4172.0 - Arts and Culture in Australia: A Statistical Overview, 2008 (First Edition)  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/05/2008   
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The survey of Film and Video Production and Distribution collected information on businesses mainly engaged in the production and distribution of motion pictures on film or video tape for theatre or television projection. According to this survey, there were 1,975 businesses engaged in Film and video production and 58 businesses involved in Film and video distribution in June 2000.

The survey of Television, Film and Video Production found that in June 2003 the number of businesses operating in the Film and video production industry had increased by 199 to 2,174 organisations.

The census of the Motion Picture Exhibition Industry found 173 businesses operating a total of 326 cinema sites and 17 drive-in sites in June 2000. While the number of motion picture exhibition businesses in Australia declined from 188 to 173 since the last census was conducted in June 1997, the number of cinema screens increased from 1,050 to 1,513 (up by 44%). This growth was primarily due to the introduction of 'megaplex' sites (i.e. cinema sites with 14 or more screens). By comparison, during the same period, the number of drive-in theatre sites and screens fell from 28 to 17 and 36 to 27 respectively.

The survey of the Video Hire Industry collected information on businesses mainly engaged in hiring pre-recorded video cassettes for personal use, and identified 1,166 video hire businesses operating a total of 1,615 outlets as at June 2000.

Data from the Australian Film Commission show that in 2006, 9% of the films screened in Australian cinemas were of Australian origin. By comparison, 55% of the films screened originated in the United States of America.

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