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South Australia Soars in National Drama Report

31 October 2018

South Australia’s screen industry achieved a record share of national screen production expenditure in the 17-18 year, more than trebling from 3% to 10% in just twelve months, as it experienced its third consecutive year of growth according to Screen Australia’s National Drama Report.

The new record of $82 million in spend in the State saw half coming from production and half from PDV (post production, digital and visual effects) activity. South Australia and Western Australia (now up to 5%) are the only states in Australia to have achieved an increase.

The National Drama Report measures the health of the Australian screen industry by covering the production of local and foreign feature films, TV dramas, online programs plus PDV (post production, digital and visual effects) activity.

South Australia’s Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni said, “These results demonstrate the thriving local screen sector that exists in South Australia and is testament to the significant work being done to ensure we are a competitive and attractive production destination. This includes developing the infrastructure to support a growing industry, the continued development of the State’s capacity to support multiple productions concurrently, and creating opportunities for skills development. The Marshall Liberal government is very pleased to see the State achieve this fantastic result.”

Chief Executive of the SAFC Courtney Gibson said taking South Australia’s share of the national drama production spend from 3% to 10% over the course of the past financial year was in line with the agency’s strategic ambitions to grow the screen industries in the state.

Read the full release here.

Featured image: Finn Little in Storm Boy (2019), photo by Matthew Nettheim

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