Australians don't have a preconceived notion of what things have to be... we can go on a fantastic journey.
It's an infinite creative universe to explore so why chase conservative options?
There are a thousand weird untold stories in the Australian film industry, this has been one of them.
We cheer everyone who goes off to Hollywood and tells American stories but telling Australian stories is the greatest thing you can do.
You go overseas and people are oppressed and scared and worried but we're not like that... we're more like my films and how people come out at the end of seeing them - they feel good.
Then if your movie clicks with real audiences, you'll be sucked into some sort of Hollywood orbit. It's a devil of a place where the only religion that really counts is box office.
Can you imagine what it would be like if all the Aussie film talent was able to make Australian stories?
All the jokes in my films, the comedy, they're not me, I just try to hold a big mirror up to us.
Movies are usually difficult, often insane, constantly challenging and always strangely amusing to make.
The American formula things are out there but they don't have any stories to tell - we have all the stories to tell - but they're all formula.
Find your own specific voice in filmmaking and go for it. Either people will get it or they won't and that's what it's all about.
Hollywood is horrible... it's beyond satire.
Getting your screenplay right is the most important thing you'll ever do on your film.
The journey of your first movie is not just beyond belief it can be truly beyond satire.
So we have to be careful because if you don't protect your culture you won't have it for very long.
Now both my films have been number one at the Australian box office and it took about two years just to get the finance for this film, so if it's hard for me then God help everyone else.
I support all Australian films.
Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts.
My background was art school, documentary director and surfer with a keen interest in thrilling acts of life threatening stupidity.
The obsession required to see a feature through from concept to release is not a rational thing to do with your brief time on this planet. Nor is it something to which an intelligent person should aspire.
I kind of worry about that a little bit - we lost our film culture for 30 years because the Americans came in and bought up all the cinema chains and wouldn't show any Australian films.
I just wanted to do this all Australian film and we didn't want to give creative control to overseas 'cause whoever comes on my sets, whether you're sweeping the floor or an actor, it doesn't matter who comes up with the ideas, it's a collaboration.
In 1905 Albert discovered Relativity, in 1906 he invented Rock and Roll.
While the eyes of the world will be on us let's show everyone that we have a great sense of humour.
It's because we are so flooded with American culture that we're startled when we see ourselves up there on the screen.
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