News 30.05.16

BACK-TO-BACK PRODUCTION IN QUEENSLAND



Queensland, Australia’s northern most state is continuing the back-to-back run of productions with feature film Jungle wrapping in mid-May as Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok went into pre-production at Village Roadshow Studios and mini-series Hoges went into pre-production in Brisbane.

Jungle is a psychological thriller based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s memoir about his trip to the Amazon and stars Daniel Radcliffe. Australian director Greg McLean has brought the script to screen with Arclight Films packaging the film and handling worldwide sales.

Hoges is based on the life story of Paul Hogan, best known in the USA for his portrayal of Crocodile Dundee. The series will air on Channel Seven in Australia and is being produced by FremantleMedia.

Thor: Ragnarok will be the first film to utilise the 40,000 square foot sound stage at Village Roadshow Studios that officially opened on May 27, 2016. With the new stage, Village Roadshow has become the largest sound stage facility in the country.

Other films which have recently completed shoots in Queensland include Sony’s The Shallows starring Blake Lively which completed significant water shots in the almost 13,000 square foot outdoor tank. It is one of three water tanks in the complex.

Legendary Pictures, Kong: Skull Island also utilised the studios as well as the dense jungle that is in close proximity to the stage complex. They undertook a complex build inside the sound stages as well as filming across a diverse range of locations on the Gold Coast.

Dangerous spiders buried for 2000 years will come to life in Nest, which was another recent international co-production to shoot in Queensland. The Arclight Films production was written and directed by Kimble Rendall and stars Li Bingbing (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Kellan Lutz and Kelsey Grammar.

Queensland offers a range of incentives to attract production as well as post, digital and visual effects. A deep pool of crew, actors and facilities make filming in Queensland world-class.