Monthly Archives: February 2014

Great quote from Jim Jarmusch that neatly sums up The Art of Perseverance

I put ‘A film by’ as a protection of my rights, but I don’t really believe it. It’s important for me to have a final cut, and I do for every film. So I’m in the editing room every day, I’m the navigator of the ship, but I’m not the captain, I can’t do it without everyone’s equally valuable input. For me it’s phases where I’m very solitary, writing, and then I’m preparing, getting the money, and then I’m with the crew and on a ship and it’s amazing and exhausting and exhilarating, and then I’m alone with the editor again … I’ve said it before, it’s like seduction, wild sex, and then pregnancy in the editing room. That’s how it feels for me

Jim Jarmusch, The Guardian, February 2014

Read the rest of the interview here


Blush of Fruit by Jakeb Anhvu

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Tong Phuoc Phuc operates an orphanage in Nha Trang, central Viet Nam. He persuades expectant mothers from aborting with the promise of care and shelter. Operated as a sort of halfway house, unwed mothers living at the orphanage must care for the many young resident children until giving birth. Tong wishes to leave his mark both as an anti-abortionist and as a saviour to fallen women and their unwanted children. Praised by the country’s Prime Minister and the media, Tong’s popularity and motives are overshadowed by allegations of profiteering and child neglect. This fly on the wall documentary follows one man’s quest and the mothers who care for the orphaned children of Nha Trang.4_BlushFruit


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Video – ‘A Discussion on the Future of Australian Feature Distribution’.

I attended the Screen Producers Australia Screen Forever conference in Melbourne, November 2013.

I was asked to be filmed by ScreenPro and FanDependent in association with Screen Producers Australia to answer some questions on the state of the Australian Film Industry.

This is the first of three episodes of  Interviews were filmed: ‘A Discussion on the Future of Australian Feature Distribution’.

Join the discussion at

The next questions will be ‘What changes would you recommend?‘ – coming soon.

Research: Valuing Australia’s Creative Industries Final Report Creative Industries Innovation Centre December 2013

The Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC), which is part of the Australian Government’s Enterprise Connect program, and hosted by the University of Technology, Sydney.

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The CIIC supports the business of creative enterprise by providing business advisory services nationally.

The Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC) has worked with over 1,500 creative enterprises since 2009. This has given us a unique vantage point to identify the strengths and opportunities as well as weaknesses and threats that are shaping their future.

However, this sharp focus on individual businesses is not enough. We need to focus on the big picture – the sum of the parts – providing greater detail and analysis of the creative economy landscape.

The CIIC thus commissioned the production of this report, Valuing Australia’s Creative Industries (2013). Learn more about the report here.

The report validates and values the skills and capabilities of the creative industries in economic terms. It has the benefit of being internationally comparable, and clearly shows the increasing demand for creative skills sets across all industry sectors in our economy, as evidenced by the growing number of creatives employed within other industries.

Explore the big picture data on these pages through a range of interactive and sharable visualisations – intended to highlight some of the report’s key findings.

Download the full report, or view the press release.

Event – The Art of Perseverance in Australian Filmmaking – NAFA – Monday 17th March

Very pleased to have locked in another Panel Session for my thesis. Hope to see you there.

TITLE: ‘The Art of Perseverance in Australian feature filmmaking’ by Nick Bolton moderating  a panel of feature filmmakers.(tbc)
NAFA Choc Tops
Monday 17th March 2014
 6.30 pm – 8.30pm  
 Dolphin Hotel, 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills.
ENTRY: All Welcome. Admission $10 (NAFA members free)

About NAFA
NAFA is a networking group of actors, screenwriters, and filmmakers renowned for being creative and productive. We strongly believe in chasing our own opportunities to succeed in a tough industry.

Originating as a proactive actors’ group in 2002 (then called Networking Action For Actors), NAFA quickly expanded to include screenwriters and filmmakers. In doing so, we have become recognised as an important resource for castings and crew calls for shorts and features that range from student to independent and professional productions.

From the outset, NAFA has always been firmly based on the ideas of networking and education. We are best known for running the successful Choc Tops meetings, held each month at the Clock Hotel in Surry Hills.

On a larger scale, NAFA runs its film festival Show-Fest in late April or early May each year. Popular for the ‘Show & Tell’ format, cast and crew are invited onstage to discuss the making of their films after each screening. On a smaller scale, NAFA also organises script development workshops, social events, and a talent night.

Book – The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans

Robert Evans’ The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of an award-winning documentary film, it remains the gold standard of Hollywood storytelling.

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With black-and-white photographs from the author’s archive and a new introduction by the legendary actor, producer, and Hollywood studio chief Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture is driven by a voice as charming and irresistible as any great novel.

An extraordinary raconteur, Evans spares no one, least of all himself. Filled with starring roles for everyone from Ava Gardner to Marlon Brando to Sharon Stone, The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Notorious Life is sharp, witty, and self-aggrandizing, and self-lacerating in equal measure.

This is a must-read for fans of American cinema and classics of the canon, including The Odd CoupleRosemary’s BabyLove StoryThe Godfather, and Chinatown.

Buy the book here


Films – Advance Australia Film

Advance Australian Film is an exciting, informative investigation into the Australian Film industry.

Independent filmmaker Courtney Dawson takes the viewer on an exploratory journey that chronicles the development and inner workings of Australian cinema. It’s been 20 years since an Australian film has reached number one at the yearly box office, and our films have consistently grossed under 5% of annual movie revenues for over a decade. Through in depth discussions with key industry figures and careful analysis of Australia’s past movie successes, Advance Australian Film explores the challenges facing the industry today, and ultimately seeks solutions for a brighter future.

The documentary also examines the changes occurring across the world, with crowd-funding, social media marketing and alternative distribution models empowering filmmakers like never before and changing the way movies are being produced and accessed.

Follow Courtney’s journey here