Independent Screen Production on the Gold Coast

Over the last 15 years, numerous scholarly and economic impact studies have explored the dynamics of the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast in terms of its contribution to the regional economy as well as how it functions as a local/global node in an increasingly global screen sector. Yet, to date, there has been little to no detailed research that examines independent screen production activities that occur on the Gold Coast. This research project has been commissioned by the Department of Economy, Planning and Environment, Council of the City of Gold Coast, to undertake a scoping study of independent screen production activity and capacity – film, television, documentary and online (SVOD, web-series and short form commercialised content) – on the Gold Coast. The project aims to investigate the size and capacity of the screen production workforce on the Gold Coast; the composition of the production ecology in terms of companies and the key types of content they create; and the specific practices and employment status of producers and their views in relation to the sector’s outlook. The research will identify key creatives, creative companies or service providers working in the screen sector who are located on the Gold Coast to inform the development of government policy aimed at supporting the sector’s growth.


DMRC research program

This project contributes to the research within the following DMRC research program:

Transforming Media Industries

Project team


Project funding

  • Council of the City of Gold Coast (2019-2020)

Project report

Gold Coast Independent Screen Production

Ryan, Mark, Macrossan, Phoebe, Cunningham, Stuart, and McCutcheon, Marion Gold Coast Independent Screen Production (2020)

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