The Story of Film looks at American and Australia cinema in the 1990s and examines the rise of digital film-making which allows for the crafting of scenes that would otherwise be impossible. It looks at the innovative effects work of Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and Steven Spielberg and discusses the popular CGI animated film Toy Story (1995). It also look at the low-budget The Blair Witch Project (1999) which was primarily shot on video. It looks at the rise of post-Moderism in American film and examines the work of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, Joel and Ethan Coen, Gus Van Sant, Matthew Barney, and Paul Verhoeven. It also looks at directors in New Zealand and Australia including Jane Campion and Baz Luhrmann.
Did You Know?
Baz Luhrmann - Interviewee
That's where the romanticism comes in, is that we're making something that happens in life *better* than it is in life. Bigger than it is in life.
Mark Cousins - Presenter
Better and bigger than life. Exactly what many movies makers aimed for in the last days of digital, at the end of the old millennium. The story of film was full of the fizz and feedback of those days. And the rapture of self-loss. But then came the 21st century.