Snowtown

I’ve been working on a series of filmmaker panels for the AFCI’s Locations Show this June. This Aussie movie, Snowtown, was proposed for inclusion by the South Australia Film Corporation, and I’d never heard of it (nor the murders it covered). But now I’ve read up a bit, consider me both impressed and kind of…

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On Location: LA Times Interview

So (“blush”), I was interviewed for a profile piece in the LA Times that came out yesterday: Film commissions are set up by governments to be the custodian of economic activity. That involves attracting international production to the destination, because it obviously creates jobs and stimulates small business growth. But the job of film commissioners…

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The Walking Dead

You know how partial I am to apocalypse movies, and to zombie movies in particular? I think I’ve determined by now that there’s something about shuffling, mindless, unreasonable hordes that links in to my basic misanthropy. So AMC’s critically acclaimed, much-awarded, ratings-champ post-apocalyptic series The Walking Dead was eagerly awaited by me. (it’s not in…

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AFCI announces new Leadership

Needless to say, I’m quite pleased to quote directly from the Association of Film Commissioners’ International website as follows: Larry Brownell, who has served as the AFCI Executive Director since February 2010, stepped down from his post Wednesday, March 15th. The Board of the AFCI is pleased to announce that Martin Cuff Consulting will provide…

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The First Film Commissioner

March 09’s Vanity Fair has a great feature on Harry Goulding, the pioneering Colorado-born rancher who, it could be argued, did the work of the world’s first film commissioner….. It’s worth reading the whole article to be once again reminded of how the movies can impact so forcefully on how we see the world, but…

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Projects & Programmes Update

Quick business update. Into the detail on the Durban & KZN Film Review project; we’ve issued two more reports including the Review of the Durban Film Office and International Benchmarking, and an Analysis of the Durban Film Sector utilising a Value Chain Approach. The Durban blogsite is on-going and I’m back to KZN next week…

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Nearly Nailed by Political Interference

In the greater scheme of things, how an interfering official in the State of South Carolina dealt with the filming of the new Jessica Biel, James Marsden, Jake Gyllenhaal movie Nailed is a lesson on how not to engage with the film industry. In Nailed, Biel’s character Alice is a sweet, small-town waitress who gets a nail lodged in…

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