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Activity of producers, directors and writers of Australian documentaries, 1988–2016

Next update May 2019


Regardless of sex or role, producers, directors and writers of Australian documentaries between July 1988 and June 2016 were more likely to have multiple credits than makers of feature films.

While there were fewer female documentary makers overall, female producers and directors of Australian documentaries were more likely to have two or more credits than their male counterparts.

In a similar pattern to feature films, documentary writers (both male and female) were the least likely to have two or more credits.

Number and proportion of producers, directors and writers with one credit or more for Australian documentaries made between 1988/89 and 2015/16

All

1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 1,477 58% 399 16% 180 7% 116 5% 354 14% 2,526
Directors 1,267 59% 346 16% 174 8% 94 4% 263 12% 2,144
Writers 1,425 64% 333 15% 163 7% 83 4% 210 9% 2,214

Males

1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 846 59% 232 16% 97 7% 67 5% 199 14% 1,441
Directors 829 60% 205 15% 110 8% 63 5% 181 13% 1,388
Writers 869 63% 205 15% 100 7% 49 4% 146 11% 1,369

Females

1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 590 57% 166 16% 81 8% 49 5% 153 15% 1,039
Directors 417 57% 140 19% 64 9% 31 4% 79 11% 731
Writers 520 65% 125 16% 63 8% 34 4% 63 8% 805

Source: Screen Australia credit analysis of Australian documentaries shot between July 1988 and June 2016.

Notes:
Gender unknown for 111 people: 46 producers, 25 directors and 40 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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