SA Film Corporation

Overview & History

SAFC Overivew

South Australia has a rich history in screen production, providing the backdrop and production base for many iconic film and television productions that have  contributed to the economic, social and cultural fabric of South Australia. 

At the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), we believe in the value of our state’s independent screen production sector. We are the industry leaders in the development, support and promotion of South Australia’s screen industries, delivering funding and support for over 40 years to a vibrant mix of South Australian productions.

Building and shaping the South Australian film industry for more than 40 years, SAFC remains the most experienced screen agency in Australia. The SAFC’s primary focus is on partnering with filmmakers, production and post-production companies that can contribute to the growth of the industry, and ensuring South Australia remains an attractive location for the filming and production of world class content for film, television and online. 

Our state-of-the-art Adelaide Studios and highly skilled, award winning crews have contributed to a growing momentum for the SAFC and South Australia’s film industry. We have experienced record production levels, outstanding artistic achievements and an impressive increase in the level of local screen business development. For all our latest news and events, click here.

South Australia provides a visually inspiring and cost effective location for any production.  Please contact us to discuss your project today.

A Short History of the SAFC

In 1972, the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) was established under an act of parliament by then Premier Don Dunstan, who sought ways “to stimulate and encourage the formation and continued development of the South Australian film and television industry”.

Establishment of the Corporation (with Gil Brealey appointed founding Chairman/Director) set about achieving this through a blend of commercial enterprise and industry development with the SAFC responsible for:

  • undertaking the production of films

  • provision of library and other services and facilities relating to films and their screening
(South Australian Film and Video Library, c1972 - c1994)

  • provision of information services about films and their availability

  • arrangement of courses of instruction in film projection

  • storage, distribution, sale or other disposal of films

  • research into the distribution of films and the effectiveness of films to meet purposes for which they are made.

The Corporation originally consisted of three members:

  • the Director (who was also the Chairman)

  • two other persons appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister, one of whom was nominated by the Minister of Education.

An Advisory Board, consisting of seven members appointed by the Governor, and the Chairman (Director) functioned to inquire into, and report upon, all matters relating to film.

Despite initial distribution difficulties which saw the Corporation resort to hiring cinemas, it found immediate success with films such as Sunday Too Far Away whilst also producing many documentaries, training films and short films.

The Corporation quickly became an important source of prestige and promotion for the State, and became a model for emulation by all Australian states.

Other drama productions produced and owned by the SAFC include feature dramas Storm Boy, The Fourth Wish, Fire in the Stone, Dawn, Breaker Morant, Blue Fin, Robbery Under Arms, Under Capricorn, Sara Dane, Money Movers, Run Chrissie Run, Shadows of the Heart, The Shiralee, Golden Fiddles, The Club, Grim Pickings, The Battlers, Playing Beatie Bow and television features The Sound of Love, Harvest of Hate; and television series Ultraman.

In 1994, the SAFC’s role underwent a fundamental shift. It ceased production in its own right and assumed the role of the state government’s central agency to deliver assistance to the independent industry.

At the same time, the Corporation was in charge of running its Hendon Studios which it operated for more than 30 years from 1980 to 2011. Hendon Studios provided independent feature film and television producers with a high end sound and post production facility as well as basic production facilities, including two soundstages and production areas.

Hundreds of feature films, shorts, documentaries and digital projects have received SAFC investment support since 1994.