First established by Don Dunstan in 1972, the South Australian Film Corporation, is the oldest state screen agency in the country.
Morphing from its production company origins of 40 years ago, the SAFC is now tasked with building the screen industry in South Australia.
Its key point of difference remains its production facilities that now occupy Adelaide Studios at the heritage listed Glenside Campus, on the edge of the Adelaide CBD.
The studios were officially opened by the then premier of South Australia the Hon Mike Rann MP in August 2011.
The $43million Adelaide Studios are a one-stop-film-shop. The studios are home to sound stages, full suite production offices, ADR/Foley and Dolby Premier Studio, and a 96 seat screening theatre. The facilities give the SAFC the base to service production in the realms of $20-30 million.
Such facilities have attracted production and post-production work on films and television that includes The Great Gatsby, Red Dog, Wolf Creek 2, ANZAC Girls, Charlie’s Country, The Rover and The Infinite Man to name a few.
“Deadline Gallipoli is the third big series secured to shoot in South Australia.”
Up to $7million is invested each year into South Australian film, television and digital production. SAFC investment funds are combined with those sourced via broadcasters, private investment and other government avenues, including national funding body Screen Australia and SA’s unique Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF).
The SAFC allocates the funds to best drive economic growth, find new audiences, and support and develop its homegrown talent.
Two key initiatives currently spearhead these goals.
The SEED Development Fund providing funding over five years to South Australian production companies.
The D-Lab Development initiative builds pathways to market from development stages.
According to Screen Australia, $50million worth of drama production was undertaken in South Australia in 2012-2013. This equates to 7 per cent nationally.
SAFC Chief Executive Officer, Richard Harris says they use what they have as a state to build a compelling package in terms of locations, studio facilities and also high end post production support services to attract film work to South Australia.
He predicts television to be a growth sector.
“Feature films will remain a staple for South Australia in the short term but there is going to be a lot more television coming,” he says. “Deadline Gallipoli is the third big series secured to shoot in South Australia.”