Screen funding splutters amid a Sonic (the hedgehog) boom

All eyes are turning to Easter for the Australian box office as the sector tries to recover from an underwhelming Christmas period.
It can be hard to look at box office figures without feeling blue. Image: Paramount Pictures.

The smaller cinema sector represented by Independent Cinemas Australia has so far survived everything COVID could throw at it, and is still alive and kicking. At the moment, 75% of pre-pandemic turnover seems to be a temporary normal as the sector hopes to recover from a dud Christmas.

ICA president Scott Seddon, the proprietor of Scotty’s Cinemas just north of Newcastle, has been a determined activist in the campaign to get a tranche of money from the federal government to get through hard times.

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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.