A born and bred North-Hobartian, John has loved and supported the State Cinema since he was a young boy. So much so he decided to buy it in 2002 from the Australian Film Institute, and has since transformed this former fledgling one-screen picture house into a vibrant eight screen art-house complex and Australia’s best independent cinema.
Utilising the latest digital technology and embarking on an ambitious building and restoration campaign, the historic State Cinema has been restored to its former glory days. Now we are all spoilt with a regular smorgasbord of quality international, Australian and local films combined with festivals and community events.
John has been involved in the MyState Student Film Festival for 14 years and played a key role in getting it off the ground and onto the big screen. With over 1300 films and nearly 9000 students taking part since that time, we are very grateful for John’s contribution.
Interview with John Kelly:
I thought it might be enticing to Island State, as I was asking for a loan to purchase the State – I guess you could call this begging for money
Definitely more sophisticated on the technical side
I enjoy engaging in the local film industry at all levels
It’s all about being entertained – a combination of great storytelling with good technical work
Total immersion, all in one go, solo, writing notes and with a big fat glass of red wine
Seeing the progression in quality and participation rate
Sean Penn’s Into the Wild
The Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki produces the most beautiful animations that hold not only children but their parents from start to finish