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Published in June 2010, Screen Australia's comprehensive reference book The Black List catalogued the work of 257 Indigenous Australians with credits since 1970 as producer, director, writer or director of photography.

The updated information provided here paints a picture of ongoing growth in Indigenous filmmaking – from a very low base.

In total, 25 features have been made since 1970 with an Indigenous Australian as director, producer, writer or DOP. Eighteen of these films were produced since 2000, compared to five in the '90s, two in the '80s, and none at all in the '70s.

In terms of number of filmmakers, 18 individuals have worked on the 25 features made since 1970; 11 credits have been as director, 11 as writer, four as producer and four as DOP. Clearly, many of these are the same individuals credited in different roles, and a person may also be represented in the figures for more than one decade, so the rows and columns don't add up in this table. But the growth over time is clear.

Similarly, 31 Indigenous filmmakers have held key creative roles on 34 TV drama programs since 1980. Of these 34 titles, 28 were made since 2000, compared to six in the '90s and none in the '80s.

Even more spectacular growth has occurred in documentaries, with more than 100 Indigenous filmmakers taking key roles on 361 documentaries since 2000, compared to 26 filmmakers on 24 titles in the 1980s.

Number of titles with Indigenous filmmakers in key production roles (producer, director, writer, director of photography [DOP]), to May 2014

Each title counted only once regardless of the number of Indigenous key credits.

FEATURES
Any key
credit
Director Producer Writer DOP
1970s to 2010s 25 18 5 19 12
1970s 0 0 0 0 0
1980s 2 0 0 2 0
1990s 5 5 1 3 1
2000s 8 6 1 6 5
2010-2014 10 7 3 8 6
TV DRAMA
Any key
credit
Director Producer Writer DOP
1980s to 2010s 34 28 10 18 3
1980s 0 0 0 0 0
1990s 6 3 2 5 0
2000s 16 13 2 7 2
2010-2014 12 12 6 6 1
DOCUMENTARIES
Any key
credit
Director Producer Writer DOP
1980s to 2010s 465 387 299 309 80
1980s 24 16 11 9 0
1990s 80 64 48 56 12
2000s 295 262 201 214 57
2010-2014 66 45 39 30 11
SHORTS
Any key
credit
Director Producer Writer DOP
1990s to 2010s 285 246 148 223 74
1990s 59 44 25 43 17
2000s 181 169 92 150 49
2010-2014 45 33 31 30 8

Source: Screen Australia

Number of Indigenous filmmakers with credits as director, writer, producer or DOP by decade, as at May 2014

Each individual counted only once per time period, even if they worked on multiple titles.

FEATURES
Any key
credit
Director Producer Writer DOP
1970s to 2010s 18 11 4 11 4
1970s 0 0 0 0 0
1980s 1 0 0 1 0
1990s 6 5 1 3 1
2000s 8 5 2 5 4
2010-2014 14 8 4 8 3
TV DRAMA
Any key
credit
Director Producer Writer DOP
1970s to 2010s 31 21 3 14 1
1980s 0 0 0 0 0
1990s 9 2 2 8 0
2000s 24 18 1 8 1
2010-2014 14 7 3 9 1
DOCUMENTARIES
Any key
credit
Director Producer Writer DOP
1970s to 2010s 158 111 90 114 15
1980s 26 19 15 9 0
1990s 59 42 31 44 4
2000s 101 74 59 79 15
2010-2014 50 33 26 26 6
SHORTS
Any key
credit
Director Producer Writer DOP
1990s to 2010s 189 149 82 143 12
1990s 41 27 17 30 3
2000s 151 119 60 111 12
2010-2014 47 28 19 26 5

Source: Screen Australia