Documentary production in Australia reached an 11-year high in 2006/07. A total of 406 hours (196 titles) were produced, with production budgets totalling $97.2 million, compared to a yearly average of 306 hours and $65.4 million.
Production companies made an annual average of 202 hours, totalling $52.5 million, between 1996/97 and 2006/07, compared to 105 hours (nearly $13 million) by broadcasters. Most of this activity (55 per cent) was located in NSW.
Around 200 producers, 170 directors and 130 writers have made two or more documentaries in the last five years. However, the majority of documentary filmmakers (66 per cent of producers, 67 per cent of directors and 74 per cent of writers) made only one.
For the sixth year, this report brings together statistics on documentary production activity, financing and theatrical, free-to-air television and video release, including top titles.