How Does Being an Outsider Give You a Creative Advantage?

Research has shown that people who view themselves as independent may be somewhat immune to the negative effects of rejection, and may even use social rejection as creative fuel.

Click here for Excerpt from Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. © 2015 by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. TarcherPerigee, Penguin Group USA, Penguin Random House LLC.

Orson Welles mocked Hemingway’s cliched idea of Spain

“Now you have the picture of the Spanish civil war being projected on the screen and these two heavy figures swinging away at each other and missing most of the time. The lights came up. We looked at each other, burst into laughter and became great friends.”

– Orson Welles, on his relationship with Ernest Hemingway
From Dr Matthew Asprey Gear’s new book At the End of the Street in the Shadow: Orson Welles and the City.

http://cup.columbia.edu/book/at-the-end-of-the-street-in-the-shadow/9780231173414

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/16/what-orson-welles-really-thought-about-ernest-hemingway

Mad Max – 1979 origins in Australian ‘Ozploitation’ film genre

“The producers famously violated a number of road laws and paid some of the crew in slabs of beer…

Trailer # 1

“The original Mad Max provides an origin story for Australia’s most iconic hot-under-the-collar antihero, depicting the tragic events that made him such a killjoy. It was also a baptism by fire for the director, George Miller, who shot the film in and around Melbourne on a shoestring budget.”

– Luke Buckmaster – ’10 best Australian films made by first-time directors’
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/02/10-best-australian-films-made-by-first-time-directors?CMP=soc_567

Trailer # 2

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Portrayal of Diversity in Blockbusters

“By far what I found most appealing about The Force Awakens, one of the most anticipated films of the decade in one of the most universally beloved film franchises of all time, is that its two main characters are a white woman and a black man. This is meaningful not only because it moves Star Wars into a space that better reflects its audience, but because the franchise is huge enough to influence the larger filmic landscape, and potentially nudge Hollywood toward consistently telling more inclusive stories.”
– from Review by http://www.FeministFrequency.com

Movies as Mythology

For the Centenary of Cinema in 1995, a compilation of films was put together to celebrate the anniversary in various countries.

Australia’s entry was “White Fellas Dreaming” by Dr George Miller, and this short clip is an excerpt / introduction from the documentary where he discusses growing up and discovering film, and learning about film and mythology through the Mad Max Trilogy.