SAFC responds to government order: go for growth

South Australian screen support bodies keep their independence, bet on idealism and co-operation.

Faced with no less than three funded bodies dealing with the screen sector in a small state, noting they were all changing direction and leadership, the new(ish) South Australian Liberal Government was also caught in a financial vice.

Minister David Pisoni asked the formally constituted Screen Advisory Committee and a bunch of industry people (aka The Heavy Mob) whether the whole thing should be scrunched into one agency. Various permutations of this have been tried across the state agencies, which tended to lead to fidgeting about the role of the film festivals and a heartless destruction of the Screen Network organisations. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.