The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Brown stars in film tax break thriller

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ACTOR Bryan Brown has helped secure the future of Australian big screen movies by lobbying the federal government to dump plans to cut a much-needed tax break which added more than $300m to the economy each year.

The government had proposed lifting a tax break, called the producer offset rate for drama and documentar­y content for television and streaming platforms from 20 per cent to 30 per cent of a production’s budget.

It also mooted reducing another tax break, the 40 per cent producer offset rate for Australian feature films with a theatrical release, down to 30 per cent of a movie’s budget.

He warned the queue of overseas production­s coming here could end once COVID was gone. After talks with Arts Minister Paul Fletcher — along with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg — Brown got what he wanted.

The Sunday Mail can reveal the federal government will not only reinstate the 40 per cent producer offset rate but also extend the $50m Temporary Interrupti­on Fund that covers losses from COVID by another six months.

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