Top Five Independent Film Quotes

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

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  1. “God loves you just the way you are. But He loves you too much to let you stay that way” Ashley – Junebug

2.      “Adam, his mother, and his father were a family of talking raccoons that lived in the middle of New York City. They didn’t really belong there, but there they were.” Beth Buchwald – Adam

3. “There’s not a lot that I am good at. But I’m good at getting guys to want me. Not date me, or marry me, but want me. “Rose Lorkowski – Sunshine Cleaning

4. “I’ve always wanted to have a phone call with somebody who doesn’t talk.” Oliver – Beginners

 5. “Tell me Driss, why do you think people are interested in art?” Phillipe – Untouchable

 

Top 5: Indie films that you didn’t know were indie

  1. Grosse Pointe Blank – One of my favourite films from my youth. John Cusack plays an assassin attending his ten year high school reunion…standard stuff really…funny witty satire of his late 80s/early 90s cool school hero image.
  2. Memento – An epic film. Val Kilmer plays Leonard Shelby an ex-insurance investigator trying to find who murdered his wife but who is unable to form new memories. Two story lines play out one unfolding forward and one backwards which slowly uncovers the awesome twist.
  3. The Usual Suspects – Beautifully acted, engrossing plot, and another impressive twist. This film is pure class from start to finish. It has one of the most memorable dialogues of any film to date.
  4. Mad Max – Yes Mad Max was an indie film. George Miller, a medical doctor, teamed up with an amateur filmmaker Bryan Kennedy and first time screen writer James McCausland to create one of the most recognisable franchises that has ever been created. They took a budget of AUS$300,000 and it turned into a box office gross of $100,000,000.00
  5. Terminator – A shoestring budget, an inexperienced director and unknown lead actor. Under the exterior of special effects this film screams indie. James Cameron, on the verge of being fired from a terrible film about killer piranhas brings to life a vivid nightmare he had about an unstoppable metal assassin. Thus a new genre, iconic one-liners and some of the most memorable characters are born… not bad James.

Note From the Editor

The term independent has many connotations; in most respects it is a positive notion signifying freedom, self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Independent thinkers provide new perspectives and are not obliged to abide their concepts to correspond to any political or financial influences. We trust independent bodies to scrutinize those who we have entrusted with power. Nations who do not have independence fight for it and for some of those who have received it become defined by it. It would seem no matter the context independence is a valuable commodity.

This is not so true in the world of film; though independent films make up a huge array of our favourites (whether we know it or not) the stigma seems to be that of a negative one. Looking at the defining factors of what makes an independent film illustrates this point, they are:

 

  • Has to be made outside of the established studio system
  • Little known Director
  • Shoestring budget
  • Unconventional plots/characters
  • Usually attract small audiences
  • Little access to prime distribution

 

All of these points seemingly have negative implications the last two especially; but the first four points I think can actually equate to an amazing film. These restrictions force those involved to be innovative and adapt to make use of all of the limited resources they have. They cannot rely on special effects, cameos, amazing location or fancy props; they have to rely on hard work and talent. This is where real original talent can shine break through performances can be made. I am sick of the eye cancer inducing filth like Jack and Jill polluting our screens… and the budget for that monstrosity… $80 million. I understand all Sandler is trying to do is make us for our worries for 90 minutes; I just wish he would do that by be funny and not destroying the brain cells that we have all come to love.

 

There is another world out there, with interesting, realistic and beautifully portrayed films. They have class and character they are unusual and charismatic, they will make you think and stay with you long after you have seen them. They have what the big hitters have lost; excitement, charm and a timeless quality, they are the classics we will remember years.