Drive the emitters away

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A good way to reduce local carbon output might be to avoid making movies here. Australia’s creative classes will surely endorse this symbolic initiative.

UPDATE. Infidel Tiger:

Australia has no prouder export than our film industry. It embiggens our heart everytime we hear of one of these moochers departing our shores.

Keep the film industry off-shore where it belongs. Say “No” to locally produced wank.

UPDATE II. The Toronto Sun’s Angelo Persichilli:

After having contributed to the deterioration of our life for decades through movies filled with gratuitous and mindless violence and sex, I’m glad to see a few [film stars] are finally switching gears.

But please, no lectures about the environment until they and their colleagues stop polluting the skies with private jets, the roads with mega SUVs, plus reduce the consumption of power in their Hollywood mansions, where they use more energy in a day than a Third World country does in a year.

(Via andycanuck)

UPDATE III. Movie people are creepy:

“Let’s hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side and go back to the light.”

Posted by Tim B. on 02/24/2008 at 01:58 PM
    1. $200+ Million superhero movie!! Just think of the litter caused by all those bold tags. Can’t support that.

      Posted by GPE on 2008 02 24 at 02:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Sits in director’s chair, clad in riding pants, cravat and beret. Alarmed at Tim’s suggestion, calls him up.

      “Tim! Paco here. How you feelin’, big guy? That’s great, great.

      Now, Tim, sweetheart! About your suggestion that producers take their cameras and go elsewhere…What are you trying to do to me? The Protean Antipodal Cinema Organization has several blockbusters in production in Australia – including Wombatzilla, Bogans in Love, and Wicket of Dreams. This is boffo stuff, Tim, box office magic. So, Tim baby, if you could lay off the film industry, I’d be grateful. You’re a Big Idea guy, Tim; focus on politics, the American election and Richard McEnroe’s apologilooza.

      Whoa! I just had an inspiration! Let me think a minute, let me think… You know, I believe we could work you into one of our movies! In Wombatzilla, we could ax the news guy hero and replace him with a blogger. Now who could play that role? You followin’ me, big guy?

      Posted by paco on 2008 02 24 at 02:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. One question, in reference to the second link, is how someone as eminently sensible and straight talking as Brian Rosen ever got to be head of the Film Finance Corporation.

      – “There’s an opportunity here with the offset to be more adventurous with filmmaking and more ambitious in storytelling. And all anybody wants to say is let’s stop…George Miller from getting it so we can make small films that appeal to about 100,000 people and no-one else, about lesbians, drugs and whatever else.”

      – “Several Australian producers who couldn’t make a decent film if their life depended on it want to make sure that those people that do have talent cannot make the films they want to make.”

      Posted by kcom on 2008 02 24 at 02:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Speaking as an American, I’m pissed that a film about American heroes from American popular culture is being made in Australia in the first place.

      Why can’t it be shot in Canada like a REAL American movie?

      Australian filmmakers should stick to what they do best, making multiculti-sensitive films about drunken abos celebrating their ethnic heritage by beating and raping their children, shot with spring-wound Bolexes on scounged Ilford short ends and war-surplus wire recorders… THAT’S what your tax dollars are for!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 02 24 at 02:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Somewhat OT, but….yiiippppeee.

      Ralph Nader announces today, he’s running for President of the United States!

      It’s about time. The field of idiot candidates was getting really thin.

      Posted by rinardman on 2008 02 24 at 03:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, Miller!  Just throw in a subplot about some stolen children and a broken-down fence.  They’ll come around.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 02 24 at 03:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. A 40% rebate??? Is THAT why we’ve had so many films made here of late?? Fuck ‘em!!

      Say no to corporate welfare socialists!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2008 02 24 at 03:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ralph Nader is rapidly becoming Gus Hall-like in his irrelevancy.

      Posted by ushie on 2008 02 24 at 04:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. We could save Australia’s pristine environment by boycotting Aussie movies and making all those irritating Oz actors and technicians walk home from Hollywood. Or we could make them disappear by working for Nader’s campaign. Either way Oz gets purified and Americans can make movies where they’re supposed to: Hong Kong.

      Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2008 02 24 at 04:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9 We are already boycotting ours, Gary, but I admit that if our cultural leaders made their films much cheaper and unsubsidised they might shrink their audiences even further, and save more car use to and from cinemas.

      Posted by Barrie on 2008 02 24 at 05:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. I think we can do without more B-grade crap based on comic books.
      Make your bundle then bitch about not being subsidised to make another.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 02 24 at 05:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oops, bet the actors of the green left didn’t see this coming.

      Posted by Contrail on 2008 02 24 at 05:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. I wondered if Australia’s “creative classes” have really thought this whole carbon footprint idea through. Given the distance of Australia from Europe and North America, one would think that the UN-sponsored world environmental dictatorship would ban exports to and from Australia on carbon emissions grounds (after all, it is going to be a legal requirement to “buy and sell local”, and for most of the world’s affluent people, it’s hard to get more nonlocal than Australia).

      One would also think that travel into and out of Australia would be banned for the same reason, except with a government permit showing “essential need” – Tim Flannery can probably get his permit, but is a second-tier Aussie academic wanting to go to London going to be able to get one?  I mean, the British **Conservative** party wants to limit air travel within **Europe** – how accomodating are they going to be to someone from Oz who wants to fly 34,000 carbon-polluting kilometers to get to and from the UK?

      Australia is going to be very, very isolated under the New Environmental World Order.  On the other hand, there won’t be any need for the icky continued dredging of Melbourne harbor…

      Posted by kpom on 2008 02 24 at 05:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9, GaryfromJ, I guess it’s okay if all the Aussie and Kiwi actors go home.  But if the Canadians ever decide to go home, Hollywood will be a ghost town.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 02 24 at 05:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. He’s a big fancy schmancy star now, BUT who let mcenroe out of the makeup lockup, closet, room, set?

      Posted by El Cid on 2008 02 24 at 07:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. Someone else raised this theme today, too, Tim:

      This debate involves four groups: Scientists, politicians, media and, in the background, big business. Lately, movie stars are trying to join. Let me start there.

      After having contributed to the deterioration of our life for decades through movies filled with gratuitous and mindless violence and sex, I’m glad to see a few are finally switching gears.

      But please, no lectures about the environment until they and their colleagues stop polluting the skies with private jets, the roads with mega SUVs, plus reduce the consumption of power in their Hollywood mansions, where they use more energy in a day than a Third World country does in a year.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2008 02 24 at 07:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. This is kind of off the topic a bit, but has anyone seen the new Rambo movie.  It is quite possibly the best movie I have ever, ever seen.  I cant think there will be a better movie made to top this one.  Although that is what I thought when I saw 300.  But this movie is much much better.

      Posted by damo on 2008 02 24 at 07:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. #6
      The lefty fillum group will be sure to cash in (further) on $orry …Streep in blackface:

      That Gringo stole my baby! (In atrocious Oz accent).

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 02 24 at 07:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bollocks, they wqant half their money recovered before they even start, anything else is waffle.

      “..Miller described the movie’s status as “precarious” and said Warner Bros was pushing for it to be shot overseas, with Canada the most likely option..”

      From a trade site.

      This case will test the international trade system itself, as it is really a fight between U.S. film producers, who are being enriched by the Canadian subsidies, and the below-the-line film workers — such as cinematographers, special-effects experts and set designers — who are all losing their jobs as a result of the subsidies.

      So if Miller goes Canadian we can expect to see Andycanuk, and Duddley Doright take the leading roles as “Georges” actors will become unavailable??

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 02 24 at 07:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. Australia has no prouder export than our film industry. It embiggens our heart everytime we hear of one of these moochers departing our shores.

      Keep the film industry off-shore where it belongs. Say “No” to locally produced wank.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 02 24 at 07:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, great. Then I’ll have to put up with even more paparazzi on my way to work!

