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?
So we have to be careful because if you don't protect your culture you won't have it for very long.
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.
We cheer everyone who goes off to Hollywood and tells American stories but telling Australian stories is the greatest thing you can do.
There are a thousand weird untold stories in the Australian film industry, this has been one of them.
Can you imagine what it would be like if all the Aussie film talent was able to make Australian stories?
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.
It's because we are so flooded with American culture that we're startled when we see ourselves up there on the screen.
The journey of your first movie is not just beyond belief it can be truly beyond satire.
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.
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.
In a kind of a way there's a bit of that happening now so we have to be careful to preserve our culture.
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.
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.
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