Letter to the Editor: David Elfick

After reading “Hollywood gets in the foot in the Cannes d’or” in Variety April 23-29, I felt that an Australian response was necessary.

What constitutes the definition of country of origin when a film competes in Cannes? According to Variety, “Moulin Rouge” is a U.S. film. “Moulin Rouge” was

1. Shot in Sydney, Australia at the Fox lot, a piece of prime real estate generously provided to the American media giant by the New South Wales State Government.

2. Baz Luhrmann, the director, is Australian.

3. Nicole Kidman, the star, is Australian.

4. Martin Brown, the producer, is Australian.

5. The production designer, director of photography and key creative heads were all Australians, as were a large proportion of the cast.

But the finance came from the U.S., and the film will be marketed by an American company worldwide.

So from this are we to assume that the definition of the country of origin is the source of finance from the majority investor?

While your article has a subheading “Brits, Aussies, absent” I would expect that there would be a few Australians there at the opening night of “Moulin Rouge.”

After all, they did create the product.

David Elfick,

Palm Beach Pictures