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Drama production
Activity summary
spend by state

Next update March 2018

Overall, NSW has accounted for around half of all drama production spending since 1994/95. This fluctuates according to the level of major expenditure by foreign or high-budget local productions in any given year.

The largest proportion of drama production activity in 2015/16 occurred in NSW (55 per cent), with a boost from foreign films Alien: Covenant (US) and Big Daddy (India) as well as local films, Hacksaw Ridge and Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child. There was also a strong TV drama presence in the State with titles such as Doctor Doctor and returning seasons of Home and Away, A Place to Call Home and Top of the Lake: China Girl.

Victoria has fairly consistently accounted for around 20-30 per cent of drama spending, with fluctuations mainly caused by foreign productions. Victorian activity contributed 26 per cent of total production expenditure in 2015/16. This was driven by PDV-only activity for US titles, including Doctor Strange, Ghostbusters, Underworld: Blood Wars and Games of Thrones series 6 along with both shoot and post for US TV drama Hunters.

Queensland’s slate is considerably affected by the presence of foreign productions, which usually account for a substantial proportion of total expenditure in the state on an annual basis. Queensland had the third largest share (12 per cent) in 2015/16,. Titles shot and/or post-produced in the state included two US films, Kong: Skull Island and The Shallows, co-production as well as domestic features, Nest and Jungle respectively as well as TV dramas Wanted and Paul Hogan.

South Australia’s share of drama expenditure was fairly steady from 2006/07–2011/12, after peaking in 2005/06. Activity in South Australia is predominantly in the local slate, with annual production of McLeod’s Daughters between 2000/01 and 2007/08 supplemented by local features such as December Boys and Lucky Miles in 2005/06. Expenditure increased slightly on last year with production on Stan’s Wolf Creek series and domestic features Bad Blood and Boys in the Trees, along with foreign PDV-only work on X-Men Apocalypse and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage and Games of Thrones series 6.

Expenditure in Western Australia is mainly related to the local and co-production slate, with children’s productions comprising a significant proportion of activity, including Foreign Exchange and Parallax in 2003/04, Lockie Leonard and Sleepover Club in 2005/06, and Stormworld in 2007/08. Western Australia recorded its highest expenditure to date ($28 million, 3 per cent of total expenditure) - supported by a number of local features including, A Few Less Men, Bad Girl, Breath, Hounds of Love, Jasper Jones and OtherLife.

Expenditure in the remaining states decreased on last year’s high but remained strong ($12 million, 1 per cent). Tasmania was the location for local TV drama Rosehaven. There were also children’s animations Fanshaw & Crudnut and Little J & Big Cuz. The ACT featured in Secret City and the second season of The Code.