Movies are a complicated collision of literature, theatre, music and all the visual arts.
As director I got to vacuum the crew bedrooms, as producer I carried out the garbage.
My background was art school, documentary director and surfer with a keen interest in thrilling acts of life threatening stupidity.
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.
Movies are usually difficult, often insane, constantly challenging and always strangely amusing to make.
We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing, it's more a business that's out there and running riot, so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff.
Three years after starting, by physically doing everything from raising the finance to special effects, we'd finally cobbled together our low budget film.
All the jokes in my films, the comedy, they're not me, I just try to hold a big mirror up to us.
We (Australians) are kinda crazy and we like to go on these fantastic rides.
We've got so many stories to tell, you know, we could take on the world.
Find your own specific voice in filmmaking and go for it. Either people will get it or they won't and that's what it's all about.
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.
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.
The obsession required to see a feature through from concept to release is not a rational thing to do with your brief time on this planet. Nor is it something to which an intelligent person should aspire.
Now both my films have been number one at the Australian box office and it took about two years just to get the finance for this film, so if it's hard for me then God help everyone else.
The journey of your first movie is not just beyond belief it can be truly beyond satire.
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.
Can you imagine what it would be like if all the Aussie film talent was able to make Australian stories?
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.
In a kind of a way there's a bit of that happening now so we have to be careful to preserve our culture.
It's because we are so flooded with American culture that we're startled when we see ourselves up there on the screen.
So we have to be careful because if you don't protect your culture you won't have it for very long.
Getting your screenplay right is the most important thing you'll ever do on your film.
It's an infinite creative universe to explore so why chase conservative options?