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Australian telemovies

Number of Australian telemovies produced, total production budgets and average budget per title (current* and 2016 dollars), 1970/71–2015/16

Next update March 2018

An average of eight Australian telemovies were made each year in the 1970s. This almost doubled in the 1980s to 15 a year, but dropped back to 10 a year in the 1990s. Converted to 2016 dollars, total production budgets remained relatively stable over this period, averaging $26 million a year in the 1980s and $27 million a year in the 1990s. In the first decade of the 2000s they decreased slightly to an average of around $20 million annually (2016 dollars), with the average number of titles falling to six.

In terms of total budgets, the peak years for Australian telemovie production since 1980/81 were 1986/87 and 1999/00. In 1986/87, 31 telemovies were produced with total budgets of $31 million ($72 million in 2016 dollars), mainly financed through 10BA tax concessions. In 1999/00, 17 titles were made with total budgets of $41 million ($65 million in 2016 dollars). Six were part of telemovie series – three each of Halifax f.p. and Dogwoman. In-house telemovie production has been steadily declining, from four a year in the 1970s, to three a year in the 1980s, to only two made in the whole of the 1990s and two since 2000/01.

Converted to 2016 dollars, the average budget per title for Australian telemovies (including co-productions) has increased from $1.48 million in the 1980s to $2.72 million in the 1990s. Between 2000/01 and 2009/10, the average was $3.39 million reaching as high as $4.23 million in 2000/01. By comparison, the average budget of a foreign telemovie shot here during the 1990s was $7.34 million (again, in 2016 dollars). Since 2003/04, there have been only seven foreign telemovies shot or undertaking PDV in Australia.

See also Telemovies > Budget ranges.

No. per year1 Total budgets ($m) per year Average budget per title
Current
($m)*
2016
($m)2
Current
($m)*
2016
($m)2
1970/71 0 n.a.
1971/72 2 n.a.
1972/73 1 n.a.
1973/74 2 (2) n.a.
1974/75 5 (4) n.a.
1975/76 10 (1) n.a.
1976/77 24 (9) n.a.
1977/78 15 (7) n.a.
1978/79 10 (5) n.a.
1979/80 11 (7) n.a.
Total 70/71–79/80 80 (35) n.a.
Annual av. 70/71–79/80 8 (4) n.a.
1980/81 5 (3) 1 3 0.14 0.54
1981/82 10 (1) 2 8 0.25 0.81
1982/83 9 (3) 3 10 0.36 1.06
1983/84 19 (9) 5 15 0.28 0.78
1984/85 24 (9) 16 44 0.68 1.81
1985/86 14 (4) 9 23 0.66 1.65
1986/87 31 (2) 31 72 0.99 2.32
1987/88 19 17 36 0.87 1.92
1988/89 9 5 10 0.56 1.13
1989/90 14 (2) 21 39 1.48 2.80
Total 80/81–89/90 154 (33) 110 259 - -
Annual av. 80/81–89/90 15 (3) 11 26 0.72 1.48
1990/91 2 2 4 1.00 1.81
1991/92 5 (1) 4 2 0.80 1.82
1992/93 6 7 12 1.17 2.06
1993/94 11 12 21 1.09 1.91
1994/95 17 26 44 1.50 2.57
1995/96 12 20 33 1.67 2.56
1996/97 8 16 26 2.00 3.28
1997/98 7 13 20 1.81 2.92
1998/99 10 (1) 27 44 2.75 4.42
1999/00 17 41 65 2.41 3.80
Total 90/91–99/00 95 (2) 168 271 - -
Annual av. 90/91–99/00 10 (<1) 17 27 1.76 2.72
2000/01 7 20 30 2.81 4.23
2001/02 9 24 35 2.67 3.92
2002/03 4 10 15 2.56 3.65
2003/04 11 27 37 2.47 3.40
2004/05 6 15 20 2.54 3.36
2005/06 9 18 23 2.05 2.58
2006/07 4 13 15 3.15 3.78
2007/08 4 (1) 10 11 2.42 2.77
2008/09 2 4 5 2.22 2.42
2009/10 4 11 12 2.83 3.06
Total 00/01–09/10 60 (1) 153 204 - -
Annual av. 00/01–09/10 6 (<1) 15 20 2.55 3.39
2010/11 6 13 13 2.19 2.22
2011/12 10 33 32 3.25 3.24
2012/13 5 14 14 2.77 2.77
2013/14 5 (1) 16 15 3.14 3.10
2014/15 6 16 16 2.66 2.64
2015/16 6 15 15 2.43 2.43

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
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.
Does not include telemovies for children.
Figures are updated on an ongoing basis therefore there may be some discrepancies with previously published data.
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
n.a. Not available.
* Dollar value as per each year specified (ie not adjusted for inflation).
1. Includes inhouse productions made by television broadcasters (inhouse number shown in brackets).
2. Adjusted using the non-farm GDP deflator; base year 2015/16.

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