Thank you for coming to this talk on the Australian Film Institute, or AFI as most of us know it. We pride ourselves on the work we have done over the last 50 years, and I hope to let you know how we w ill keep promoting and developing this great country’s film industry. I’m going to start by giving you a little bit of history about the AFI, then I’ll go on to tell you about the work we’re
involved in at the moment, and then tell you a little bit about what the future holds for the AFI.
So, let’s start at the beginning. 1958 is an important date in our history, as it was when the Institute was founded. Since then, we have been working continuously for the following purpose; to promote film and television in Australia. I think however our celebrated film and television awards are what we at the AFI are most well known for, which do indeed fulfill our aims of promotion of the industry. In fact, we think these awards have also elevated the standards of
Australian film since th e ir inception in the sixties. We’re incredibly proud of them.
The awards became so popular that we expanded them. In 1986, TV categories were added to the list of prestigious awards we offered. The awards have grown in popularity and status over the years, and there is no doubt that we are one of the leading film and television award ceremonies in the country. We have just recently held our 50th anniversary, which took place at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. Some big names in the film and television industry were there
and it was a real celebration of success.
Now, this leads me up to our present work…
My favourite book is called the Hunger Games. It was w ritten by Suzanne Collins I think and it is a really good book. The story is set in North America, but at a time when things are very bad. It’s a story of a terrible society, which is separated into districts. A boy and g irl from each district are sent to take part in the Hunger Games. These games are televised for everyone to see. The games are basically a fight to the death for the children taking part. The story follows a girl
called Katniss, who is forced to take part in the games when she offers herself up instead of her sister. I like the story so much because it is very exciting. At first, I found it really horrifying, but the more I read it, the more I couldn’t put the book down. I really came to like the main character too. She is so strong. I was recommended this book by some friends and it didn’t disappoint me.
A film I saw recently which I particularly liked was Toy Story 3. It’s the third of a trilogy of Toy Story film s, and I think it’s the best, but saddest one. These films are made by Pixar and they are cartoon film s, but I think they are for adults as well as children! The film is about toys that get thrown out as th e ir owner is too old to play with them anymore. They’re given to a nursery school, but the nursery school children are horrible and the toys are treated really badly. So, the
story follows th e ir journey to get back to th e ir original owner. The main characters in the film are Woody, who is voiced by Tom Hanks, and Buzz Lightyear. I like this film so much because the story and the animation are so good. I found that, even though it’s a cartoon, it was really easy to get involved in the characters and what was happening to them. I think I cried for the last half hour of the film… but it’s an incredibly heartwarming film about love and friendship. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys both a laugh and a cry! I think this film would be loved by most people in the world.