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A Wider Lens: Australian Camera Workforce Development and Diversity

posted on 2022-07-01, 00:00 authored by Amanda ColesAmanda Coles, Justine FerrerJustine Ferrer, Vejune Zemaityte, Marcus Banks
A Wider Lens is the first comprehensive examination of
the workforce, the work model, and the work culture,
that constitute Australian film and television camera
departments. The study pays particular attention to
how social characteristics, such as gender, age, class,
ethno-cultural identity, sexuality, disability, and caring
responsibilities overlap and interact to shape career
paths and work experiences in the film and television
camera profession. In adopting an intersectional
approach to understanding inequality as a defining
feature of work in camera departments, the report seeks to add to the evidentiary
knowledge base that informs both policy and practice in advancing a world-class,
globally competitive, equitable, diverse, and inclusive screen industry in Australia. A failure to attend to key issues in labour market and workforce
development risks the future potential of this knowledge-intensive, technologically
innovative, and highly globalised sector to continue to add economic, social and
cultural value to Australia.



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Australian Cinematographers Society

Place of publication

North Sydney, N.S.W.



Research statement

This report draws upon two comprehensive datasets. The first is a database of the feature films and scripted television series filmed in Australia from 2011 to 2019 inclusive, based on data reported by the industry to Screen Australia. The dataset includes the names and job titles of 3,034 people working in the key creative roles of producer, writer, and director, as well as the camera departments for each of the films. The second dataset is quantitative and qualitative data from 640 complete responses to the Australian Cinematographers Society Camera Workforce Survey 2021. The Survey was co-designed with the ACS project steering committee. The survey asked questions about camera professionals’ career paths, earnings and income, hiring processes, professional networks, training and professional development, and any experiences of workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination in their career as a member of a camera department.

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A6 Research report/technical paper

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