Can we out-compete the world in production hunt?

Australia looks good in the international marketplace but the competition will get fiercer and fiercer. We have to urgently solve one serious problem in the subsidy system.

While the screen sector copped a belting from the virus shutdown, producers quickly realised that an international pandemic also provided opportunities to attract footloose productions. By opening quickly, Australia could beat the fierce competition for this market.

In so doing, the agencies were looking ahead. Studios were already booked on existing productions which would surge forward; the task is to get the second layer of shows for 2021 and beyond.

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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.