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Experience

Experience of currently active producers, directors and writers of Australian documentaries

Next update May 2019


This section looks at the experience of producers, directors and writers who have worked on Australian documentaries shot in the last five years (July 2011 to June 2016). There is a high level of experience in the Australian documentary sector, with between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of currently active documentary producers, writers and directors having five or more credits in those roles.

A high proportion of currently active female documentary makers have multiple credits, with 55 per cent of producers, 57 per cent of directors, and 54 per cent of writers having two or more credits.

Credits of producers, directors and writers who have had at least one Australian documentary credit in the last five years as at June 2016

All

1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 317 47% 95 14% 53 8% 36 5% 172 26% 673
Directors 251 50% 77 15% 40 8% 22 4% 114 23% 504
Writers 229 51% 55 12% 43 10% 23 5% 98 22% 448

Males

1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 166 48% 55 16% 27 8% 13 4% 82 24% 343
Directors 172 53% 46 14% 26 8% 12 4% 67 21% 323
Writers 145 54% 30 11% 22 8% 13 5% 60 22% 270

Females

1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 143 45% 39 12% 25 8% 23 7% 89 28% 319
Directors 75 43% 31 18% 14 8% 10 6% 45 26% 175
Writers 78 46% 24 14% 21 12% 10 6% 37 22% 170

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

Notes:
Gender unknown for 25 people: 11 producers, six directors and eight writers.
Producers, writers and directors are deemed to be ‘currently active’ if they have been credited on at least one Australian documentary 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.

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