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Arts and Public Life Breakfast 'You know everything about me and nothing about me.'
Noni’s message to Simon Crean
The National Cultural Policy draft recently released by the Federal Arts Minister states that
it is time for a new phase of policy development designed to bring the arts and creative industries into the mainstream of Australian life.... based on an understanding that a creative nation produces a more inclusive society, and a more expressive and confident citizenry, by encouraging our ability to express, describe and share our diverse experiences with each other and the world.
But the mainstream of Australian life has a limited view of artists and the expressive and confident citizenry is dominated by aggressive voices that engender exclusion and encourage mediocrity. The role of the actor is to remind us that we are, at heart, all the same, and the art lies in touching our hearts and reminding us of our essential humanity. But with little understanding of, or respect for, what actors can do, the mainstream will continue to be fed only reasonable theatre, reasonable films and barely reasonable television.
It’s time to recognise and challenge these prevailing prejudices—about actors and about each other. You have no idea what I can do. You might think you know me, but you don’t.