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Documentary filmmakers

Number and proportion of male and female producers, directors and writers of Australian documentaries, 1988–2015

Next update May 2017


Currently active

Based on analysis of 923 documentaries shot over the past five years, there are 575 currently active producers in Australia, 439 directors and 412 writers.

Women account for 46 per cent of the producers, 34 per cent of the directors and 38 per cent of the writers.

Number and sex of filmmakers credited in various roles on Australian documentaries, 2010/11–2014/15.

  Men Women Total no.
No. % No. %
Producers 298 52% 264 46% 575
Directors 283 64% 149 34% 439
Writers 247 60% 157 38% 412

Source: Screen Australia analysis of credits of theatrically released and television broadcast Australian documentaries shot between July 2010 and June 2015.

Notes:
Gender unknown for 28 people: 13 producers, seven directors and eight writers.
Producers, writers and directors are deemed to be ‘currently active’ if they have been credited on at least one Australian documentary in the last five years.
Figures include credits for co-productions but exclude overseas productions made by Australian producers, directors and writers.
Percentages may not total exactly due to rounding.


Comparison over time

The proportion of female producers of Australian documentaries has risen each decade, from 39 per cent in the 1990s to 44 per cent in the 2000s and 46 per cent in the first half of the 2010s.

The proportion of female directors of Australian documentaries rose from 33 per cent in the 1990s to 36 per cent in the 2000s, however decreased slightly to 34 per cent in the first half of the 2010s.The total number of female directors of Australian documentaries fell between the 1990s and the 2000s, from 339 to 316.

The proportion of female writers of Australian documentaries has risen each decade from 36 per cent in the 1990s to 37 per cent in the 2000s and furthermore to 38 per cent in the first half of the 2010s. The total number of female writers of Australian documentaries fell between the 1990s and the 2000s, from 410 to 323.

Number and sex of filmmakers credited in various roles on Australian documentaries, 1990/91–2014/15

  Men Women Total no.
No. % No. %
Producers
1990s 705 59% 464 39% 1,187
2000s 572 54% 469 44% 1,058
2010s (to 2014/15) 298 52% 264 46% 575
Since 1990 1,258 57% 923 41% 2,226
Directors
1990s 678 66% 339 33% 1,024
2000s 536 62% 316 36% 867
2010s (to 2014/15) 283 64% 149 34% 439
Since 1990 1,209 64% 643 34% 1,875
Writers
1990s 699 62% 410 36% 1,126
2000s 544 62% 323 37% 878
2010s (to 2014/15) 247 60% 157 38% 412
Since 1990 1,218 61% 733 37% 1,984

Source: Screen Australia analysis of credits of theatrically released and television broadcast Australian documentaries shot between July 1990 and June 2015.

Notes:
Gender unknown for 101 people: 45 producers, 23 directors and 33 writers.
Figures include credits for co-productions but exclude overseas productions made by Australian producers, directors and writers.
Each person counted once only by role and by decade.
Percentages may not total exactly due to rounding.

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