      Posted by andycanuck on 2008 02 24 at 07:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. #18
      And the sequel:The Gringo proof fence …

      The story of a Northern Territory outback aboriginal camp … filmshoot delayed due to faulty wiring …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 02 24 at 08:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hall, Chauvel, Chips Rafferty … got what from who?
      Labor tied Parer up in red tape.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 24 at 08:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. #2 beat me to it (by about a day!).  What a great quote!  I nearly fell out of my chair!

      Can’t wait to see that guys Christmas Card list!

      From a major film producer friend, I’m told the financing options just got enormous to make films here.  He couldn’t rave enough about this Howard policy.  Said money was pouring in, from Europe especially.

      There was never any talk about a cap – doubt this will come in – even the Rudd razor gang knows it needs the arty support!

      Posted by peter m on 2008 02 24 at 08:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. What will the good people of Porpoise Spit do now?

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 02 24 at 09:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. The “real Oscar people” who make stuff that dreams are made of.
      Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements

      Memorable quotes for The Maltese Falcon (1941)
      [last lines] Detective Tom Polhaus: [picks up the falcon] Heavy. What is it?
      Sam Spade: The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of.
      Detective Tom Polhaus: Huh?

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 24 at 09:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. El Cid—Listen, bucko, my work in Nudist Colony of the Dead and The Naked Monster speaks for itself…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 02 24 at 11:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. How about making a movie about CO2 saturation; jason, axel & barry can play the 3 atoms of the CO2 molecule; the plot will be their resistance to temptation from various, wrong-wave-length, harlot radiants of the right, until that correct, ingenue- wavelength of the left comes along and starts their frenzied, kinetic and heat-producing saturation; perhaps traceee could play the ingenue, with Bolt & Blair, in wigs, playing the harlots of the right.

      Posted by cohenite on 2008 02 25 at 12:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. #27, Richard, OMG, you’re THE Hip Hop Cop.  <Looks for autograph book>

      Im gonna rent those movies as soon as I get home.

      BTW your “STARmeter: (has gone up)567% since last week”.  I’m not too sure what that actually means, but it sounds pretty damn impressive to me.

      Congrats.

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2008 02 25 at 12:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. After having contributed to the deterioration of our life for decades through movies filled with gratuitous and mindless violence and sex

      Hmm. He says that like it’s a bad thing.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 02 25 at 01:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. Re #17, yup, damo, I saw the latest Rambo.  Excellent, indeed, excellent!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 02 25 at 02:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. Just in case you thought movie people might be waking up; the Awards are on, and the MC just cracked what he assessed as a joke.
      “Iraq movies are not doing so well in the theatres, but we are not going to give up and embolden the audience, we are going to go on if it takes a hundred years.”
      I got news for him. The Hollywood product is shit, and that’s why people want to pay little, or preferably nothing for it.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 02 25 at 06:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. #2, I’m seein’ it, I’m seein’ it! A whole line of Blog Movies, so this Tim guy’s offen the streets and outen our face, you know whut i”m sayin’?

      Ok so Blogzilla! this year, we’ll need makeup lotsa makeup (guy’s got skin like a danged lizard – hey! now we got the romance angle!), then a series! BlogLord: Kingdom on the Net, BlogLord II: Haunting Tracee, and the filibusting blogbuster BlogLord III: Into the Dark!

      Moider! It’ll be moider I tellya! We’’ll make a fertune!

      Posted by carpefraise on 2008 02 25 at 07:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. #7 on the contrary I see a real opportunity for the PACO film Corporation to set up a Pacopoly in Australia.

      40% rebate? With all the stories here on TimBlair we could keep the industry going for years!!! And all these fine American cobbers that comment here could have real jobs in the golden gutters of Melbourne…
      the place where Tracee gets published all the time.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2008 02 25 at 07:58 AM • permalink

 

  1. A California legislator is now proposing carbon offset purchasing for *gasp* the common people.  The elites are in a tizzy!  Carbon Offsets for All!

    Posted by Patricia on 2008 02 25 at 08:33 PM • permalink