News 15.04.19

THE AUSTRALIAN CITY LEADING A DOUBLE LIFE



While Melbourne is currently being filmed as itself in the fourth and final series of US TV hit Preacher, it’s the city’s ability to represent other places and other times that has long made it a popular destination for filmmakers.

Melbourne and its surrounding regions are particularly good at masquerading as North America, having doubled for 1900s San Jose in Winchester, Seattle airport in The Leftovers, the Midwest in Childhood’s End, Cleveland and New York in Predestination, 1950s Maine in Charlotte’s Web, and Texas in Ghost Rider.

Melbourne is fantastic. It could double for anything.

Mark Steven Johnson, Writer/Director, Ghost Rider

In Knowing, Melbourne’s Lonsdale and Collins Streets doubled as the bustling streets of Boston and New York – providing the perfect backdrop for action star Nicolas Cage’s mission to prevent the end of the world.

Staged mayhem comes to Lonsdale Street during filming of Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage.

Got a script that traverses the globe? Melbourne’s mix of heritage, mod, art deco and contemporary streetscapes provide the perfect backdrop for destination doubling.  

US TV series Hunters took its audience from Baltimore to Turkey to Colombia without leaving Melbourne, while Killer Elite – set in the UK, Oman, Dubai and Paris in the 1980s – was also largely filmed in Melbourne.

We turned Melbourne into Paris, Dubai and London, it is the perfect city.

Steve Chasman, Executive Producer, Killer Elite

Killer Elite saw the northern end of Melbourne’s Little Collins Street and Spring Street double for Paris’ iconic streets, while Flagstaff station required little work to look like an underground Paris metro station. Filming in the underground station, featuring Hollywood star Robert de Niro, was made possible by Melbourne’s film friendly approach to permits and access.

For more information on Victoria’s production incentives and filming locations, including how Melbourne can transform itself for your next project, contact:
Joe Brinkmann
Manager, Production Attraction & Support
[email protected]
www.film.vic.gov.au