Despite defeat, mainstream exhibitors confident of government support

Michael Hawkins, the face of peak cinema operator body NACO, is confident that the big exhibitors will get a piece of the pie.

Michael Hawkins, the Executive Director of the National Association of Cinema Operators (NACO) has confirmed to Screenhub that the organisation is continuing to pressure the federal government after it was locked out of a deal to support Independent Cinemas Australia (ICA).

Both the mainstream and indie cinema sectors have seen their audiences dwindle, sometimes to less than 30% because of COVID-19. The impact on the smaller proprietors represented by ICA has been more acute, and they have a strong base in regional and remote areas which are often represented by Coalition members.

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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.