Big Budget Productions Head to Australia’s Gold Coast

Two new major international productions will be filmed on the Gold Coast thanks to funding from the Australian Government.

Godzilla v Kong, a feature film by Legendary Entertainment, and Reef Break, a 13 episode series by Disney ABC International Television, will kick off production this year.

The AUD$16 million in funding is provided under the Location Incentive programme, which is designed to attract international feature films to Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was thrilled the first two grants were awarded to such major projects on the Gold Coast.

“These projects will bring hundreds of jobs to the Gold Coast and further cement its’ reputation as one of the best places in the world to make movies.

“I’ve visited some of the businesses that service the film industry on the Gold Coast and they are the best at what they do.

“We want to keep securing big projects like these ones, so local businesses can thrive and keep employing Australians.”

Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield said this support will bring investment of more than $100 million to the Australian economy.

“This is one of the ways the Government is boosting small business and creating the conditions for growth in the economy. These productions would not be investing in Australia without these grants.

“They will use the services of over 1600 Australian businesses, as well as directly employing more than 1,300 Australians,” said Minister Fifield.

“Our stunning landscape will encourage tourism and our talented industry will inspire other projects to film here,” said Minister Fifield.

Jay Ashenfelter, Creative Executive of Legendary Entertainment said Legendary Entertainment is thrilled to be returning to Australia with Godzilla vs Kong.

“The incredible crews, facilities and locations Australia offers make for an ideal production location,” he said.

ABC Studios International is part of The Walt Disney Company that has brought the productions, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Thor: Ragnarok to Queensland.

“Having filmed the Harrow series in Brisbane, we appreciate the skills of the Australian crew and actors and look forward to showcasing Australia’s stunning locations to the world,” said Keli Lee, Managing Director, International Content, Platform and Talent, ABC Studios International.

The Location Incentive is designed to complement the Australian Government’s existing Location Offset, providing an effective increase in the tax offset rate from 16.5 per cent to 30 per cent for eligible large budget international productions that film in Australia, and are successful through the application process.

Industry body Ausfilm welcomed the announcement with CEO Debra Richards saying, “Ausfilm celebrates the Government’s decision, this will be a tremendous boost to the Australian businesses in the industry and helps to secure jobs for Australia’s crews, technicians, cast, studios, VFX and post-production facilities and all the businesses that benefit from large scale international productions like these. Without the Government’s competitive incentives these productions would have gone elsewhere.”

Debra Richards says the announcement is timely, as Ausfilm, the peak national member organisation  representing Australian film and television services’ companies, prepares for its 10th annual Ausfilm Week in Los Angeles. This year Ausfilm celebrates its 20th year and will lead its biggest delegation of over 40 representatives from 28 of Australia’s leading film and television businesses and federal and state government screen agencies to Los Angeles from 21 to 26 October.

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