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Feature film production Spend by state

Share of expenditure in Australia by feature films in each state, for films shot 1998/99–2014/15

Next update March 2017

In the 17 years to 2014/15, NSW accounted for 52 per cent of the total feature film production slate (as measured by expenditure in Australia by foreign and Australian features) at over $2.6 billion, followed by Queensland (24 per cent), Victoria (17 per cent) and South Australia (5 per cent). In 2005/06, the NSW share of the slate dropped to 28 per cent due to the lack of significant activity by foreign features (up until then, more than half of the NSW share came from foreign features), but returned to 54 per cent in 2006/07, due largely to the local feature Australia, which started shooting in that year. The high level of expenditure in NSW recorded for 2008/09 (77 per cent) was principally due to two high-budget Australian titles, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole and Happy Feet Two. The NSW share dropped further in 2009/10, to 17 per cent, with all significant foreign activity taking place in Queensland and Victoria that year. The NSW share has been on the rise over the last three years, with local productions such as The Great Gatsby (2011/12), Mad Max: Fury Road (2012/13) and Gods of Egypt and The Blinky Bill Movie (2013/14) accounting for the majority of expenditure.

Foreign feature activity tends to impact on Queensland’s share of expenditure each year. In 2012/13, its share dropped to 4 per cent, following higher levels in 2009/10 and 2010/11 principally due to the contribution of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2009/10) and co-productions Bait and Singularity (2010/11). US titles, San Andreas and Unbroken, were the major contributors to expenditure in 2013/14, while Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales accounted for a significant proportion of the 44 per cent expenditure in 2014/15.

South Australia’s share reached a peak at 14 per cent in 2005/06, primarily due to domestic feature activity, with titles such as December Boys, Lucky Miles and Dr. Plonk shooting there that year. Foreign PDV-only activity is an area where South Australia has been able to consistently compete with its more populous counterparts. In 2010/11, the majority of spend in South Australia could be attributed to foreign PDV-only activity, with work on the following titles taking place in the state: Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows: Parts 1 and 2, Green Lantern and Terminator Salvation. In 2013/14, South Australia’s 10 per cent share was mainly related to domestic features The Water Diviner and Gods of Egypt.

For titles lists by state, see under Drama production overview > Activity summary.

Share of expenditure on feature films by state, 1998/99–2014/15

Graph: Feature film production spend by state, 1998/99–2014/15. Table below has the data.

Figures preceded by '+' are for foreign productions undertaking only PDV work in Australia.

  Expenditure in Australia on feature films ($m)
NSW Qld Vic SA Other1
% share 52% 24% 17% 5% 3%
1998/99 161 18 20 16 0
1999/00 179 5 12 7 n.a.
2000/01 120 49 27 15 5
2001/02 204 70 58 9 1
2002/03 23 169 19 8 6
2003/04 371 40 31 8 <1
2004/05 157 63 106 23 2
2005/06 38 31 44 18 n.a.
2006/07 184 (+3) 84 (+0) 54 (+2) 6 (+5) 11 (+0)
2007/08 122 (+3) 84 (+0) 51 (+1) 13 (+8) 8 (+0)
2008/09 295 (+4) 8 (+0) 42 (+<1) 18 (+14) 7 (+0)
2009/10 67 (+8) 201 (+0) 142 (+1) 21 (+1) 12 (+0)
2010/11 84 38 25 17 7
2011/12 249 35 81 16 13
2012/13 250 16 39 40 19
2013/14 223 110 102 48 17
2014/15 205 226 63 5 19
  Share of expenditure in Australia on feature films (%)
NSW Qld Vic SA Other1
1998/99 75% 8% 9% 7% 0%
1999/00 87% 3% 6% 3% n.a.
2000/01 55% 23% 12% 7% 2%
2001/02 60% 20% 17% 3% <1%
2002/03 10% 75% 9% 3% 3%
2003/04 82% 9% 7% 2% <1%
2004/05 45% 18% 30% 7% 1%
2005/06 28% 23% 33% 14% n.a.
2006/07 53% (+<1%) 24% 15% (+<1%) 2% (+<1%) 3%
2007/08 42% (+1%) 29% 18% (+<1%) 4% (+3%) 3%
2008/09 76% (+1%) 2% 11% (+<1%) 5% (+4%) 2%
2009/10 15% (+2%) 44% 31% (+<1%) 5% (+<1%) 3%
2010/11 49% 22% 15% 10% 4%
2011/12 63% 9% 20% 4% 3%
2012/13 69% 4% 11% 11% 5%
2013/14 45% 22% 20% 10% 3%
2014/15 40% 44% 12% 1% 4%

Source Screen Australia.

Notes:
Includes Australian productions (both domestic and co-productions) and foreign productions shot here. Figures preceded by '+' are for foreign productions undertaking only PDV work in Australia. Foreign productions undertaking only PDV in Australia have been included since 2006/07. Foreign shoot and PDV-only figures have been combined from 2010/11 onwards due to confidentiality reasons.
Based on location spending.
Figures are updated on an ongoing basis therefore there may be some discrepancies with previously published data.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Figures for Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and ACT are combined for confidentiality reasons.

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