International Feature Film Co-productions Between Australia and Germany: An Australian Perspective

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Transnational German Cinema, 2021, pp. 51-68
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Despite evident and mutual benefits, international co-production treaties are an under utilised aspect of Australia’s screen production slate. This chapter explores the various reasons why this is the case through the lens of Australian-German co-productions. The research finds that, in Australia, there are heterogenous reasons for this operative reluctance that stem from the specific (finding the right partners), the structural (the complexity of working in different financing and production jurisdictions), to the systemic (the impetus for national cinemas has historically favoured an inward-looking film production culture). In addition to these reasons, we may expect additional challenges and, potentially, unexpected opportunities resulting from the global COVD-19 pandemic.
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