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‘Filmmakers have social responsibilities'

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Australian film director David Bradbury
Australian film director David Bradbury

Filmmakers have serious social responsibilities, Australian film director David Bradbury has said. He is here to attend the Vibgyor International Film Festival. On February 24, he will conduct here a workshop on filmmaking.

‘Art for humanity'

“Art is for humanity. It should mirror and save the world,” he told The Hindu . He has been making documentaries that explore and expose political oppression and environmental vandalism. His intention has been to bring to light the malicious motives of administrators and other forces. His latest documentary, On Borrowed Times , sheds light into the personal and professional life of his friend, Australian filmmaker Paul Cox. It was made when Cox was diagnosed with cancer.

“The film is on being an artist in today's world, a search for the meaning of life and mortality. Cox's films have a passion for life and eroticism in a healthy, respectable way. I am no puritan. But filmmakers should introspect on the values that inspire them.” On Borrowed Times is also about mortality. “If a friend dies when we are young, we quickly move on to the next phase of life. But when you turn 50, you start seeing the light at the other end of the tunnel,” he said.

Hollywood & Bollywood

He mused on the age-old tussle on the purpose of art. “Filmmakers have an important responsibility to society. Hollywood and Bollywood are alike in using every possible element – by depicting woman's bodies, sex and violence - to pull the audience to the cinema house. Films show men seeking women as sex objects and, women seeking men for fulfilling their economic and social needs.”

He called for re-evaluation of the status of the artiste in today's profit-driven world.

Bradbury's films include A Hard Rain , Raul the Terrible , Blowin' in the Wind and Fond Memories of Cuba .

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