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In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off.
by Bruce Beresford

In Australia, they set up a special fund to kick films off.
It was quite an enlightened sort of move.
You could go to this government bureau with scripts
and and get finance for films.
- Bruce Beresford

With a film, I do my best to understand the author's
intentions and try to bring the characters to life.
- Bruce Beresford

In my view, the operas of Carlisle Floyd will find
a place in the permanent repertoire.
- Bruce Beresford

I'd really been interested in opera when I was about 16,
and I really like staging them.
- Bruce Beresford

 

He's wrong.
That's why his films look so terrible.
- Bruce Beresford

Everyone has seen photographs of Mexicans wearing those big sombreros.
When you come to Mexico, the astonishing thing is,
nobody wears these hats at all.
- Bruce Beresford

There were movies that always made me want to be a director.
You see brilliant scenes and the way the emotions were handled.
I thought, I'd really like to do that.
- Bruce Beresford

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Film is shot in fragments, and the same moments can
be shot again and again until the director is satisfied.
- Bruce Beresford

It is essential to do everything possible to attract
young people to opera so they can see that it is not
some antiquated art form but a repository of the most
glorious music and drama that man has created.
- Bruce Beresford

It's not enough to hit the notes.
There is no point in the singers just standing there
and sounding wonderful if they're not connecting with
the characters they are portraying.
- Bruce Beresford

When I was 24 I went to Nigeria and it was such a culture shock,
growing up in Australia and suddenly being the only
white man in this unit full of black men.
- Bruce Beresford

In silent movies, they tended to put the camera down,
and everybody walked in front of it and acted,
and then they all walked off.
Cutting was quite infrequent.
- Bruce Beresford

I didn't get upset because I wasn't nominated,
but I was a little surprised.
- Bruce Beresford

There's a bright spot in every dark cloud.
- Bruce Beresford

At HBO, they seem to be well-informed.
They make what I think are really quite mature films.
- Bruce Beresford

For a director, the most challenging scenes are the dialogue scenes.
- Bruce Beresford

The music of the most popular operas is so highly esteemed,
it can stand endless revivals.
- Bruce Beresford

When the music and the characters are flawlessly synchronized,
the opera develops an emotional force that movies and plays cannot match.
- Bruce Beresford

Quite a few operas are still being commissioned around the world,
although nothing apart from audience popularity can
ensure more than a few performances.
- Bruce Beresford

In opera, everyone's watching from a fixed viewpoint,
and that really challenges you.
Lighting, the sets, stage groupings,
the music-but doesn't relate too much to film.
- Bruce Beresford

On stage, the audience watches from a fixed viewpoint
and the director cannot retake something he doesn't like.
It has to work straight through.
- Bruce Beresford

Directing an opera is similar to directing a play.
The singing must not get in the way of the drama.
- Bruce Beresford

The number of opera houses around the world and the
high attendance rates show that opera an art form that
is more popular than ever.
- Bruce Beresford

With Cold Sassy Tree having its first production,
I saw no necessity to do anything other than produce
it with the correct setting.
- Bruce Beresford

Perhaps the most difficult thing is shooting scenes
set 6,000 feet up in the mountains of Mexico.
- Bruce Beresford

I don't rehearse films as much as opera or theatre.
When I began directing films I thought a long rehearsal was a good idea.
Experience showed me that the best performance was
often left in a rehearsal room.
- Bruce Beresford

Tender Mercies is a very low-budget film,
but it was a huge budget compared to anything I had done in Australia.
My fee for Tender Mercies was something like five times
all of my Australian films combined.
- Bruce Beresford

When we were trying to get the money for Driving Miss Daisy,
everyone kept saying no one could direct it well enough
to entertain an audience for 100 minutes essentially
watching three people chatting in the kitchen.
- Bruce Beresford

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

But in practice Australia - the pluralism of Australia -
sorry the sectarianism to an extent stopped at the
time you took your uniform off after coming home from school.
- Thomas Keneally

You can be tops in Australia and be unheard of everywhere else.
- Barry Gibb

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It is already tomorrow in Australia.
- Charles M. Schulz

Part of my plan was not only to introduce all useful
animals that I possibly could into this part of Australia,
but also the most valuable plants of every description.
- George Grey

We absolutely believed in Heaven and Hell,
Purgatory, and even Limbo.
I mean, they were actually closer to us than Australia or Canada,
that they were real places.
- John McGahern

