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Activity of producers, directors and writers of Australian feature films, 1970–2017

Next update May 2019


Analysis of the producer, director and writer credits for Australian feature films made in the 47 years from July 1970 to June 2017 reveals that a high proportion of filmmakers made only one title over this period: 70 per cent across the three roles.

Directors were the most likely to have two or more credits at 34 per cent, followed by 32 per cent of producers and 25 per cent of writers.

Number and proportion of producers, directors and writers with one credit or more for Australian feature films made between 1970/71 and 2016/17

All

1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 826 68% 179 15% 79 6% 53 4% 82 7% 1,219
Directors 519 66% 122 16% 64 8% 32 4% 44 6% 781
Writers 927 75% 163 13% 75 6% 30 2% 39 3% 1,234

Men were more likely than women to have multiple credits as producers, directors and/or writers of Australian feature films.

Between July 1970 and June 2017, 34 per cent of male producers and 30 per cent of female producers made two or more Australian feature films. In the last 47 years, 36 per cent of male directors and 22 per cent of female directors made two or more Australian features.

Writers, both male and female, were the least likely to have two or more Australian feature films credits with 28 per cent of male writers and 14 per cent of female writers having multiple credits.

Males

1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 551 66% 129 15% 55 7% 33 4% 66 8% 834
Directors 414 64% 108 17% 54 8% 29 4% 42 6% 647
Writers 683 72% 136 14% 70 7% 28 3% 36 4% 953

Females

1 credit 2 credits 3 credits 4 credits 5+ credits Total no.
No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Producers 256 70% 50 14% 23 6% 20 5% 16 4% 365
Directors 97 78% 14 11% 9 7% 3 2% 2 2% 125
Writers 221 86% 27 10% 5 2% 2 1% 3 1% 258

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.
Percentages may not total exactly due to rounding.

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