*Print* @SMH “Australian filmmakers find true crime does pay”

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There have been a few David mentions in the past few weeks with the pending release of Joel Edgerton’s “Felony”.  Below is an extract from Garry Maddox’s, Sydney Morning Herald article about Blue-Tongue and Australian crime films:

“But  if you’re looking for the driving force behind the Oz crime wave, look no further than Sydney’s Blue-Tongue Films.

The filmmakers’ collective that includes Michod, Joel and Nash Edgerton and Kieran Darcy-Smith has specialised in tense, smartly written dramas that tell very Australian stories that turn on a crime. As well as Animal Kingdom, their films include Nash Edgerton’s The Square (2008), about a construction supervisor and his mistress who set their sights on a bag of illicit cash, and Darcy-Smith’s Wish You Were Here (2012), about a mysterious disappearance during a more-dangerous-than-expected holiday in Cambodia. …

But the pleasure of watching these Australian films lies in the slow-burning drama as ordinary suburban characters do what many ordinary suburban characters do in real life – blur the line between right and wrong. It’s just that their actions prove more dangerous on screen.

Popcorn entertainment for a mass audience these films are not. But they are authentic, thought-provoking and very Australian takes on a genre at which British and Scandinavian filmmakers are also excelling. 

Michod, who is in Los Angeles developing his next movie, became interested in crime when he moved from Sydney to Melbourne and read Tom Noble’s books about the city’s gangland wars in the 1980s.

“Especially fascinating for me were the ways in which Melbourne crime seemed to differ from Sydney crime,” he says. “In Sydney, crime seemed to be the enterprise of a pretty profoundly corrupt police force. In Melbourne, it seemed to function like a brutal Wild West; incredibly violent criminals – especially armed robbers in their dying days – and an overzealous police force going toe to toe. It was like the last days of an old-school cops-and-robbers gang war.”

And while these gangland wars were also the subject of the first Underbelly series, Michod wanted to do something more ambitious for his first film: tell a fictional story with dark complex characters and layered storytelling that didn’t make celebrities of the likes of Carl Williams and “Benji” Veniamin.

“By dabbling in the world of crime, you’re already walking a well-trodden path,” he said at the time. “I knew that I wanted to make this movie feel unusual and I wanted it to have the capacity to excite people – to excite critics and audiences – because I wanted it to stand out from the crowd,:

Click on the link above to read the full article.  I’m looking forward to seeing Felony when it’s released in Oz later this week – 28 August 2014.

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