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Stage 2 Review
Comments received Tuesday 17 February

From Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC)

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From Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM)

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From Ian Dunlop

At last there is an, albeit brief, mention of "the predecessor agency" Film
Australia.  In one form or another Film Australia has been the active
Government filmmaking body for over sixty years.

Film Australia no longer exists as a filmmaking body.  What concerns me is
what will become of FA's vast and incredibly valuable library and archival
holdings (both film and stills) stretching back a century.  This is surely
one of the most valuable archival resources in the country.  As with all
archival holdings its management and care and marketing  requires a
specialist staff.  For instance many of the films have protocols attached to
them, such as binding agreements with indigenous communities regarding their
use.  The present Library staff has an intimate knowledge of all this.

It therefore seems imperative that the old Film Australia Library, with its
specialist and experienced  staff, survives in an integrated and somewhat
independent form to continue their guardianship and promotion of this
material.  Whether this should be done within Screen Australia or elsewhere
is hard to say.  It seems that Screen Australia is solely concerned with
funding and marketing of new films and therefore not the body to look after
this archival holding.

Ian Dunlop


From Media Access Australia

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From ScreenWest

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From The Other Film Festival

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