Gender Matters: “Screen Australia is doing the heavy lifting”

Gender Matters: “Screen Australia is doing the heavy lifting”
Actor Tilda Cobham-Hervey and director Unjoo Moon on the set of ‘I Am Woman’.

While Screen Australia reports that 57 per cent of all key creatives to receive production and development funding last year were women or female-identifying people, new industry-wide data suggests bolstering women’s participation more broadly is a slow road.

In 2015, a set of stats sent a shockwave through the industry: For all Australian films released between 1970-71 and 2013-14, only 16 per cent of directors, 21 per cent of writers and 30 per cent of producers were female.

The Screen Australia research data, published in Aftrs’ Lumina magazine, was widely regarded as a wake-up call. It led to a chain reaction of initiatives from various organisations to bolster women’s participation in the screen industry, not least of which was Screen Australia’s own $5 million Gender Matters program and set of KPIs for its funded projects.

Yet, updated industry-wide data,
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