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Experience

Experience of currently active producers, directors and writers of Australian documentaries

Next update May 2017


This section looks at the experience of producers, directors and writers who have worked on Australian documentaries shot in the last five years (July 2010 to June 2015). There is a high level of experience in the Australian documentary sector, with between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of currently active documentary producers, writers and directors having five or more credits in those roles.

A high proportion of currently active female documentary makers have multiple credits, with 61 per cent of producers and directors, and 56 per cent of writers having two or more credits.

Credits of producers, directors and writers who have had at least one Australian documentary credit in the last five years as at June 2015

All

  1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 243 42% 76 13% 58 10% 38 7% 160 28% 575
Directors 202 46% 68 15% 42 10% 15 3% 112 26% 439
Writers 199 48% 60 15% 42 10% 20 5% 91 22% 412

Males

  1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 129 43% 50 17% 26 9% 16 5% 77 26% 298
Directors 141 50% 41 14% 27 10% 6 2% 68 24% 283
Writers 124 50% 33 13% 21 9% 10 4% 59 24% 247

Females

  1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 104 39% 25 9% 31 12% 22 8% 82 31% 264
Directors 58 39% 26 17% 15 10% 9 6% 41 28% 149
Writers 69 44% 26 17% 21 13% 10 6% 31 20% 157

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 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.

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