Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Shame

You won't be getting much out of me today since I am still very sick - it's going around, unfortunately - but I wanted to bring this article to your attention. It will only affect Australians, but it's still a shameful indictment on the state of film distribution.

The matter at hand is the new Matthew Newton film Three Blind Mice will not even be receiving a release in Sydney, the film's home.

IT HAS screened at 14 film festivals around the world, winning warm reviews and a critics’ award in London.

Yet when Matthew Newton’s feature film Three Blind Mice opens around Australia this month, it is unlikely to be shown in its home city of Sydney.

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The distributor, John L. Simpson, said yesterday that the city’s arthouse cinemas had rejected Three Blind Mice as not commercial enough. ‘‘We’re not fooling ourselves – it’s not Titanic – but it’s an excellent film with a unique Australian voice,’’ he said.

"Excellent" is putting it mildly. It's the best Aussie film of the year, yes even better than Samson & Delilah, so the raw deal this film keeps getting is both baffling, maddening and depressing. It screened as a part of the AFI screenings last year and was promptly snubbed in every category (for what? Unfinished Sky? No thank you!) and now it's taken this long to even receive a release at all and now even that is in trouble. Such a shame. I really hope that eventually people do discover this movie and the immense talent within it. It's a great and bold achievement, one that will sadly go unnoticed. I can only encourage everybody to see if it they notice it playing at a cinema near you. Hell, even if you have to travel a bit just go and see it!

1 comment:

FranklinBluth said...

Perhaps if it does quite well in Melbourne it might get a release in Sydney?

'it's not Titanic'

... was anyone suggesting that it was...!?!?!?