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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Overall Australian film and television production up

Media release
2 December 2008
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The value of Australia’s film and television drama production for 2007-08 overall was up 7 percent on the previous year according to a Screen Australia report released today.

Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett said the annual national survey of feature film and television drama production is a good indicator for the state and strength of the film and television industry.

“The survey finds that, in the 2007–08 financial year, expenditure on film and television drama production in Australia was $675 million, up from last year’s $630 million,” Mr Garrett said.

“Forty-one features and 700 hours of television drama were produced, including Australian, co-production and foreign titles.

The Screen Australia survey tracked the production of feature films and television drama series/serials, mini-series and telemovies.

Expenditure on television drama, at $256 million, was slightly up on last year’s $253 million and above the five-year average of $223 million.

“It is pleasing to see that Australian and co-production television drama continues to grow. Clearly Australians like watching good Australian stories and the success of series such as Packed to the Rafters and City Homicide are evidence of this,” Mr Garrett said.

While it is too early to assess the impact of the Film Producer Offset on production levels longer term, early signs look promising.

“It is also encouraging to see that foreign filmmakers are increasingly utilising Australian expertise in post, digital and visual (PDV) effects. The value of (PDV)-only production increased from $9 million to $13 million.”

“I am delighted that high-quality, big-budget foreign productions such as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ television production The Pacific, with an Australian spend of $134 million, are being attracted to our shores.

Australian feature film production, including co-productions, with 34 films and a production spend of $168 million, was well down on 2006–07’s $234 million spend. However, this is mostly because the production expenditure statistic for the film Australia was included in the 2006–07 statistics.

The survey is available at www.screenaustralia.gov.au 

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