Australians enjoy entertainment and consume a lot of it. The country presents an annual expenditure of AU$40 billion (equivalent to US$26 trillion) on entertainment, which is an exceptional figure.
Since the boom in popularity and production of digital content, the industry has never been so important in Australia, with an average annual growth near 2.9% and AU$36 billion (equivalent to US$24.103 billion) generated since 2008.
Australia is considered a center of excellence in creating entertainment content, such as film-making, animation, digital special effects, or game design.
Animation: Sydney is world-renowned as an animation hub. The city houses six major world-famous studios, Animal Logic, Omnilab, and Rising Sun Pictures.
Gaming: Australia is a big video game fan with an average of 12.5 million video and computer games purchased each year. Forty development companies and sales exceeded AU$1 billion. According to the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA), the country would export near AU$100 million each year. (equivalent to US$67.016 million)
The mobile industry: As the primary entertainment tool in our new technological world, the smartphone has changed how we engage with content and each other. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of Australians using mobile devices to enjoy new forms of entertainment led by applications increased. Global application revenues reached US$60 billion, with a 35% increase over 2017.
Online streaming and video services: One of the reasons for the entertainment industry’s success is the revenue generated by online video and streaming services. According to a Nielsen report, Australians spend an average of 7 hours and 28 minutes per month watching videos online.
Film Industry: Australia offers a competitive film environment, providing excellent weather, attractive costs, government initiatives, and highly qualified personnel. International film and music festivals and more extraordinary arts scenes in tourist hot spots have welcomed creative and cultural innovations. One such example is virtual reality.
Australia is home to many artists that are renowned in the movie industry.
- Hugh Jackman is one of the most successful Australian actors in Hollywood. He was born in Sydney and became famous after his superhero roles in movies. However, he is mostly known for playing “Wolverine”, a role for which he holds the Guinness World Record for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero”.
- Chris Hemsworth: Best known for playing “Thor” in The Avengers series, Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne in the state of Victoria. The most recent movie “Avengers: Endgame” made him become one of the highest-paid actors in the world.
- Rebel Wilson : Born in Sydney, Rebel Wilson is a comedian, actress, producer, and writer. In 2012, became world-wide famous after starring in the movie “Pitch Perfect” with Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow.
- Nicole Kidman : born in Hawaii (USA), Raised in Sydney, she studied at the Philip Street Theatre and also attended the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). Nicole began her acting career in Australia in 1983 and it is a consecrated actress.Her awards include an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. She was listed among the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2006, 2018, and 2019.
- Margot Robbie was born in Dalby, in the state of Queensland. During her teenage years, Margot moved to Melbourne to pursue an acting career. Her Movies : “The Suicide Squad”, “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey”, “Bombshell”, “Focus”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, among others.
Heath Ledger was an Australian actor, photographer, and music video director. He was born in Perth, in the state of Western Australia. His breakthrough movie was “The Dark Knight” in the role as “Joker”, which made him become highly successful and popular among fans and critics.