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NUMBER OF FEATURE FILMS PRODUCED, TOTAL PRODUCTION BUDGETS AND SPEND (CURRENT DOLLARS*) IN AUSTRALIA, 1990/91-2018/19

Next update March 2021


The total number of films produced in Australia has more than doubled since the nineties.

The main driver of this increase comes from foreign PDV-only titles. Between 1990/91 and 2005/06, the average number of foreign films produced was four. Since Screen Australia started tracking foreign PDV-only titles in 2006/07, that average has increased to 20 titles each year.

During the 1990s, 27 foreign features were shot in Australia made with total budgets of $982 million. This rose to 61 in the first decade of the 2000s, with total budgets around $2.5 billion and spending more than $1.4 billion in Australia. In the decade 2000/01 to 2009/10, numerous high-budget titles, mostly from the US, were shot in Australia, including the Matrix films, Peter Pan, Star Wars (episodes II and III), Superman Returns and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Foreign feature production dropped significantly in 2008/09, with no US production taking place that year.

PDV-only work has also contributed significantly to spend by foreign productions in Australia. In the four years to 2009/10, spend by foreign PDV-only projects averaged $12.8 million. The highest ever spend on foreign PDV-only was recorded in 2016/17 and included Spider-Man: Homecoming, Logan and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle among others.

There were 33 Australian features produced in 2018/19, below the average number of films produced so far in the current decade. Seven foreign features started shooting and another 21 foreign features commenced PDV-only work in Australia during the 2018/19 period.

In total, the 28 foreign features allocated around $296 million to expenditure in Australia, a significant increase on last year. Titles shot in Australia included Dora and the Lost City of Gold (US), Monster Problems (US), Godzilla vs Kong (US) and Chinatown Cannon 2 (China).

Foreign titles undertaking only PDV work in Australia originated mostly from the US, such as BIOS, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), It: Chapter Two, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Jumanji: The Next Level, Jungle Cruise, Men in Black: International, Spider-Man: Far From Home and Terminator: Dark Fate.

For more details see Spending in Australia, Australian feature films, and Focus: Foreign drama production in Australia.

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