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The industry largely didn’t want it, there was no chanting in the streets calling for its creation and nobody knew how to run one, but by the tortuous stroke of a battered political pen, The Australian Film Television and Radio School came into being 25 years ago.

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Rock et Man - Adrian van de Velde - 10mins

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Jocelyn Moorehouse & PJ Hogan


John Polson & Samantha Lang


Jack Thompson


Jane Campion


Andrew L. Urban, interviewer & co-editor


AFTRS publisher & co-editor, Meredith Quinn







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