Monday, June 24, 2013
Cover letter for Script Development application to Screen Australia by banned filmmaker!
Members of the Screen Australia Board
Level 4, 150 William St
24th June 2013
Dear Board Members
A month ago I made a development application to SA for a low budget feature of mine entitled SHIPS IN THE NIGHT. I did so in the hope that my application might be accepted – given that Screen Australia clearly cannot, a year on, justify my being banned for the reasons given. I hoped in vain. I received no acknowledgement that my SHIPS application had been received. Nor were my application materials returned to me. What happened to them? Tossed into the recycle bin at Screen Australia? To become persona non grata with Screen Australia on the basis of phony charges that even the Screen Australia Board believes should be kept secret is an extraordinary state of affairs!
I’ll try again. And keep on trying – in the hope that it will eventually be explained to me just how the reading of a screenplay of mine in development places a Screen Australia reader at risk! My latest project, a work in progress, is a broad comedy that tilts often into pure farce; a screenplay for which I have not received one cent in development money.
Farce is a genre I love, if done well. I pretend to no expertize (or even experience) in the execution of this genre. If BILL CLINTON’S LOVE CHILD has legs I need to work with (a) a scriptwriter with a predilection for (and competence in writing) broad comedy and/or (b) a good script editor who does not look down his/her nose at broad comedy intended for a wide Australian and international audience. Hence this application.
It would seem to me that a film funding body such as Screen Australia should be able to put a producer/writer/director such as myself in touch with screenwriters who may have the requisite skills and be interested in collaborating with me on a project such as this. Alas, Screen Australia considers it to be a higher priority to thwart the development of a film project (regardless of its merit) because the filmmaker (myself) poses a risk to any Screen Australia project manager, reader or bureaucrat who might have to actually read what I have written. The poor dears!
The Screen Australia Board can either pretend that this application has not been made (directly to yourselves since Screen Australia development staff refuse to even acknowledge my existence) or acknowledge receipt of it and explain just why it is that my application cannot be accepted and assessed on its own merits. This would, of course, necessitate providing me with evidence that I have, in fact, intimidated and placed at risk members of Screen Australia’s staff with my correspondence. This you cannot do since no such correspondence exists – leaving you with only one option: to ignore my BILL CLINTON’S LOVE CHILD application, just as you ignore my repeated requests that you make public evidence of my having intimidated and placed at risk members of Screen Australia’s staff with my correspondence.
Whilst farce is a genre I love (we all need a good laugh) the fantasy world of film it is not quite as much fun to be a protagonist in a farce taking place in the real world.