Chris has been an Independent Producer since 1983 beginning his career in the UK working with legendary filmmaker Neil Jordan on The Company of Wolves and Mona Lisa. In 1986 Chris produced Absolute Beginners directed by Julien Temple and starring David Bowie. Now an Australian national, Brown moved to Queensland in 2000 at the request of the Queensland Government to help invigorate the local screen industry and formed PICTURES IN PARADISE. In recent years he has produced The Proposition, Daybreakers, Bait 3D and The Railway Man and now has several television projects and feature documentaries in development. In 2004 Chris won Independent Producer of the year from the Australian Screen Producers Association for his contribution to the Australian Film industry and in 2013 won both the Screen Producers award for Best Film and The Australian Exhibitors Award for highest grossing Australian film for that year.
For many years now the horror and genre worldwide box office has been consistently dominated by independently produced films from the USA. Whilst there are many examples, the most notable and consistently best performing of these have been produced by Jason Blum and his company BLUMHOUSE. Their model of low budget filmmaking has seen them achieve staggering success; is there the potential to replicate this model in Australia?
Ready, Steady, Pitch! topic
High-quality, low-budget ($2.5 - $3M) horror and genre projects designed for the international market. Filmmakers need to have a very clear idea of their audience and who they are making the film for. A clear understanding of the market will be crucial to the success of their pitch.