Deputy Premier Kevin Foley will knock on Hollywood's door and drum up business for our ailing film industry this month when he leads a South Australian invasion of the U.S.
The Treasurer, who leaves tomorrow, will join hundreds of high-profile Australians, including Kylie Minogue, Terri and Bindi Irwin and Olivia Newton John, for G'Day USA - Australia Week 2008.
He has meetings scheduled with Warner Bros and Walt Disney film executives to promote interest in film production in SA, which has slumped. "In particular on this trip, we have a large contingent of business people and people from the South Australian Film Corporation," Mr Foley said.
"Our niche as a film state is clearly in areas such as post-production and some of the more specialised services to the film sector."
South Australian film, music, food and wine will be promoted to millions of Americans.
The trip is expected to expose SA services and products to more than 100 million people.
Mr Foley will have meetings with economists to be briefed about the state of the U.S. economy. He also will discuss South Australian innovations in energy.
Australian culture will be on show at events in Los Angeles and New York. Representatives from South Australian companies and artists including Rising Sun Pictures, Etype Jazz, Beerenberg, Burra Creek Wines, Orgo Products, Nardone Wines and Pendleton Estate Olive Oil will accompany Mr Foley. Maggie Beer and Coopers products will be on display.If Mr Rann can't swing a trip like this for himself, does this mean he's on the way out?
Mr Foley's public persona suggests that he is no cinephile or gastronome, yet his reputation suggests that he can at least make some claim to possessing a first hand knowledge of beer, which should give some credibility to his promotion of Coopers products, provided that they weren't what he had in mind when he spoke on the record of "poofter beer".
Perhaps while he's in Hollywood Mr Foley will be auditioning for the Sir Les Patterson part in a movie designed to revive the moribund SA film industry. His hair's not quite grey enough and his teeth insufficiently snaggled, but in most other respects he fits the part admirably.