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Feature filmmakers

Number and proportion of male and female producers, directors and writers of Australian feature films, 1970–2015

Next update May 2017


Currently active

Based on analysis of 185 feature films shot over the last five years, there are 326 currently active feature film producers in Australia, 204 directors and 277 writers.

Women account for 33 per cent of the producers, 15 per cent of the directors and 23 per cent of the writers.

Number and gender of filmmakers credited in various roles on Australian feature films, 2010/11–2014/15

  Men Women Total no.
No. % No. %
Producers 212 65% 108 33% 326
Directors 172 84% 30 15% 204
Writers 213 77% 63 23% 277

Source: Screen Australia analysis of credits of theatrically released Australian feature films shot between July 2010 and June 2015.

Notes:
Gender unknown for nine people: six producers, two directors and one writer.
Producers, writers and directors are deemed to be ‘currently active’ if they have been credited on at least one Australian feature film 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 and missing gender data.


Comparison over time

Since 1970, the proportion of women has been highest amongst producers. Over the last 45 years, 322 or 29 per cent of producers of Australian feature films were women, compared to 114 or 16 per cent of directors and 231 or 20 per cent of writers.

The proportion of female producers more than doubled between the 1970s and the 1980s from 8 per cent to 22 per cent, and continued to rise, with women comprising 33 per cent of producers of Australian feature films in the 2000s and the first half of the 2010s.

The proportion of female directors increased sharply, from 4 per cent of total feature film directors in the 1970s to 19 per cent in the 1990s. However, the proportion of female directors fell by 1 percentage point between the 1990s and the 2000s and decreased further to 15 per cent in the last five years.

The proportion of female writers of Australian feature films rose from 10 per cent in the 1970s to 18 per cent in the 1990s, rising again to 20 per cent in the 2000s and further to 23 per cent in the first five years of the 2010s.

Number and gender of filmmakers credited in various roles on Australian feature films, 1970/71–2014/15

  Men Women Total no.
No. % No. %
Producers
1970s 103 88% 9 8% 117
1980s 195 77% 56 22% 253
1990s 207 70% 87 29% 295
2000s 281 63% 148 33% 444
2010s (to 2014/15) 212 65% 108 33% 326
Since 1970 758 69% 322 29% 1,098
Directors
1970s 87 95% 4 4% 92
1980s 171 89% 20 10% 192
1990s 160 80% 38 19% 199
2000s 212 81% 47 18% 261
2010s (to 2014/15) 172 84% 30 15% 201
Since 1970 595 83% 114 16% 716
Writers
1970s 115 88% 13 10% 131
1980s 246 81% 52 17% 304
1990s 237 80% 54 18% 296
2000s 291 78% 75 20% 372
2010s (to 2014/15) 213 77% 63 23% 277
Since 1970 881 78% 231 20% 1,133

Source: Screen Australia analysis of credits of Australian feature films shot between July 1970 and June 2015.

Notes:
Gender unknown for 46 people: 18 producers, seven directors and 21 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 and missing gender data.

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