South Australian Film Corporation

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South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) is a South Australian Government statutory corporation established in 1973. Former State Premier Don Dunstan played an instrumental role in the foundation of the Corporation and its early film production activities.[1]

The Corporation was the first State film corporation established in Australia, and the success of its business model led other State Governments also to establish similar bodies charged with the promotion of film production and fostering industry development.

At the time of the Corporation's establishment, the Australian film industry was in the doldrums, and the Corporation played a significant role in the revival of Australian film making.

In the 1980s the SAFC moved its focus to television production. It moved to a disused Philips factory in Hendon in the north west suburbs of Adelaide. Jock Bair was head of drama.[2][3]

Until 1994, the Corporation was involved in the production of films and television programs. The television mini-series The Battlers was the last production in which the SAFC acted as a producer.

Since then, it has focused on supporting the production of films and television in South Australia, including providing funding and support, as well as making available production and post-production facilities.

In 2008 SA Premier and Arts Minister Mike Rann secured cabinet approval to fund the relocation of the SAFC, at a cost of $43 million. The project included new sound stages and mixing suites, as well as a major refurbishment of a historic 19th century building as a high-tech film hub.

It has now moved its headquarters to Glenside in the eastern suburbs, having taken over buildings previously occupied by a mental hospital. Its new Adelaide Studios have been the recipient of major funding from the South Australian Government.

The new Adelaide Studios were opened by Premier Mike Rann on 20 October 2011.[4]

Major productions[edit]

The Corporation produced several significant and successful films and television productions up until 1994 and thereafter has acted in assistance with development and production facilities:

Influence on Australian film making[edit]

The Corporation's activities helped rebuild Australia's dormant film industry.

Besides its successful productions, which had critical and commercial success, the Corporation's productions helped to launch successful careers for many artists, including Peter Weir, Jack Thompson, Scott Hicks, Rolf de Heer, Mario Andreacchio, Bryan Brown, Geoffrey Rush and Bruce Beresford.

As with most production companies, not every Corporation production so far has been a critical or financial success, but each has helped to give artists opportunities to hone their craft, and move on to achieve success and professional recognition.

Current activities[edit]

Since 1994, the role of the Corporation has changed to that of facilitating productions, rather than engaging in production itself.

Its most conspicuous success in recent years has been the facilitation of the production of the popular Nine Network program McLeod's Daughters (2001-2009), which was filmed on location in rural South Australian settings.

The Corporation has high quality post-production facilities which have been used in connection with a broad range of productions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p17
  2. ^ Philippa Hawker, "Going South: the Adelaide Connection", Cinema Papers January 1987 p21- 23
  3. ^ Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 548-550
  4. ^ Protesters mar Mike Rann's last engagement as Premier, The Advertiser, 21 October 2011

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