city from April 2 to 10. Ten Australian classics will be shown free of cost to citizens at PVR Cinemas, Forum Sujana Mall. The selection includes classics like `Mad Max’ (1979), `Paperback Hero’ and more recent hits such as `Dressmaker’, `Force of Destiny’, `Swerve’, `Black and White’, `The Bank’, `The Sapphires’, `Red Dog’ and `Bran Nue Dae’.

Filmmakers from the is land nation will also meet professionals from the Telugu industry to explore possibilities for collaboration. As south Indian films are known for its strong visual effects and post pro duction capabilities, the Australian industry is hop ing to lend its `niche expertise’ in the area.

“Films are the most effective bridge for creating understanding between people. While India has a strong and vibrant film industry producing nearly 1,300 movies, the Australian industry produces 25 to 30 high quality domestic films. It also contributes to many international projects, exploring a wealth of talent, including actors, directors, cinematographers and special effects artists,“ said Australian ConsulGeneral for South India, Sean Kelly.

Before the film festival, a red carpet event will be held on April 1 for select filmmakers, business honchos and government officials.“Two veteran Australian filmmakers -Robyn Ker shaw and David Redman -will participate in the event in Hyderabad in an effort to promote dialogue and partnership between the southern and Australian film industries,“ the Consul General said, while hoping that the showcase will highlight the strength and capacities that the Australian film industry has to offer.

“This will encourage collaboration with the Telugu film industry. The south Indian film industries makes very good films, but don’t get an international reach. We are in talks with the Telugu Film Producers Council and there is an ongoing dialogue by four to five Australian filmmakers with a range of Telugu and other language filmmakers over projects for co-production,“ he added.

Source: Times of India

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