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Addendum: The FFC's financial hits

Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) preceded Screen Australia. There are 11 films, funded in part by the FFC, that are in profit.

They are (in alphabetical order):

  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

  • Bootmen (2000)

  • Green Card (1990)

  • Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

  • Napoleon (1995)

  • The Wog Boy (2000)

  • Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

  • Shine (1996)

  • Sirens (1994)

  • Strictly Ballroom (1992)

  • Wolf Creek (2005)

  • The Wog Boy (2000)

Each film has recouped between 101 per cent and about 500 per cent of its budget. The average is about 275 per cent. The FFC invested in about 250 films in its lifetime.

This list has been published to meet the high level of curiosity about the financial fate of some of Australia’s most iconic films. This curiosity was prompted by all the recent work on how films with Screen Australia investment were faring.

Five additional FFC titles are close to repaying all their production and distribution costs. On average the films have recouped 90 per cent of their budget.

The films are (in alphabetical order):

  • Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

  • Crackerjack (2002)

  • The Heartbreak Kid (1993)

  • Kiss of Kill (1997)

  • Lantana (2001)

Revenue continues to flow in to all the films mentioned. In fact, Bootmen moved into the list of profitable films only a few weeks ago.