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The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009



The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009

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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 41 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 4 1 C O L O R : C M Y K D E PA RT M E N T O F H E A LT H A N D FA M I L I E S w w w .n t. g o v. a u There are three scholarships available: One scholarship for tertiary study valued at $15,000 plus a lap top to the value of $1,200. Two scholarships for vocational study at $2,000 each. The scholarships will assist three Territory women to gain qualifications in their chosen field and to improve the Northern Territorys skill base. For an application pack, contact the Charles Darwin University Scholarship Officer on 8946 6442 or scholarships@cdu.edu.au or go to http://www.cdu.edu.au/scholarships Applications close 5 February 2010 The Office of Womens Policy is pleased to announce that applications for the 2010 Chief Ministers Study Scholarship for Women are now open. M G 2 4 0 6 3 2 Aussie flops a scourge SHINING LIGHT: Film Samson & Delilah stood out among a range of Australian flops this yearBy FIONAHUDSON inMelbourne A USTRALIAN film makers are delivering too many costly box office flops using taxpayer hand-outs, a leading industry figure claims. The stinging attack on Aussie movies comes as the industrys leading lights assemble in Melbourne for the Australian Film Institute awards. Screen Producers Association of Australia president Antony Ginnane yesterday warned bad Aussie flicks were putting off audiences and threatening the future of the local trade. The whole industry needs to look at itself. It wont be sustainable ... until it considers what audiences want to see, the 38-year veteran of global film and TV said. We need to move away from films that are depressing and unpleasant, and give audiences something it is worth spending $17 on for a ticket plus parking and a baby-sitter. Audiences want to see movies that take them out of themselves, that are magical and exciting ... not ones that are dark, depressing and way too much like reality. Mr Ginnane said surprise hit Samson & Delilah a love story about two young petrol sniffers was proof films could be bleak and still succeed. He praised the Cannes festival prize winner for its low budget of about $1.6 million. It has so far earned $3.2m at the box office and will likely make more from DVD sales and rentals, and sales to pay and free TV stations. But when you make something for $8 million and it only does $200,000, thats not the right result, he said of other Aussie films. A Sunday Territorian analysis of recent releases found almost all have lost money, despite many soaking up generous government funding. Of the six nominees for Best Film at tomorrows AFI awards, only Samson & Delilah looks close to returning a profit. Between them, the six best movie nominees collected at least $17m in federal and state funding. The highly acclaimed Maos Last Dancer cost $26m to make including at least $4m of taxpayer grants. Despite being considered a box office success, it has so far taken just $15m well short of the costs of production. Critically acclaimed Blessed cost $4m to make, but movie-goers have handed over just $455,000 to see it. Among notably poor performers was Prime Mover the tale of a love triangle between a woman, a man and his truck. It received $1.4m of government money but has only taken $52,000 in the six weeks since it opened. Thriller Coffin Rock also fell stone dead, taking $31,000 after taxpayers poured in about $850,000. Screen Australia chief executive Ruth Harley defended the industrys performance, declaring 2009 the most successful year for Australian films in a decade. Ms Harley said the local films share of the overall Australian box office this year was likely to exceed 5 per cent, well up on previous years. But success was about more than just making money, she said. Some films disappoint, and others succeed, she said. Most of them wont make money. Thats the reason we subsidise the arts. So we get to tell our own stories. Diversity is very important. Its important to make big films, little films, films for particular audiences. I think its very important that a whole range of films get funding. It was also important to support the careers of emerging talent so they could go on to bigger things, she said. Many canny movie makers double dip, applying for federal and state funding for their flicks. For example, Blessed collected $500,000 from Film Victoria, Mary and Max got $525,000, and Balibo $400,000 all in addition to substantial federal contributions. Long list of financial failure MAOS LASTDANCER: True story of a Chinese ballet dancer. Budget $26 million including $4m from taxpayers. Box office takings $14.7m. BALIBO:Political thriller set around the deaths of five Australian journalists in war-torn East Timor in 1975. Budget $4.5m including at least $3.3m from taxpayers. Box office takings $1.3m. BEAUTIFULKATE:A tale of incest in the outback. Budget $6m including $2m from taxpayers. Box office $1.6m. BLESSED: Follows six unhappy childrenwanderingworking class suburbia over a day and a night. Budget $4m, including $2.3m from taxpayers. Box office: $455,000. MARYANDMAX: Feature-length clay-mation about two pen-pals. Budget $8m, including $5.5m from taxpayers. Box office $1.4m. SAMSONANDDELILAH:Gritty love story about two ostracised indigenous teenagers. Budget $1.6m, including $1.3 from taxpayers. Box office: $3.2m. DISGRACE:Based on a Booker Prize-winning novel by JMCoetzee. Budget $10m, includes $5m from taxpayers. Box office: $1.2m. MYYEARWITHOUTSEX:Dark romantic comedy exploring life. Budget $3.8m, includes $2.4m from taxpayers. Box office $1.1m. TWOFISTS, ONEHEART:Aboxer meets a girl from the other side of the tracks. Budget $8.5m, includes $4m from taxpayers. Box office $306,000. PRIMEMOVER:A love triangle between awoman,man and truck. Budget unknown but included $1.43m from taxpayers. Box office $51,745. COFFINROCK: Infidelity, leads to murder in a remote fishing town. Budget $2.1m, including $850,000 from taxpayers. Box office $32,000. NOTE: Box office figures as at December 7.

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