The creative sustainability of screen business in the Australian regions

Susan Kerrigan, Mark David Ryan, Phillip McIntyre, Stuart Cunningham, Marion McCutcheon

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Public focus on screen business in Australia has been shaped by the information needs of the regulatory and content investment agencies that monitor and support screen content made under the creative control of Australians. This has meant that available data has concentrated on the types of content that have been deemed to require regulatory support – feature films, documentaries and television drama, with more recent interest in short-form content intended for streaming and online platforms and games. The expansion of the notion of screen business has led to a series of Screen Australia reports that focused the debate on value frameworks that included cultural, economic and audience values. These reports informed the 2017 Federal Government inquiry into the Australian Film and Television Industry – they do not, however, provide insights into how screen business is incorporated into localised regional economies and they tend to downplay the cultural contributions from the television and advertising sectors. By looking at screen business in four regional Australia cities we demonstrate how four modes of screen production, which include commercial and corporate content, is being made sustainably in the regions and that regional screen content production activities are an important part of the national screen production ecosystem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-129
Number of pages19
JournalStudies in Australasian Cinema
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


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