Public funding of junk ‘culture’

Frank Devine, who some­how sur­vived a term on the Aus­tralia Coun­cil fund, “projects(link to Op-Ed piece in The Aus­tralian newspaper)”:,5744,8066200%5E7583,00.html a dis­mal future for the pub­licly fund­ed movie ‘indus­try’ in Aus­tralia. bq. Project for­ward 15 years: that’s near­ly $2 bil­lion gone on mak­ing 90 new movies nobody will go to, since qual­i­ty nev­er improves in shel­tered work­shops. Prob­a­bly they will be shown only in gov­ern­ment cafe­te­rias. Gov­ern­ment sub­si­dis­ing of the arts has become Aus­trali­a’s Viet­nam-like quag­mire. I sus­pect a lot of invol­un­tary con­trib­u­tors to the pub­lic sub­si­dies share his opin­ion of the out­put. At least, the box-office results tell that sto­ry. bq. As a result of so many crook, or not quite right, Aus­tralian movies get­ting a show­ing, the genre has acquired a bad name. I shun Aus­tralian movies as I do movies star­ring Eddie Mur­phy. Only vehe­ment word of mouth moves me.

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