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Activity of producers, directors and writers of Australian documentaries, 1988–2015

Next update May 2017


Regardless of sex or role, producers, directors and writers of Australian documentaries between July 1988 and June 2015 were more likely to have multiple credits than makers of feature films.

While there were fewer female documentary makers overall, female producers and directors of Australian documentaries were more likely to have two or more credits than their male counterparts.

In a similar pattern to feature films, documentary writers (both male and female) were the least likely to have two or more credits.

Number and proportion of producers, directors and writers with one credit or more for Australian documentaries made between 1988/89 and 2014/15

All

  1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 1,378 58% 374 16% 186 8% 118 5% 335 14% 2,391
Directors 1,199 58% 333 16% 172 8% 88 4% 258 13% 2,050
Writers 1,376 64% 329 15% 160 7% 82 4% 201 9% 2,148

Males

  1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 796 58% 222 16% 96 7% 70 5% 190 14% 1,374
Directors 781 59% 198 15% 108 8% 58 4% 178 13% 1,323
Writers 830 63% 204 15% 97 7% 48 4% 142 11% 1,321

Females

  1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 540 56% 150 15% 88 9% 48 5% 143 15% 969
Directors 398 57% 133 19% 64 9% 30 4% 76 11% 701
Writers 510 65% 122 16% 63 8% 33 4% 58 7% 786

Source: Screen Australia analysis of credits of theatrically released and television broadcast Australian documentaries shot between July 1988 and June 2015.

Notes:
Gender unknown for 115 people: 48 producers, 26 directors and 41 writers.
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.

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