Debating Australian Documentary Production Policy: Some Practitioner Perspectives
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On July1 2008 Screen Australia commenced operation as the main Australian Government agency supporting the screen production industry. This article considers some of the policy issues and challenges identified by the 'community of practitioners' as facing Australian documentary production at the time of the formation of that 'superagency' from the merger of its three predecessor organisations - the Australian Film Commission, the Film Finance Corporation and Film Australia. The article proceeds by sketching the history of documentary production in Australia and identifying the bases of its financial and regulatory supports. It also surveys recent debate in the documentary sector and attempts to contextualise the themes of those discussions within the history of the Australian documentary.
Media International Australia
Copyright 2008 Media International Australia. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Film and Television