ScreenLit provides information-rich records about Australian cinema productions (including short and feature films, documentaries, and animated films) and television programs (including made-for-television movies, series, mini-series, serials and documentaries).
Originally funded by a research infrastructure grant from The University of Queensland, the project was established by Professors Tom O'Regan, Frances Bonner, Associate Professor Jason Jacobs, and Kerry Kilner. ScreenLit represents a comprehensive scholarly approach to concentrating the detail about screenwriters, screenplays, published and unpublished manuscripts, original works, and adaptations of literary works in one resource. Biographical information on the writers, editors, directors, producers, and production companies is also provided, where known.
Each film and television entry in the dataset may comprise information about the screenplay, including an abstract or synopsis, publication details, and historical notes, and, where relevant, links to other websites, such as the National Film and Sound Archive and Australian Screen (with online access to clips from selected works).
Chronologically, the resource begins with the emergence of Australian film production in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Details regarding the finished film or television program also accompany most entries, with information typically including directors, producers, production companies, finance organisations, composers, directors of photography, film editors, production designers, film locations, any awards won, and release dates.
ScreenLit is the outcome of the Australian Film and Television Resource (AFTR) project. It provides evidence to suggest that it is an economic necessity for Australian writers to be proficient in a diverse range of writing forms.