ABOUT THE FILM
Advance Australian Film is an exciting, informative investigation into the Australian Film industry.
Independent filmmaker Courtney Dawson takes the viewer on an exploratory journey that chronicles the development and inner workings of Australian cinema. It’s been 20 years since an Australian film has reached number one at the yearly box office, and our films have consistently grossed under 5% of annual movie revenues for over a decade. Through in depth discussions with key industry figures and careful analysis of Australia’s past movie successes, Advance Australian Film explores the challenges facing the industry today, and ultimately seeks solutions for a brighter future.
The documentary also examines the changes occurring across the world, with crowd-funding, social media marketing and alternative distribution models empowering filmmakers like never before and changing the way movies are being produced and accessed.
Let’s support, celebrate and Advance Australian Film.
Featuring one-on-one interviews with influential filmmakers, historians, academics, critics, distributors, publicists, as well as red carpet interviews with some of the world’s biggest stars including Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Baz Luhrmann, Joel Edgerton, Matt Damon, Richard Roxburgh, Jessica Mauboy and more!
ABOUT THE CREW
Writer/Director/Producer: Courtney Dawson
Born in Canberra, Courtney Dawson graduated with First Class Honours in Film Studies from the Australian National University and studied filmmaking abroad at the University of Berkeley, California. She’s been working in Broadcast Media for over four years – at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Presto – Foxtel’s online movie service. She has also established her own entertainment website, MovieMag. Courtney has a strong passion for pop culture, horror flicks and Australian Cinema. Advance Australian Film marks her feature directorial debut.
Director of Photography: Dimitri Zaunders
Dimitri grew up in Sydney, Australia, where he trained under some of the country’s best cinematographers on feature films, commercials and television drama. He combined a freelance career as a camera and lighting technician with study at the University of Technology of Sydney, where he specialised in cinematography and darkroom photography. In 2010 he continued his training in the United States, and upon returning to Australia has continued to photograph music videos, short films and commercial assignments, gaining recognition from the Australian Cinematographers Society in 2013 for his achievements.
Editor/Sound Design/Animator: Nicole Boyd
Nicole Boyd is a filmmaker, sound designer and animator who lives in Sydney, Australia. Her sound design has featured in films that have competed in festivals at Cannes, Edinburgh, Paris, Los Angeles and New York. Her passion for cinema audio has found her in constant demand as a sound designer for film. Recently, Nicole had a short animated film ‘Wild Thing’ showcase in the 21st Hygienic Screening Room Film Festival, in Connecticut USA. Nicole holds a Masters of Media Arts and Production from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and is currently undertaking a Masters in Animation, also at UTS. In addition, Nicole currently works as Website Editor for Video&Filmmaker Magazine.
Additional Cinematographer: Jules O’Loughlin ACS
Jules O’Loughlin ACS is a freelance Director of Photography specialising in film, 3D and high definition cinematography. His award winning body of work includes commercials, music videos, short films and the features KOKODA, SEPTEMBER, I AM YOU, LUCKY COUNTRY, SANCTUM, WISH YOU WERE HERE and the 3D Imax and National Geographic film from James Cameron, DEEPSEA CHALLENGE. He is currently working on Michael Bay’s TV series BLACK SAILS.
Composer: Lachlan Thomas
Lachlan Thomas is a musician/producer born and raised in Canberra, Australia. For the last 5 years Lachlan has recorded and performed under the artist name Danger Beach, lending his music to a number of international promotional videos and artworks. The viral success of his single and music video “Apache” earned Danger Beach a nomination for the 2012 Vimeo Music Video Awards. He has also produced albums for an eclectic range of Australian independent artists. Advance Australian Film marks Lachlan’s first feature film soundtrack.
Production Manager: Ebony Havnen
Ebony Havnen currently works at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and joined the AAF crew in 2012 as Production Manager. Her film and production experience began when she directed and wrote her first student film titled Look At Me, which won Gold at the Australia Cinematography Society in NSW and ACT.