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Feature filmmakers

Number and proportion of male and female producers, directors and writers of Australian feature films, 1970–2017

Next update May 2019


Currently active

Based on analysis of 217 feature films shot over the last five years, there are 374 currently active feature film producers in Australia, 231 directors and 307 writers.

Women account for 34 per cent of the producers, 15 per cent of the directors and 22 per cent of the writers.

Number and gender of filmmakers credited in various roles on Australian feature films, 2012/13-2016/17

Men Women Total no.
No. % No. %
Producers 241 64% 127 34% 374
Directors 194 84% 34 15% 231
Writers 235 77% 69 22% 307

Source: Screen Australia credit analysis of  Australian feature films shot between July 2012 and June 2017.

Notes:
Gender unknown for twelve people: six producers, three directors and three writers.
Producers, writers and directors are deemed to be ‘currently active’ if they have been credited on at least one Australian feature film 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 and missing gender data.


Comparison over time

Since 1970, the proportion of women has been highest amongst producers. Over the last 47 years, 365 or 30 per cent of producers of Australian feature films were women, compared to 125 or 16 per cent of directors and 258 or 21 per cent of writers.

The proportion of female producers more than doubled between the 1970s and the 1980s from 8 per cent to 22 per cent, and continued to rise, with women comprising 34 per cent of producers of Australian feature films in the 2000s and the first seven years of the 2010s.

The proportion of female directors increased sharply, from 4 per cent of total feature film directors in the 1970s to 19 per cent in the 1990s. However, the proportion of female directors fell by 1 percentage point between the 1990s and the 2000s and decreased further to 15 per cent in the last seven years.

The proportion of female writers of Australian feature films rose from 10 per cent in the 1970s to 18 per cent in the 1990s, rising again to 20 per cent in the 2000s and further to 24 per cent in the first seven years of the 2010s.

Number and gender of filmmakers credited in various roles on Australian feature films, 1970/71–2016/17

Men Women Total no.
No. % No. %
Producers
1970s 103 88% 9 8% 117
1980s 195 77% 56 22% 253
1990s 207 70% 87 29% 295
2000s 281 65% 147 34% 432
2010s (to 2016/) 301 64% 159 34% 468
Since 1970 834 68% 365 30% 1,219
Directors
1970s 87 95% 4 4% 92
1980s 171 89% 20 10% 192
1990s 160 80% 38 19% 199
2000s 211 81% 47 18% 260
2010s (to 2016/17) 236 83% 44 15% 284
Since 1970 647 83% 125 16% 781
Writers
1970s 115 88% 13 10% 131
1980s 246 81% 52 17% 304
1990s 237 80% 54 18% 296
2000s 290 78% 75 20% 371
2010s (to 2016/17) 297 75% 94 24% 394
Since 1970 953 77% 258 21% 1,234

Source: Screen Australia credit analysis of Australian feature films shot between July 1970 and June 2017.

Notes:
Gender unknown for 52 people: 20 producers, nine directors and 23 writers.
Figures include credits for co-productions but exclude overseas productions made by Australian producers, directors and writers.
Each person counted once only by role and by decade.
Percentages may not total exactly due to rounding and missing gender data.

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