The Black List

In the past, the personal taste of a very small homogeneous pool of senior Hollywood film company directors directly controlled which scripts were made into films.

"There was no efficient mechanism by which people with talent could even make the industry aware of their talent..." source: 4 Mar 2017, 7:41 the greatest films never made. Alex Wagner AFR p30-32

Change came when in 2005 when "Franklin Leonard surveyed almost 100 film industry development executives about their favorite scripts from that year that had not been made as feature films. This list of scripts became the first ever Annual Black List. Since then, the voter pool has grown to about 500 film executives, 60% of whom typically respond. The Annual List has served to help spotlight scripts which would go on to earn over $26 billion in worldwide box office and to receive 256 Academy Awards nominations and 48 wins, including Best Pictures SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE KING'S SPEECH, ARGO and SPOTLIGHT, and ten of the last fourteen screenwriting Oscars."  
source: 4/3/17

In the visual arts there are similar bottlenecks:  On an international level every national government tries to control how it is represented, and so perceived, by which of its artists are presented, and the way they are framed by media and publications.  One of the most contentious issues in any country, including Australia, is their past and present treatment of their indigenous people.  In Australia, the federal government's Australia Council has this challenging task.   No doubt Tracey Moffat's participation will inflame debate for this reason, and she appears to be trying to sidestep this:  The ABC Radio National, another federal government instrument, appear to be working both and against the Australia Council in a recent broadcast.  Good luck with that.

My concern is more parochial, addressing a problem that can not really be address by policy or job description.  I have seen it in industry and in the arts:   the human nature to trust more those we see and interaction with more frequently and face to face.  The Western Australian community just do not frequent enough direct social and offical contact in real time and place, to influence the informal and fluid decision making processes that shape Australian's national cultural policy. For an insight into this process read more...

Any exceptions, only prove the rule.


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