Posts Tagged ‘film’

A lot of hot air

Posted: 10:11 am on 2nd March 2015

According to a recent article in the Australian Financial Review, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, and Screen West, and you too, are contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to an anti-fracking documentary called Frackman. The documentary tracks Queensland resident, “pig shooter and accidental activist” Dayne Pratzsky on his escapades, including trespassing on private land, and getting arrested at anti-fracking protests. So far, Screen Australia has invested $200,000 of your money in the film,…

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An Oscar for the Australian Taxation Office?

Posted: 12:56 pm on 10th January 2014

A while ago now, WasteWatch brought you the news that you, dear reader, were subsidising Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby to the tune of $80 million. It seems the federal government’s taste for film hasn’t abated with the new year. It’s just broadened its horizons. Just before Christmas last year, a $30,000 contract appeared for a lucky Canberran studio for the “development of two animated YouTube videos” on behalf of……

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Would you like a grant with your popcorn?

Posted: 10:45 am on 28th November 2013

The former head of News Ltd and inaugural chairman of Screen Australia’s predecessor, the Film Finance Corporation Australia, Kim Williams, has decided it’s time for the Australian film and TV industry to stand on its own two feet. Over the course of its existence, Mr Williams’ Film Finance Corporation gave more than $2.5 billion of your money to the film and TV industry, but Mr Williams thinks its time for…

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Millions more to film ‘The Sea Hawk’ in Queensland

Posted: 10:21 am on 25th June 2013

Last month, WasteWatch reported that Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby had been subsidized to the tune of $80 million from the NSW government. It turns out that the Queensland government has outlined millions of dollars of incentives to lure Beacon Pictures to shoot their new film starring Hugh Jackman, The Sea Hawk, in Queensland. The government rationale for such funding is the prospect of job opportunities. But as CIS Policy…

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$80m for the ‘Australian’ Great Gatsby!

Posted: 11:10 am on 24th May 2013

When it comes to tax rebates and government subsidies, the great American novel The Great Gatsby, is an Australian movie, according to a recent report in The Australian ($): AUSTRALIA is the last major territory in the world to see The Great Gatsby. Yet it is ostensibly an Australian film, qualifying for the federal government’s producer offset where 40 per cent of qualifying Australian expenditure is paid for by the…

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