David Elliot-Smith - Big in Japan
Australian David Elliot-Smith is a writer and filmaker. His first documentary, Convenient Education (2012), looked at the downside of a push in the early 2000s to grow the education-migration market from Asia and how many of the migrating students were victims of exploitation and racism. His second work, Big In Japan, which has just started playing at New Zealand's 13th International Documentary Film Festival (known as Doc Edge) follows Elliot-Smith and two other young Australians as they ship their lives to Tokyo after hearing about the huge demand for foreign talent. They soon embark on a DIY mission to make 'ordinary' Dave Elliot-Smith famous.