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4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (First Edition)  
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Contents >> Film and Television Production

FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION

According to the AFC National Survey of Feature Films and Television Production there were 27 Australian and co-production feature films produced in Australia in 2006-07. This was just above the five year average of 25 films.

The value of production activity (as measured by budget expenditure in Australia) in 2006-07 increased significantly to $231 million, well above the 2005-06 figure of $112 million and the five-year average of $140 million. This increase was due principally to high-budget Australian feature films.

There were 24 Australian features with total budgets of $218 million in 2006-07, significantly higher than the five-year average of $130 million but similar to 2003-04.

16.13 AUSTRALIAN AND CO-PRODUCTION: FEATURE FILMS, Production activity - 2002-03 to 2006-07

Australia(a)
Co-production(b)
Total
No.
Spend in Aust.
No.
Spend in Aust.
No.
Spend in Aust.
$m
$m
$m

2002-03
17
49
np
14
19
63
2003-04
21
196
np
5
22
201
2004-05
24
66
3
27
27
93
2005-06
29
100
3
13
32
112
2006-07
24
212
3
19
27
231
5-year average
23
124
2
16
25
140

np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Productions under Australian creative control.
(b) Official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control. i.e. with a mix of Australians and forigners in key creative positions.
Source: Australian Film Commission, National Survey of Feature Film and Television Production, 2006-07, www.afc.gov.au


According to the AFC National Survey of Feature Films and Television Production, the value of Australian and co-production TV drama as measured by budget expenditure in Australia, increased in 2006-07 to $253 million, up on $205 million in 2005-06 and above the five-year average of $217 million. Hours produced also increased to 615 hours in 2006-07 on the 583 hours produced in 2005-06 and just below the five-year average of 623 hours.

The overall increase was due to Australian adult TV drama, specifically series and mini-series.

16.14 AUSTRALIAN AND CO-PRODUCTION OF TV DRAMA - 2002-03 to 2006-07(a)

Australia(b)
Co-production(c)
Total
No.
Hours prod- uced(d)
Spend in Aust.
No.
Hours prod- uced(d)
Spend in Aust.
No.
Hours prod- uced(d)
Spend in Aust.
$m
$m
$m

2002-03
38
639
214
4
35
12
42
673
225
2003-04
36
583
189
3
39
10
39
622
199
2004-05
29
588
189
4
32
13
33
620
202
2005-06
35
516
182
7
67
23
42
583
205
2006-07
41
581
242
4
34
11
45
615
253
5-year average
36
581
203
4
41
14
40
623
217

(a) The year of production is the year in which principal photography commenced.
(b) Productions under Australian creative control.
(c) Official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, ie with a mix of Australians and foreigners in key creative positions.
(d) Duration has been rounded to 15, 30 or 60 minutes as appropriate, eg 13 x 60 mins (including commercial breaks). ‘Hours' therefore refers to ‘commercial broadcast hours' rather than actual running time.
Source: Australian Film Commission, National Survey of Feature Film and Television Drama Production, 2006-07, www.afc.gov.au


More information is available from the Australian Film Commission website www.afc.gov.au.


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