HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018/19
- Ludo Studio's Bluey season one became the all-time most streamed show on ABC iview with upwards of 100 million program plays. Disney picked up the global rights in a deal brokered by BBC Studios, who co-commissioned the series with ABC KIDS. The characters’ Australian accents are being maintained for the global release.
- The highest-rating Screen Australia-supported television drama projects in 2018/19 were Doctor Doctor series 3 which averaged 1.2 million viewers, The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories which averaged 943,000 viewers and Bad Mothers which averaged 934,000 viewers. 1
- The highest-grossing Australian feature films released in 2018/19 at the local box office were Ladies in Black, Top End Wedding and Storm Boy.
- Feature documentary 2040 was the highest-grossing documentary at the local box office in 2018/19 taking more than $1 million. 2040 also became the all-time 6th highest-grossing Australian documentary at the cinema,2 beating another stellar documentary performance by Gurrumul, which took $980,000 in late 2018.
- Gurrumul won Best Feature Documentary at the AACTA Awards and Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
- The highest-rating Screen Australia-supported television documentary projects in 2018/19 were Working Class Boy which averaged 1.5 million viewers, War on Waste series 2 which averaged 1 million viewers and Magical Land of Oz which averaged 928,000 3 while Employable Me won Best Documentary or Factual Program at the 2018 AACTA Awards.
- A record-breaking six Australian features were selected for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
- The Nightingale won two awards including the Special Jury Prize following its World Premiere at Venice International Film Festival in 2018.
- Over and Out was awarded Best Short Form at 2019 Canneseries – the festival runs in partnership with MIPCOM and MIPTV organiser Reed MIDEM and Canal Plus.
- The annual Drama Report released in October 2018 showed a record high expenditure on Australian projects in 2017/18 of $718 million, up 7% on the previous financial year.
- In August 2018, Screen Australia met its overall Gender Matters target for the first time since the initiative was launched, with 51% of all projects receiving production funding having at least half of the key creative roles occupied by women. A year later, at the end of the reporting period, it had well exceeded the target at 56%, and the agency set a new KPI.
- The new Development Guidelines, which sought to eliminate barriers based on eligibility credits and distribution platforms, came into effect on 1 July 2018.
- Producer Offset Final Certificates were issued to 164 projects, worth a total of $207.69 million.
- Provisional Co-production approval was granted to 10 projects from five countries. Final Co-production approval was granted to nine projects, from six countries.
- OzTAM and RegionalTAM, 5-city-metro, combined markets, total people, average audience, consolidated 28. Metro viewers for each series are 811,000, 642,000 and 686,000 respectively. ↩
- $1.37 million according to MPDAA, as at 14 August 2019. ↩
- OzTAM and RegionalTAM, 5-city-metro, combined markets, total people, average audience, consolidated 28. Metro viewers for each series are 973,000, 735,000 and 600,000 respectively. ↩