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Australian feature films 
Genres produced

Proportions of films by genre, 1993/94–2015/16

Next update March 2018


2008/09–2015/16: Feature films shot July 2008 to JUNE 2016

The eight years from 2008/09 to 2015/16 have seen a greater diversity in the Australian feature film slate. The previously dominant combination of comedy and drama fell from 75 per cent (in 2003/04–2007/08) to 56 per cent. The comedy genre, once nearly equal to the drama genre, has more than halved since the early 1990s. Conversely, the proportion of films made in the thriller genre has risen from 13 per cent to 20 per cent over the same period.

Proportions of films by genre, 2008/09–2015/16

 

Graph: Proportions of films by genre, 2008/09-2014/15. Table below has the data.

 


 

  All Australian features1 Screen Australia funded features2 Other Australian features 
No. titles 277 140 137
Genre    
Action/Adventure 7% 4% 10%
Children’s 4% 5% 3%
Comedy 17% 20% 15%
Drama 39% 44% 35%
Horror 7% 4% 9%
Musical 1% 2% 1%
Science fiction 4% 3% 6%
Thriller 20% 18% 22%

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
2. Includes titles that have received Screen Australia production or post-production investment. Excludes titles in receipt of development funds only.

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1993/94–2007/08: Feature films shot July 1993 to June 2008

Between 1993/94 and 1997/98, the comedy and drama genres, with a fairly even split, accounted for 76 per cent of all Australian features produced. Ten years later, in 2003/04 to 2007/08, the combined share of the two genres was relatively unchanged at 75 per cent. However, over that period the proportion of Australian feature comedies dropped from 37 per cent to 18 per cent, while drama rose from 39 per cent to 57 per cent.

Australian features1
  1993/94–1997/98 1998/99–2002/03 2003/04–2007/08
No. titles 134 127 152
Genre
Action/Adventure 5% 6% 1%
Children's 4% 2% 0%
Comedy 37% 31% 18%
Drama 39% 47% 57%
Horror 1% 4% 6%
Science fiction 1% 1% 1%
Thriller 13% 7% 16%
Music 0% 2% 1%

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.

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