Two Australian feature films confirmed for Victoria

Melbourne has secured two Australian feature films estimated to bring a combined $35 million in production expenditure to Victoria and employ around 430 Victorians.

Popbot, based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel series by Ashley Wood and TP Louise, will be produced by Resolution Independent’s Pete Ford and Media Funds Management’s James M. Vernon and Kristy Vernon. Finance has been arranged by MFM. The post-modern science fiction film, to be shot at Docklands Studios Melbourne, will combine live action with motion capture technology and 3D character animation. Production is scheduled for the second half of 2011.

John Doe, from John Doe Productions and Woodburn Sweitzer Management, will be produced by Kristy Vernon and Keith Sweitzer and directed by Kelly Dolen. James M. Vernon will executive produce, with MFM representing investors. The film follows, through a series of video diaries, an accused vigilante whose actions have divided communities worldwide. John Doe will be shot on location throughout Melbourne from May 2011.

Popbot and John Doe are two of several Australian productions that have recently chosen Melbourne, joining feature films Gary McKendry’s The Killer Elite and Fred Schepisi’s The Eye of the Storm, both coming soon to cinemas, and Robert Connolly’s A View From the Bridge, scheduled to start filming later this year.