Gil Scrine delivers Pandora's Promise


Wearing multiple hats, Gil Scrine is arranging a national cinema tour for controversial film Pandora's Promise, distributing Australian and international documentaries on DVD and Video-on-Demand, and selling films and docs direct to consumers.

Cinema Ventures, Scrine.s not-for-profit distribution company, is launching Pandora.s Promise in Melbourne on October 8, followed on consecutive days by screenings in Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.

Us director Robert Stone.s feature-length documentary, which premiered at Sundance, argues that nuclear energy should be reconsidered as the primary source to meet the country.s energy needs while limiting emissions that contribute to climate change.

.Pandora.s Promise is a fascinating documentary about nuclear power that argues it is the true green energy,. said Austin Chronicle critic Louis Black. .It would be hard to imagine a film more controversial than this one. Sure to push opponents of nuclear power into all kinds of rages, the
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Distributor of Life in Movement questions the film’s Roi

The distributor of a critically acclaimed documentary about a Sydney dancer and choreographer, released today, has said he’s unsure whether he’ll get the necessary audience to make a profit on the theatrical release.

Gil Scrine, owner and manager of Antidote Films, distributor of the film Life in Movement, told Encore: “The jury is still out on whether people will come see the film.”

“It’s hard to know how the film will do. I’ve had the figure around $120,000 in mind, which would pay us back for our work and cost.”

Opening across 13 screens nationally today, Life in Movement is directed by Bryan Mason and produced and co-directed by Sophie Hyde about the life of dancer Tanya Liedtke, who died suddenly in 2007.

Scrine said: “The rule of thumb is the distributor takes a third, so if it takes $120,000, then it’ll be $40,000 for us and that will cover
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Column: Aidc's Joost Den Hartog calls on the documentary sector to work together

In 2006 . the year I migrated to Australia . Film Australia made its submission to the federal government.s film funding review. That year my ignorance prevailed when I was occupied programming my first Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc) as its new director.

Encouraged by industry anger about the terms of trade, role and direction of Film Australia, I programmed a keynote address that criticised the six-decade-old institution and put some more fuel on the already burning fire. The keynote by Wall to Wall.s chief executive Alex Graham was meant to alter the terms of engagement, but it set the tone for a further attack on Film Australia as a whole. Unfortunately the industry mobilisation happened at a time the federal government was keen to cut some costs and a golden opportunity arose to axe Film Australia with seemingly the full blessing of stakeholders in the documentary community.

Had I paid
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Maya Newell wins Outstanding New Documentary Talent at Aidc

Maya Newell has taken out the 2011 F4 Award for Outstanding New Documentary Talent for her documentary Two. The award was presented by Australian International Documentary Conference director Joost den Hartog on the closing night of the Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival. Two was one of the four finalists selected from around 80 entries from up and coming documentary filmmakers. The film focuses on a middle-aged British man with a furry fetish living in an adult nursery outside of London. According to F4 Jury President Gil Scrine the decision to award the prize to Two was unanimous. "It was closely observed yet discreet and powerful in its simple depiction of this quite bizarre and little known corner of the human condition," he said. The documentary won the Audience...
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Maya Newell wins F4 doco award in Adelaide

Maya Newell has won the F4 Award for Outstanding New Documentary Talent, presented by the Australian International Documentary Conference and the BigPond Adelaide Film Festival.

Newell’s film Two was one of the four finalists, chosen from the more than 80 entries received by the Australian International Documentary Conference.

Two i’s an expose of a secret personal world of adult babies, with the focus on an eccentric middle aged British man with a furry fetish, who is locked into a continual state of wanting to being two years old.

The jury was headed by Gil Scrine (Gil Scrine Films), joined by Fiona Lawson-Baker (executive producer, Ten Alps Asia), Anna Miralis (Channel4), Jenny Neighbour (programs manager, Sydney Film Festival) and Peter Newman (executive producer of factual for Sbs).

“The jury agreed unanimously on Two because it displays the sensitivity needed for its extremely delicate subject. It was closely observed yet discreet
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Doco filmmakers support Assange

More than 84 Australian documentary filmmakers have signed a petition asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard “to confirm publicly Australia’s commitment to freedom of political comunication”, in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

They’re being coordinated by Carmela Baranowska, as part of a broader petition started on the ABC’s website and incorporating more than 500 signatures.

The petition has been signed by:

Carmela Baranowska – director, journalist Sharon Connolly – producer Bree Mckilligan – filmmaker Jono Van Hest – director Sarah Zadeh – filmmaker Joan Robinson – director Kerry Negara – director, producer Rebecca McLean – director Daryl Dellora – director, producer Sharyn Prentice – producer Fabio Cavadini – director, producer Mandy King – director, producer Sally Ingleton – documentary filmmaker Trish FitzSimons – filmmaker Georgia Wallace-Crabbe – producer, director Lana Schwarcz – puppeteer, filmmaker Tim Anderson – filmmaker Nick Torrens – director, producer Deborah Szapiro – producer Liz Burke – producer Nicholas Hansen – director, producer Philippa Campey – filmmaker Marsha Emerman – director, producer Trevor Blainey – producer Gil Scrine – distributor and
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