"If government and media and all of us in the Australian tribe got together, and the rock industry, we’d just be the greatest cultural force the world has ever seen – we’re such an amazing race."
"Then if your movie clicks with real audiences, you’ll be sucked into some sort of Hollywood orbit. It’s a devil of a place where the only religion that really counts is box office."
"We cheer everyone who goes off to Hollywood and tells American stories but telling Australian stories is the greatest thing you can do."
"We’ve got so many stories to tell, you know, we could take on the world."
"I kind of worry about that a little bit – we lost our film culture for 30 years because the Americans came in and bought up all the cinema chains and wouldn’t show any Australian films."
"The American formula things are out there but they don’t have any stories to tell – we have all the stories to tell – but they’re all formula."
"You go overseas and people are oppressed and scared and worried but we’re not like that… we’re more like my films and how people come out at the end of seeing them – they feel good."
"When you come out of the storms and sub-zero temperatures into a tiny yurt, there’s a sense that family love and care is the most important thing in the world."
"What drew me to Kazakhstan was a curiosity to learn about life in this ‘middle earth’ of steppe between the endless forests of Russia in the north and the world’s greatest mountain chains to the south."
"We can see every square metre of the planet on Google Earth. But there is no substitute for that sensory experience of going out into the world and discovering things for yourself."