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"Why have an eight-year-old play an eight-year-old when we can have an actor of Tom's calibre, with all his years of experience, interpret the part? "  -- director Robert Zemeckis on using Tom Hanks play the boy as well as the guard in The Polar Express.
 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Wednesday February 20, 2019 

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  WHAT ARE WE FUNDING FILMS FOR?
With letters to the editor complaining that the subject matter of some Australian films are depressing instead of entertaining, Andrew L. Urban asks whether we want to fund a viable, ‘entertainment’ driven, commercial film industry - or a national cinema which occasionally produces entertaining hits
  WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU WANT IT?
Releasing a film in theatres, followed by the DVD, then pay TV and finally free to air TV is the rule of thumb to maximise revenue – or was. This is no longer the unbreakable rule (especially for indies) and there’s even talk of simultaneous releases across several platforms. And it’s not just talk; it’s already happening, here in Australia, reports Andrew L. Urban. ‘When and where do you want to see my film’ should be the new rule of thumb.
  WHY IS SYDNEY SUCH A PARTY POOPER?
OPEN LETTER TO THE PREMIER, THE HON BOB CARR. By Andrew L. Urban





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