Inside Screen Australia’s strangest annual drama report ever

Combine the strange rules of screen production research with a pandemic and the resulting space-time ruckus is a true headache. We suffer so you don't have to.

Graeme Mason does not mince words in public. So his general response to the COVID-19 pandemic means something. ‘I cannot believe the ability of the sector to work together for everybody’s best interest, and the ability to adapt and to just be resilient. It’s just extraordinary,’ he said in an interview.

‘We and AFTRS and the Federal government helped co-ordinate a task force, and got all the agencies and the guilds and big production companies and networks all working together, to ensure that people are safe, come up with guidelines and get people back to work. And I think that was very impressive, watching people collaborate and share.’

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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.