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Thursday, 17 December 1992
Page: 5533

(Question No. 2449)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Arts and Territories, upon notice, on 25 November 1992:

  (1) What was the amount of funding provided to the Film Finance Corporation (FFC) for the years (a) 1988-89; (b) 1989-90; (c) 1990-91; (d) 1991-92; and (e) 1992-93.

  (2) What was the amount of funding provided to the Australian Film Commission (AFC) for the years (a) 1988-89; (b) 1989-90; (c) 1990-91; (d) 1991-92; and (e) 1992-93.

  (3) Has the Film Finance Corporation provided funding to produce a film about male sexuality; if so, to whom, and what was the amount of funding provided.

  (4) Has the Australian Film Commission provided funding to produce a film about male sexuality; if so, to whom, and what was the amount of funding provided.


Senator Collins —The Minister for the Arts and Territories has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) (a) $50m; (b) $74.8m; (c) $66m; (d) $68m; and (e) $61.9m.

  (2) (a) $15.511m; (b) $16.103m; (c) $16.073m; (d) $16.602m; and (e) $17.019m.

  (3) There have been a number of films made in Australia that deal with the emerging sexuality of young men. Recent titles assisted by the Film Finance Corporation include The Nostradamus Kid and Love in Limbo, both projects produced with money raised through the 1990 Film Fund. The Film Finance Corporation is unable to provide financial details for these films as the information is "commercial-in-confidence" and is not necessarily the property of the Corporation.

  The much discussed documentary Sacred Sex was also concerned with both male and female sexuality. During 1990-91 the Film Finance Corporation invested $205,474 in that film, which was made by Triple Image Films.

  (4) The Australian Film Commission, through its Special Development Fund, provides funding for innovative and experimental films, often by less experienced film makers than those supported by the Film Finance Corporation. The Australian Film Commission's Film Development and Production Support Program, which administers the Special Production Fund, aims to ensure the development of diverse Australian films and television programs of quality.

  Since 1988 the Australian Film Commission has not provided funding to any projects dealing specifically and only with the subject of male sexuality. However it has provided funding to several projects which have, or will possibly explore male sexuality as part of their overall content. For example, Stephen Cummings' Resonance ($99,989 for production), Tom Ayre's Poofter Bashing ($12,800 for development) and Rosalind Gillespie's The Perversity of Power ($24,451 for development) both currently in development, and Robin Hughes' documentary series Men and Women ($52,146 for development), developed with the assistance of the Film Finance Corporation and currently in production, all deal with aspects of male sexuality.