Gold Coast’s billion-dollar film industry under threat if internet piracy continues


Gold Coast’s billion-dollar film industry under threat if internet piracy continues
- 16th October 2014

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Russell Crowe was at Jupiters Hotel & Casino yesterday to present a sneak peek of his debut film as a director , ‘The Water Diviner’. Photo Peter Jackson

THE Gold Coast’s billion-dollar film industry will not survive if internet piracy continues its upward march, an industry conference heard yesterday.

Almost a third of Australian adults are now active illegal downloaders, according to new research released at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast.

The findings, commissioned by the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation, shows that more people are stealing, they stealing more often, and at a younger age than they were in 2013.

Actor Jon Jarratt, a 40-year veteran who struck fear into the hearts of millions with Wolf Creek and its sequel, said there would probably be no Wolf Creek 3 — and pirates were to blame.

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Actor John Jarratt and executive director of IP Awareness Foundation Lori Flekser at the Australian International Movie Convention, Jupiters Casino. Photo: Kit Wise

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(Gold Coast Bulletin)