Because in Australia there really isn't a lot to do.
There aren't a lot of opportunities.
- Radha Mitchell

In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
- Phyllis McGinley

The strongest initiative that government can take to
ensure Australia is prepared for population ageing,
is to maintain a strong economy, and a secure nation.
- Julie Bishop

The Labour Party of today has fits of horrors of the
very thought of somebody like me might saying that
they bought in white Australia.
But I believe they did.
- Colleen McCullough

I am busy touring all over Europe, Japan,
and Australia.
- Suzi Quatro

Once again our cricketers have flattered to deceive in Australia.
- Ted Dexter

People forget that a huge proportion of our jobs still
depend on agricultural production in Australia so of
course there are exports.
That's easily overlooked.
- John Anderson

Who says Australia offers not a home for every poor Englishman,
or any other countryman that finds his way to our shores?
And what sort of thanks do we get for it?
- Henry Lawson

Australia and Canada were settled by adventurers,
they had to break new ground.
I think that is indelibly etched on our cultural spirit.
- Tom Cochrane

I did well as an actor in Australia,
and then Paramount invited me over...
to have a look at me.
- Rod Taylor

This book that I just wrote is going to be coming out very soon to Australia.
- Ronald Biggs

Leaving Australia was the hardest thing I have ever done.
- Barry Gibb

Certainly the Australians were buried in Korea.
But I think that from Vietnam on, all the killed were
brought home to America or to Australia,
in our case.
- Peter Scott

To win in Australia, for me, has to be the ultimate
success because the Aussies live for sport.
- Ian Botham

Way of life in Australia focuses more on the outdoors.
- Thomas Muster

All for Australia and the Empire.
- Joseph Lyons

When I was rising eighteen I persuaded my parents to
let me return to Australia and at least see whether
I could adapt myself to life on the land before going up to Cambridge.
- Patrick White

The wickets I have played on for my whole career,
most of them have been to suit fast bowlers in Australia.
- Shane Warne

And living in Australia I am relatively well off.
- Peter Garrett

I only get to spend about six to eight weeks in Australia
now and I really miss my family and friends.
- Karrie Webb

A collection of huts surrounded by a barbed wire fence,
and in the huts lived 500 of the original inhabitants of our area.
And so it went with many country towns around Australia.
- Phillip Noyce

Australia is about as far away as you can get.
I like that.
- Andre Benjamin

The people of Australia would be staggered to learn
that Australia has no national development plan.
- Lionel K. Murphy

I think we are going to see exciting cricket all the way.
We are watching the two best teams in the world-and
I think England will eventually go on to pip Australia by a single Test.
- Ian Botham

Australia is a huge rest home, where no unwelcome news
is ever wafted on to the pages of the worst newspapers in the world.
- Germaine Greer

Australia as a nation, as a set of cities and some regional centres,
that project died a death and we didn't get it up,
but I still think there's merit in that.
- Susan Oliver

New Zealanders who emigrate to Australia raise the IQ of both countries.
- Robert Muldoon

With just about every player in Australia,
his whole goal and ambition is to play for Australia.
That's why they're playing first class cricket.
It's just a different attitude.
- Shane Warne

I suffer much less than many of my colleagues.
I am perfectly able to go to Australia and film within three hours of arrival.
- David Attenborough

In a way Australia is like Catholicism.
The company is sometimes questionable and the landscape is grotesque.
But you always come back.
- Thomas Keneally

I knew she was from Australia and I knew that is where
she started but I didn't know if she was still popular there.
I hope people understand we aren't making fun of Kylie.
- Wayne Coyne

Since I've been in Playboy myself in Australia,
I love it, and I think it's really empowering and positive towards women,
which is not a view that many women hold.
- Dannii Minogue

My point was that the war was intrinsically wrong,
and as a result of our participation we haven't improved
Australia's security but created a greater danger at home and abroad.
- Bob Hawke

But although Australia was also involved in the Vietnam conflict,
I can remember my dad telling us that if we were in Australia,
we wouldn't be drafted until we were 20.
- Mel Gibson

I had a place in England and was commuting from England to Australia,
which is pretty stupid, but after two years I sort
of knew what I wanted to do,
more or less.
- Diane Cilento

In Japan, Australia, and England there is such a strong youth culture.
- Marc Newson

If I'd been a housemaid I'd have been the best in Australia -
I couldn't help it.
It's got to be perfection for me.
- Nellie Melba


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