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?
It's because we are so flooded with American culture that we're startled when we see ourselves up there on the screen.
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.
So we have to be careful because if you don't protect your culture you won't have it for very long.
The journey of your first movie is not just beyond belief it can be truly beyond satire.
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.
It was always easy for me. I was born very rich and lucky.
If government and media and all of us in the Australian tribe got together, and the rock industry, we'd just be the greatest cultural force the world has ever seen - we're such an amazing race.
While the eyes of the world will be on us let's show everyone that we have a great sense of humour.
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.
We've got so many stories to tell, you know, we could take on the world.
Three years after starting, by physically doing everything from raising the finance to special effects, we'd finally cobbled together our low budget film.
Making your first feature film is actually impossible.
I don't know what it means to be out there against the Olympics.
Getting your screenplay right is the most important thing you'll ever do on your film.
Hollywood is horrible... it's beyond satire.
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.
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.
Movies are usually difficult, often insane, constantly challenging and always strangely amusing to make.
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