Producer Ross Grayson Bell.
Producer Ross Grayson Bell.

Producer fights for Aussie films

THE producer of one of Hollywood's most ground-breaking movies, Fight Club, will be in Lismore next month in an effort to boost the Australian film industry.

Australian-born Ross Grayson Bell has more than 20 years experience in Los Angeles and London, working with famous identities such as Winona Ryder, Jamie Foxx and Lawrence Bender.

Fight Club was his best known project.

The movie featured superstars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter and told the story of an insomniac and an eccentric soap salesman who meet and start a Fight Club.

Mr Grayson Bell was also the executive producer of Under Suspicion with Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman.

But with the decline of Australian films at the box office, he has returned home and is now head of screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

He is trying to find ways to “shake things up and recapture the glory days”.

That's why he's coming to Lismore next month to host a seminar on how everyone can become part of the solution.

The seminar has been organised by the Queer Fruits Film Festival and its director, Akkadia Ford, said they were “really, really thrilled” that Mr Grayson Bell was coming to town.

“Ross actually contacted us – he came to us – so that was just amazing,” she said.

“It goes to show that our good reputation is getting around.

“We have always had fantastic support from the screen industry.

“Ross is going on a real drive to encourage and promote filmmaking in regional areas.

“That's why he contacted Queer Fruits.

“He will be talking about how we, in a regional area, can participate in Australian filmmaking.

“There are a lot of filmmakers on the Northern Rivers and we need to keep it at the forefront of people's minds.

“We also have to promote Lismore as a cultural tourism destination.”

The seminar with Ross Grayson Bell will be held at the Lismore and District Workers Club on Wednesday, August 10, from 6pm until 8.30pm.

Entry is free, but bookings are essential. Phone 6687 1984 or email

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