I just put up a piece about Australian film over at The Film Experience. It basically asks why nobody outside of Australia seems to care that this country is experiencing one of its greatest ever years in filmmaking. If this were France or Italy or some country in Asia or the Middle East it would be called a "renaissance" or "new wave", but because we don't speak in a language or make genre movies nobody seems to wanna notice. Such a shame, really.
And then I was at InContention and the normally quite smart Kris Tapley asked "Samson & Delilah is playing Telluride and I’m looking for a reason to see it. Hit me, Glenn." I tried to post the following piece of HTML-heavy reply, but I think it refused it, so I am putting it on here.
You want reasons to see Samson & Delilah? How about this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this or this.
Need I say more?
It really does beg the question though, how can this, a movie that has gotten reviews like this (unanimous praise), has won awards at Cannes and elsewhere around the globe and has been hailed as one of the greatest films Australia has ever produced, not have international distribution. I know studios/distributors are downsizing and such, but this has arthouse hit written all over it. Hell, I could even see it making a bit of a dent during awards season in the way films like City of God have.
Of course, if this movie was Europe then people would be all over it, which is just a shame.