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So I Opened A Cinema:
Tackling Indie Film Distribution Headaches

Guest writer Dean Francis talks about finding an audience for his latest film Drown.

As a teenager my favourite thing was late night screenings of edgy indie films at arthouse cinemas. Todd Solondz’s Happiness sent me into a tailspin of moral dilemma; Greg Araki’s The Doom Generation began my obsession with bad taste; and Catherine Breillat’s Romance redefined the relationship between the lens and the human form. I aspired to provoke audiences by making films that keep playing in the mind after the closing credits. To me this was the point of cinema.

Years later, most of those cinemas have closed. Sydney alone has lost two-dozen arthouse screens. The ubiquitous multiplex offers the same Hollywood re-hashes, which are as disposable as the giant popcorn cups they’re designed to sell.

Australian distributors are dumping local films on VOD/DVD like never before, bypassing the theatrical release cherished by filmmakers. It’s hard to raise awareness around a film, and directors are deprived of...
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