SHINING A LIGHT: 50 YEARS OF THE AFI
What people have said about the AFI in the book:
The AFI is where you can “identify the Australian film industry – it is
the locus of it – as well as the site of vital discourse”. Dr George
Miller (Happy Feet, Babe: Pig in The City, Mad Max).
Australians “are applauded, even awarded, overseas for their work. But
it is just as important that we gather and celebrate the diversity of
our talent pool here [at the AFI Awards] at home”. Cate Blanchett, actor
(Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Little Fish, Lord of the Rings, Oscar and
The AFI has “played a not insignificant part historically” in the
history of the Australian moving image. Phillip Adams, The Australian.
“A who’s who of the industry would also be a who’s who of the AFI”. Ken
Berryman, National Film and Sound Archive.
“It was the first body of any note in Australia created to do anything
for the cause of Australian cinema. For most of those 20 years it
struggled on the thinnest of shoestrings, unsubsidised, building up film
awards to encourage producers, trying to screen Australian films, assist
societies and produce literature on our film history”.
Colin Bennett , The Age Film Reviewer (1977).
“The AFI has demonstrated that we do have an Australian film culture, a
local industry and that Australians value and are willing to support
local films”. Alan Finney, Managing Director and Vice President, Walt