To Go John began in the Forum back bar at the 2004 Melbourne
International Film Festival when a group of local film makers began
to discuss political documentaries that they had recently been inspired
by, films like: Fahrenheit 9/11, Control Room,
The Corporation, The Party's Over and The
The group felt frustrated that there was no Australian equivalent.
produced feature documentary which focused on questionable decisions
and practices committed by those in power working under a banner of
democracy. More specifically the filmmakers were frustrated with the
lack of film review of the current governments decisions and
wanted to see a film that would inspire and empower all Australians
to think about a different future. So they decided to make this film,
they decided to make: Time To Go John.
Soon after the filmmakers met and formulated a way to make the type
of film they themselves wanted to see. Given the election was on the
horizon they had but seven weeks to organise a film and a way for
it to be seen by the people of Australia before they voted at the
polls. It was decided that each film maker involved would produce
a short film and that it would be compiled into one larger film. The
films would be presented by a host and linked together to make a feature
The project included securing cinema releases nationally and additionally
have films available on the website so all those that could not get
to a cinema
for a screening would still have an opportunity to see the film.
As well as the production of the film itself the team of filmmakers
also had to
work out how to self-distribute the film nationally as well as trying
get it screening in marginal seats. The response from many cinemas
was positive and a national premiere secured. In addition, a strategy
was devised to get the film
circulated through special house-party screenings, hosted
by individuals in their homes or at local social clubs. With the motivation
of reaching the widest audience possible it was also decided that
the films should be available for viewing online.
All of this had to be done in seven weeks and with absolutely no budget,
not a cent. With so many things to organise in such a short time fame
many may have shied from the challenge but the collective felt it
would have been un-Australian not to attempt to achieve
a goal they all felt so compelled by.
Time To Go John is a result of the commitment
and passion of the people who contributed to the production of this
film. Thank you to the people involved, to all Aussie battlers dedicated
to a better future. Well done for dreaming up Time
To Go John and delivering as promised.
The film is dedicated to all the people across Australia who dared
to stand up and be counted.