Drama report confirms resilience of Australian screen sector

Here’s a different way to look at the annual Screen Australia Drama Report, all in the name of optimism.

The annual drama report from Screen Australia contains the best statistics in the industry with no sense that the numbers themselves are shaped for an ideological approach. It is just good solid data, well laid out, with the bonus of a complete list of productions measured.

The report has a couple of disadvantages. First, as many researchers have argued over the years, the data is frustratingly general. In just one example, the average per hour cost of television drama continues to climb, but independent companies are not seeing this in their revenue. Screen Australia sees a lot of budgets and CVs, but of course that information is confidential. Etc.

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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.