Television has always been the backbone of the Australian screen industry and recent statistics from Screen Australia’s Production Report reveal the best result for television in many years. In fact Australian TV drama expenditure increased by 27% on the previous year to reach the highest level on record, and total hours increased by 19%.
In our lead interview with Australian TV drama director JESSICA HOBBS publisher Ben Mizzi is able to get the heart of this success and get an insight into how our very talented TV directors are contributing to this success story.
Although BOB CONNOLLY was not able to deliver his address to the weekend that was organised in honour of American producer Harvey Weinstein, he nevertheless wrote a great address which we are able to share with you in this magazine. This comes at a time when the documentary community through their new group Indiedoco have been lobbying broadcasters and funders to support the
one-off documentary. The survival of the maverick documentary filmmaker is in real jeopardy.
This would be a disaster for Australian culture. We will continue to provide a platform for ADG members in this magazine to further this debate. The article by Bob is a great follow up to the article by Ruth Cullen in the last issue of Screen Director.
We continue our history of the ADG from Stephen Wallace who also provides some guidance
on directing actors. Stephen ran a very successful workshop at the ADG conference this year and we hope to have him present this again in a more comprehensive form in 2014. The conference has provided a great deal of food for thought with some fantastic sessions. Ben Mizzi, as well as publishing the magazine will be presenting these recordings from the conference in the magazine. Our first few are included in this edition.