Cinema of Australia

Cinema of Australia
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No. of screens2,210 (2017)[1]
 • Per capita10.1 per 100,000 (2017)[1]
Main distributorsVillage Roadshow/Warner Bros. (26.0%)
Paramount (19.0%)
20th Century Fox (Disney) (12.0%)[2]
Produced feature films (2017)[1]
Total55
Fictional35 (63.6%)
Animated0 (0%)
Documentary20 (32.7%)
Number of admissions (2011)[4]
Total85,000,000
 • Per capita4.3 (2010)[3]
Gross box office (2011)[4]
TotalA$1.09 billion
National filmsA$45.2 million (4.2%)

The cinema of Australia had its beginnings with the 1906 production of The Story of the Kelly Gang, arguably the world's first feature film. Since then, Australian crews have produced many films, a number of which have received international recognition. Many actors and filmmakers with international reputations started their careers in Australian films, and many of these have established lucrative careers in larger film-producing centres such as the United States.

Commercially successful Australian films include: Crocodile Dundee, George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, and Chris Noonan's Babe. Award-winning productions include Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli, The Tracker, Shine and Ten Canoes.

Australian actors of renown include Errol Flynn, Peter Finch, Rod Taylor, Paul Hogan, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, Judy Davis, Jacki Weaver, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Ben Mendelsohn, Anthony LaPaglia, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Rose Byrne, Sam Worthington, Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, Mia Wasikowska, Margot Robbie, Rebel Wilson, and others.

Cinema in Australia is subject to censorship, called classification. Films may be refused classification, which means they are effectively banned.

  1. ^ a b c "Australia | Culture". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Table 6: Share of Top 3 distributors (Excel)". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Archived from the original on 16 September 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Cinema – Admissions per capita". Screen Australia. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Table 11: Exhibition – Admissions & Gross Box Office (GBO)". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.

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