It’s one of the most enduringly popular film franchises of all time.
The iconic characters, the iconic settings, the ever-growing catalog of iconic trailers and the constant churning of blockbuster sequels have helped make it one of Australia’s most successful cultural exports.
It has also made a massive splash in the film industry, and that’s a fact that the ABC’s Peter Dutton has been trying to grasp over the past couple of weeks.
Dutton is one of a handful of Australians who have managed to make it to the top of the industry, with a degree in film studies and an undergraduate degree in political science from Griffith University.
But it wasn’t always that way.
When Dutton was still a student at Griffith, he was offered a position at a film production company called Jigsaw.
His supervisor was the film director of the then-newly-named The Godfather.
Dutton remembers thinking, Wow, I have no idea what to do with myself.
I don’t want to be the person who goes out and just makes films that are essentially religious in nature.
So I got out of film school, I went to work for a producer in Australia, and the job I did was to make the film The Godforsaken, which was the first film that I had ever made.
And I thought, Well, I can do that.
I can write an honest script, and then make it.
I had no real artistic experience, I just had a sense of wanting to make films.
It was a bit of a journey for me, but I think I have come to appreciate the importance of being able to create something of value, of making something of real worth.
My father, an Australian of Jewish heritage, was an early proponent of making films, and he was one of those people who was always keen on the art of filmmaking.
So for him to be able to make his own films, he would make films for people who were poor, and those people would just be grateful.
The idea that you can make a movie with no religious references was one that was always really important to him.
And he wanted his films to have a little bit of that.
He wanted them to be a little more spiritual than anything else, and for me to be honest with you, that was the whole point of The Godmother.
I remember watching it, I was fascinated, I thought it was amazing.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to make The Godparents.
I was expecting to go to the cinema and see the movie I had made, which is probably the best movie ever made about a Jewish woman in a Hollywood film.
I just wanted to see if I could get a film made.
And it was really the first time that I thought I would make a feature film.
In fact, I had just finished making my first feature film, called The Blackbird, and I went down to London to meet with some of my producers and film agents.
They had this huge screen at the back of the cinema, and it was so big that I couldn’t see the entire screen.
So they made me sit down, and they showed me all the other films they had on the screen, and some of them were so good, and so important, that I was like, I’m not making a film about these other films.
I’m going to make this film about myself.
And I remember thinking, OK, I’ve made my first film about me.
I think it’s pretty amazing.