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Activity of producers, directors and writers of Australian feature films, 1970–2015

Next update May 2017


Analysis of the producer, director and writer credits for Australian feature films made in the 45 years from July 1970 to June 2015 reveals that a high proportion of filmmakers made only one title over this period: 71 per cent across the three roles.

Directors were the most likely to have two or more credits at 33 per cent, followed by 31 per cent of producers and 25 per cent of writers.

Number and proportion of producers, directors and writers with one credit or more for Australian feature films made between 1970/71 and 2014/15

All

  1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 753 69% 146 13% 76 7% 49 4% 74 7% 1,098
Directors 479 67% 107 15% 59 8% 29 4% 42 6% 716
Writers 852 75% 146 13% 72 6% 28 2% 35 3% 1,133

Men were more likely than women to have multiple credits as producers, directors and/or writers of Australian feature films.

Between July 1970 and June 2015, 33 per cent of male producers and 29 per cent of female producers made two or more Australian feature films. In the last 45 years, 35 per cent of male directors and 23 per cent of female directors made two or more Australian features.

Writers, both male and female, were the least likely to have two or more Australian feature films credits with 28 per cent of male writers and 15 per cent of female writers having multiple credits.

Males

  1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 507 67% 109 14% 51 7% 33 4% 58 8% 758
Directors 385 65% 91 15% 53 9% 26 4% 40 7% 595
Writers 634 72% 121 14% 68 8% 25 3% 33 4% 881

Females

  1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 229 71% 37 11% 24 7% 16 5% 16 5% 322
Directors 88 77% 16 14% 5 4% 3 3% 2 2% 114
Writers 197 85% 25 11% 4 2% 3 1% 2 1% 231

Source: Screen Australia analysis of credits of theatrically released 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.
Percentages may not total exactly due to rounding.

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