While Canadians get smart funding, Australian sector talks to the wall

While Screen Producers Australia struggles to get the Commonwealth to face the industry's real dilemmas, the report card overseas is both bad and good.

As we all know, things are bloody grim. If COVID-19 v The Screen Sector was a movie, our heroes would have their backs to the wall, short of ammunition and strong on cliches about facing the ultimate enemy.

Could this be the second act turning point, where the sector finds the vital funding and solves the COVID protocol problem and bursts out onto the plains of victory? Victory would mean being able to access global productions and get crews working here.

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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.