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Posted September 05, 2019 08:15:31For the last decade, the film industry has been in the news for the many issues surrounding its growth and impact.
But in 2017, it has emerged as a source of contention, especially when it comes to the state of the film market and the films we watch.
A few weeks ago, I spoke to film and TV producer and CEO of Filmmaker and Cinematographer, Richard Smitty, about the state and future of the industry.
The following is an edited transcript of our conversation.
What are some of the biggest problems in the film and television industry today?
Rich Smitty:The biggest issue is that we are not paying the right amount of money to the actors.
There is a lot of talk about the number of people working in the industry and it’s not clear that that’s the case.
The numbers show that there are less people working, but the proportion of people who are employed by the industry is much lower than the proportion working for other industries.
So we have a problem with the number working and with the wages.
There is also the issue that there is a lack of diversity in the workforce.
The industry is currently run by white males and we’re still in a very segregated industry.
There are no women and no people of colour in the field.
I think that’s a major issue for us.
The biggest problem is that there’s not enough investment in film and there’s a lack to be able to make films that appeal to a wide audience.
I do think that there will be films that will be successful in the long run and that’s why I’m a supporter of the Arts Council of Victoria.
The second biggest problem I have is that the film business is now dominated by white men.
I don’t think that we should have a white male in charge of the business, because it’s really not a sustainable business model.
The third biggest problem we have is the lack of the arts in the arts sector.
In the last 10 years, we have seen a lot more films come out and the arts industry in Australia is still a very small part of our economy.
There are very few arts venues.
And there’s been a huge amount of funding for the arts over the last ten years, but it’s all been directed at the movie and television industries.
There’s no real arts sector that has gone to film or television and that is something we need to change.
It’s been said that there isn’t enough investment, and there is no real need for the Arts in Australia.
We need to be looking at the arts.
But is that true?
Rich:Well, we’re not talking about arts institutions here.
We’re talking about entertainment institutions.
I know that there was a discussion recently about what would happen if we put an arts institution in every city in Australia, and the Arts Commission has agreed to that.
But what’s happening in Australia today is we have an entertainment industry that is dominated by people who come from entertainment industries.
In my opinion, we need a new industry.
What about the film festival?
No, I think we need another industry.
I’m not talking just about the festival.
What we need is a new festival.
The one that’s going to attract people from outside of the entertainment industry.
The festival is the most important event in our community.
I’ve seen people who grew up in the community and they don’t want to be part of that.
What I want is a community that is diverse, that has a great spirit, that is welcoming, that’s vibrant.
I want to see a community of film and theatre people that are proud of the work that they’re doing, but that have a strong sense of purpose and of community.
There’s a need to support the arts as a whole.
I have been in some very challenging times in the last few years, and I want that to be a part of the future.
What’s your plan for the future?
Rich (laughing):I think we’ve got a lot to do.
I can’t wait to start my first film in 2021.
That’s what I’m talking about.
But we need some new ideas, some new people in the business.
I will work with the arts commission and the state government to develop some ideas that we can apply to the film sector.
I really want to make a difference.