-Who is Annamaria Talas?
I am a Transylvanian born science documentary filmmaker, a Hungarian living in Sydney, Australia.
After finishing university I became a high school teacher, teaching biology, geography and philosophy. I was given the opportunity to teach freely and used that freedom to introduce my students to the intricate ways of how the world works. It was a lot less about lexical knowledge and much more about connections.
-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
As much as I loved teaching, I saw a great opportunity in broadcast television by extending the classroom first to my country and later internationally.The medium was the inspiration and not just because it’s potential of reaching the minds and hearts of many millions but because of the powerful toolkit we get to work with: sound, vision, colours, moods, pacing, music, effects. Before becoming a dedicated science communicator, I saw myself becoming a painter or a designer. By making science films, in a way I get to live in both worlds.
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?
I love cinema. It can be magical. You walk into a movie theatre, you watch a film and if the film was doing its job, you come as a better person. So, yes, movies have the power of changing the world.
-What would you change in the world?
I would like to see a world where cooperation prevails, where we are driven by the desire of understanding each other, society and nature. A world, where young people don’t have to think twice about bringing children into. A world without out of fear of ecological and economical disasters. A world without war.
-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
The future is stubbornly unpredictable. But one thing is sure, AI will have a huge impact for our industry as well. It will be both good and bad.
“I would like to see a world where cooperation prevails.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Annamaria Talas
2023 June 18