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The Drama Report 2014/15

The Drama Report 2014/15 covers the production of feature films and TV drama programs (mini-series, telemovies and series/serials) by financial year.

It reports on the operation of the Producer Offset tax rebate for domestic Australian projects and official co-productions, incorporating data gathered through surveys and publicly available sources to give a comprehensive view of drama production activity in Australia and the Offset's contribution to the annual slate. Data is presented for the past five years, 2010/11 to 2014/15.

Foreign titles are included if they are shot (or substantially shot) in Australia, or carry out post, digital or visual effects (PDV) work in Australia without shooting here.

OVERVIEW

Drama expenditure in Australia

  • Total expenditure in Australia by the 2014/15 drama slate was $837 million, down by just one per cent on last year.
  • Foreign activity accounted for expenditure in Australia of $418 million in 2014/15, a record high, predominantly due to location shooting for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie and PDV activity on two movies in the LEGO® franchise. Five foreign features and one foreign TV drama started shooting in Australia during the year, and ten foreign projects (including one TV drama) undertook PDV in Australia without shooting here.

  • Australian TV drama expenditure decreased by 13 per cent on last year with drama for adults dropping back from recent record levels. Expenditure by the children’s TV drama titles – both domestic and co-production – increased.
  • Australian feature production expenditure totalled $121 million on 35 films, down from last year's $297 million on 35 films. No high-budget US studio-financed domestic films started shooting this year, but the core Australian slate remained steady.

Expenditure by location

  • Of total 2014/15 drama expenditure, 38 per cent occurred in NSW and 28 per cent each in Queensland and Victoria.

See the statistics section of the Screen Australia website for details and for pre-2010/11 data.

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