News 26.09.21

WESTERN AUSTRALIA WELCOMES ANOTHER FILM FRIENDLY CITY



Already a sought-after filming destination, the City of Albany in Western Australia’s Great Southern region is now officially Film Friendly.

After welcoming multiple productions including H is for Happiness, Breath, RAMS, Lockie Leonard and two seasons of ITCH, the city has streamlined its filming processes and appointed a Film Liaison Officer to create awareness, attract productions to the region and provide producers with a seamless experience across all stages of production. 

Amanda Morrison Head of Global Production and Managing Director of Komixx Entertainment, Australia shared her Top 5 Highlights from filming two seasons of popular kids TV series, ITCH, in and around Albany.

Producer Amanda Morrison on location at Albany’s Emu Point Beach, WA. Photographer David Dare Park. ©Komixx Entertainment

1. Picturesque & diverse locations that are really unique within town & an easy drive away

We were delighted to return to Albany as our fictional Seaburgh for ITCH Series 2 with our West Australian crew. 

Sunset at Middleton Beach, located in Albany. Image Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

This picturesque country town has the beaches, stunning natural vistas, coastlines and Australian bush landscapes to depict our environmental storyline and provide dramatic backdrops.

The Pines Lake Park. Photographer Ian Brodie

2. Access to support services & supplies, Albany’s local businesses have everything!

We needed a town big enough to have a school and infrastructure, but small enough to be the type of town where the community knows each other.  Albany provided the diversity of landscapes required to bring this story to life.  Coupled with the fact that Albany was just 5 hours south of Perth, production were thrilled to shoot in such a film friendly town.

Albany streetscape. Image Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

3. Support from The Great Southern Development Commission & the City of Albany, we even filmed in their offices!

As partners in the Western Australian Screen Fund (WASF) The Great Southern Development Commission understand the economical and cultural values of attracting productions to the region. They’ve supported projects such as Breath, Rams, H is for Happiness and more. Now officially Film Friendly the City of Albany has a dedicated Film Liaison Officer to assist with productions.

Stirling Terrace, Albany. Photographer Ian Brodie
Albany Senior Highschool. Photographer Ian Brodie

4. The locals – everyone is warm, helpful and understand the interruptions 

Bringing the circus to town can be both exciting and daunting for the community. Albany welcomed our crew with open arms and helped out wherever possible.

Behind the scenes shooting Keala Kern (Chloe) at Albany’s Echo Point Beach, WA. Photographer David Dare Park. ©Komixx Entertainment

5. Fantastic coffee at Gourmandise & Co and lots of beautiful beaches to enjoy – Two Peoples Bay

Productions function off good coffee (and food!). Albany has so many wonderful spots to fill up or unwind. It doesn’t have to be all about work either, Albany or the Great Southern have plenty of beautiful beachs to enjoy!  Only 35km (21 miles) east of Albany, Two Peoples Bay is a true highlight. 

Aerial view of Little Beach, Albany. Image Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said being officially part of the Screenwest program builds on the great work that has already been done in this space across the region.
“We have seen what Albany can offer producers through the likes of the H is for Happiness movie and children’s television show, ITCH,” he said.

“Albany has so many picturesque locations that all offer something unique. We want to make sure filmmakers get the most out of their time here by offering local knowledge as well as concise and transparent service.”

Dennis Wellington, Mayor of Albany

ITCH Series 2 premiered on ABCME on 17 September 2021, currently streaming in Australia on ABC iview.

About Film Friendly:

Screenwest’s Film Friendly Western Australia Initiative includes a range of resources about Filming in Western Australia, as well as a training program to assist the Western Australian regional development commissions; local governments, tourism associations, chambers of commerce, stakeholders and partners that will smooth the path for incoming filmmakers.

For more information on Filming in Western Australia, please contact Screenwest’s Production Attraction & Services Manager Gabrielle Cole:
T: +61 8 6169 2100
E: [email protected] or visit their website
Film in Western Australia

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