South Australian Film Corporation

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South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) is a South Australian Government statutory corporation that was established in 1972.[1]



The South Australian Film Corporation was the first state film corporation established in Australia. The success of its business model led other State Governments 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 stagnating, and the Corporation played a significant role in the revival of Australian film making. Former State Premier Don Dunstan played an instrumental role in the foundation of the Corporation and its early film production activities.[2]


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.[3][4]

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 A$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 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.[5]

Major productions[edit]

Influence on Australian film making[edit]

The Corporation's activities contributed to the rebuilding process undertaken by Australia's film industry. Besides its productions that had critical and commercial success, the Corporation's productions helped to launch the careers of many artists, including Peter Weir, Jack Thompson, Scott Hicks, Rolf de Heer, Mario Andreacchio, Bryan Brown, Geoffrey Rush and Bruce Beresford.

Current activities[edit]

Since 1994, the role of the Corporation has changed to that of a production facilitator, so that it no longer engages in the production process itself.[6] It facilitated the production of the Nine Network program McLeod's Daughters (2001-2009), which was filmed on location in rural South Australia.

The Corporation also operates post-production facilities that have been used for a broad range of productions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Short History of the SAFC". 
  2. ^ David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p17
  3. ^ Philippa Hawker, "Going South: the Adelaide Connection", Cinema Papers January 1987 p21- 23
  4. ^ Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 548-550
  5. ^ Protesters mar Mike Rann's last engagement as Premier, The Advertiser, 21 October 2011
  6. ^ "A Short History of the SAFC". Retrieved 22 May 2015. 

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