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NUMBER OF FEATURE FILMS PRODUCED, TOTAL PRODUCTION BUDGETS AND SPEND (CURRENT DOLLARS*) IN AUSTRALIA, 1990/91-2017/18

Next update March 2020


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 19 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 $11.3 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 38 Australian features produced in 2017/18, right on the average number of films produced over the last eight years. Three foreign features started shooting and another 26 foreign features commenced only PDV work in Australia during the 2017/18 period.

In total, the 29 foreign features allocated around $92 million to expenditure in Australia, a significant fall on last year’s record of $577 million. Titles shot in Australia included Smoke Screen (Hong Kong) and Sunkesari (Nepal). 

Foreign titles undertaking only PDV work in Australia originated mostly from the US, such as Animal World, Tomb Raider, Crazy Rich Asians, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Christopher Robin, Skyscraper, Halloween, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Outlaw King, A-X-L, The Predator, Alita: Battle Angel and Monkey King 3.

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

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