"The theatre release of Turkey Shoot in late 2014 in Australia, was very token and it was really to satisfy a few conditions of the film's financing," Hewitt tells WEN.
"It is a different world now from the 90's, says Hewitt. "There are more people going to see less films in cinemas. They will go and see George Miller's Mad Max. I can understand people going to see Mad Max, but most people won't go to a theatre to see a movie like Turkey Shoot; they will wait until it is on iTunes."
"We obviously make the films to play in a theatre, and I think for me the theatrical life of all films can have a relative theatrical life, but it is in special event screenings like film festivals and Q&A's where you focus a lot of your potential audience into one or two screenings. With Turkey Shoot we had 800 people in the cinema and that was a really cool experience. That would have been the biggest audience to see Turkey Shoot."
"I still make a film to play on the big canvas. I like the big screen because I know films will have an international festival life around the world and hundreds of people, if you are lucky hundreds of people will gather together to watch the movie so there is nothing better than watching a film in a cinema on a big screen. That's great, but I still make my films so they can deliver the goods in that environment, but probably budgetary wise, all my films have been relatively inexpensive, some still cost an obscene amount of money, but I like to work in the low budget area where we get a lot of freedom to do what we like, to cast who you like, and do what we like. That's what I want to get out of film making. I was never in it for the money. If I wanted to make money I would have been a lawyer or a used car salesman or something. Making films is something I have to do."
The original Turkey Shoot was also released as Escape 2000 and Blood Camp Thatcher and was classified as part of the Ozploitation movement of the 80's. It went on to become one of the highest grossing Australian movies in the US Box Office.
"I watch reality television and what I see are people dying for entertainment. The news media have the franchise of life and death on television, with people watching war, watching people getting decapitated, shot, and blown-up live on live-TV. It poses the questions, what countries are benefiting from these wars, or are the wars just the façade of news media to benefit Google through YouTube and CNN?"