Kultour is a national organisation committed to advancing cultural diversity in the arts in Australia.
Kultour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its art funding and advisory body.
So asks a new report from Screen Australia: Seeing Ourselves – Reflection on diversity in Australian TV drama. The report looks at cultural diversity, disability and sexual orientation/gender identity in 1961 main characters in 199 Australian TV dramas between 2011 and 2015.
On screen: 18%. In the community: 32%
On screen: 6%. In the community: 12%
Non-Europeans, eg from Asia, Africa, Middle East
On screen: 7%. In the community: 17%
On screen: 5%. In the community: 3%
The report also investigates the challenges and opportunities of creating diverse TV drama through interviews and industry surveys and looks at issues such as colour-blind casting, writing for diversity, the differences in children’s and adults programs and the backgrounds of actors working in TV drama.
Screen Australia will establish benchmarks for the levels of diversity in Australian TV drama to chart the industry’s progress over time. It makes fascinating reading – download it here.