ScreenLit is the outcome of the Australian Film and Television Resource (AFTR) project, which was established with a view to incorporating scripts and screenplays into the record of the working life of Australian writers.
The impact of this project has been to more overtly and accurately reflect within AustLit the significant role that writers of Australian films and television programs play in helping to express ideas about Australian people, identities, and behaviour. Additionally, this subset provides evidence that suggests the economic necessity for Australian writers to be proficient in a diverse range of writing forms.
ScreenLit provides biographical information on screenwriters and presents critical and historical insights into their works. Details relating to any productions emanating from these scripts are similarly documented in the new ‘Film notes’ section initiated by this project. These details are lodged at the bottom of the record behind the ‘Show film details’ button. Another result of the AFTR project is the access made available to other online resources. The AustLit records for the screenplays covered by this project are now resource gateways, providing access to video and audio files, full-text resources, academic publications, and both private and institutional websites devoted to Australian film and television.