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Before he became one of Hollywood’s most dependable big-movie helmers with hits for stars such as Eastwood, Pacino, Cruise, Costner, Hopkins, Statham, Brosnan et al, Roger Donaldson literally helped invent the film industry in New Zealand. It all started with a micro-budget smallscreen Kiwi anthology project called “Winners & Losers” in 1975.
Where did you see that first mention of your work?
I saw it in New Zealand. It was my first foray into filmmaking but I believe it was also the first project from New Zealand that sold well overseas. It got sold to 52 countries and everybody in New Zealand was very excited. It was the impetus for making feature films.
Were people in New Zealand aware of Variety’s role in the business?
Absolutely! And at the point it was a big deal to be noticed outside New Zealand.
Did you have a plan to direct feature films at that point? »
- Steven Gaydos
Greg Coote was remembered as the .heart and soul. of the Australian film renaissance of the 1970s and 80s at a celebration of his life and career on Sunday. Hundreds of family, friends and former colleagues gathered at Village Roadshow.s Sydney offices to pay homage to the film and TV industry executive and producer who died at his home in Los Angeles on June 27, aged 72. .Like so many filmmakers I owe my career to Greg Coote,. said Newsfront director Phillip Noyce in a message read by David Elfick, who produced that 1978 classic.
Noyce credited Coote with championing the film from the script stage right through the shoot, editing and the theatrical release. .He was the heart and soul of the new wave of Australian cinema in the 1970s and 80s,. the director said. Village Roadshow co-chairman/co-ceo Graham Burke noted that his long-time friend and former colleague spent 58 years in the screen industry, »
- Don Groves
The actress joins the ranks of previous Longford honourees including directors George Miller, Fred Schepisi and Peter Weir, actors Jack Thompson, Geoffrey Rush and Ray Barrett and producers Tony Buckley, Al Clark, Jan Chapman, Patricia Lovell and Sue Milliken.
Weaver will receive the award, named after cinema pioneer Raymond Longford to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Australia.s screen culture, at the 3rd Aacta Awards ceremony on Thursday in Sydney.
Her career spans five decades. Her first major acting role was a stage production of Cinderella in 1964, when she was 15. A leading light of the Australian film renaissance, her credits include Stork (1971), Alvin Purple (1973) Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and Caddie (1976).
In her international breakthrough, she »
- Don Groves
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