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22 October 2017
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Foreign Production in Australia

As the production of film and television increasingly becomes a global business, there is a growing network of interconnections between the Australian production community and 'foreign' production entities. In recent years the role of foreign production in Australia has been controversial and surrounded by conflicting claims and arguments. The advent of large studios designed to cater for big-budget overseas productions has heightened debate on the impact of such productions. Those in favour of increasing levels of foreign production point to the economic benefits for the nation as a whole and the employment opportunities arising in production and associated roles. Detractors fear that overseas production could eventually dominate the local industry to the extent that Australia becomes an adjunct to the mainstream US industry, and local creative talent wanes. The AFC is continually examining developments in foreign investment and production.

AFC's submission to DCITA's review of the Refundable Film Tax Offset Scheme

July 2006

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AFC Submission to DCITA's review of the Refundable Film Tax Offset Scheme (414 Kb)

Cinema Cities, Media Cities: The Contemporary International Studio Complex
by Ben Goldsmith
September 2003
Cinema Cities, Media Cities: The Contemporary International Studio Complex is a comprehensive study of contemporary international studios and considers the circumstances in which a rash of studio complex building and renovating has occurred - in places as diverse as Rome, London, Berlin, Prague, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Melbourne.

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Cinema Cities, Media Cities: The Contemporary International Studio Complex, AFC Report, September 2003 (835 Kb)

Foreign Film and Television Drama Production in Australia, AFC Report

June 2002
Foreign Film and Television Drama Production in Australia investigates Australia as a production destination; employment patterns and the experience of our crews working on foreign production in Australia.

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Foreign Film and Television Drama Production in Australia, AFC Report, June 2002 (234 Kb)

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Related Speeches

20 October 2002
Speaker: Catherine Griff, AFC Policy Advisor
Event: Communications Research Forum 2002
Session: Foreign film and television drama production in Australia: Australia as a production destination; employment patterns; crew experience and attitudes
Download speech2 (pdf 159 Kb)

17 July 2002
Speaker: Maureen Barron, AFC Chair
Event: Launch of "Foreign Film and Television Drama Production in Australia: A Research Report"
Download speech2 (pdf 42 Kb)


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Related Media Releases

17 Jul 2002
AFC releases report into foreign production in Australia