In 1906 work began on the world’s first feature film. Shot across Melbourne’s suburbs, The Story of the Kelly Gang first screened at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre later that year. Since then, Victorians have continued to leave their mark on screens across the globe.
Comprising films, television programs, online content and games – Victoria’s screen industry has been responsible for some of the world’s most iconic and popular games, films and television programs. From features Mad Max and The Castle, to TV favourites The Slap and The Sullivans, and addictive games Flight Control and Real Racing, Victorian screen practitioners produce content that inspires, provokes, immerses and entertains.
In addition to home grown product, Victorian screen practitioners also contribute to international productions; from worldwide smash hit video games such as The Sims Freeplay, to visual effects on the latest Hollywood productions or crewing on international shoots where Victoria stands in for locations such as Turkey, New York and London.
Victoria is Australia’s home of television drama; home to one of Australia’s major film studios - Docklands Studios Melbourne; and the birthplace of one of the oldest film festivals in the world - Melbourne International Film Festival.
As well as producing great work for us to see, Victoria’s screen industry packs a powerful economic punch. The film and television sectors alone contribute $1.3 billion to the Victorian economy and employ more than 10,000 people each year - from screenwriters to cinematographers and everyone in between.
Visit the Film Victoria website for more information on the Victorian screen industry and funding opportunities.