$400m for International Films Neglects Local Industry
Last Friday the Australian government pledged $400m to boost the screen industry; an incentive for international productions to be filmed in Australia amid the coronavirus pandemic. This scheme aims to enhance the already existing location incentive and tax offset given to international productions who choose to film in Australia. Over the next 7 years the government hopes to see an added $3 billion in foreign expenditure as well as 8000 local jobs created annually. Whilst this will secure local jobs and hopefully boost the economy, what does this mean for Australian content and should the government instead be putting its money into supporting local voices?
To discuss, 2SER spoke with Diana Burnett, Executive Director of the Australian Directors’ Guild.