Press 16.11.21

WHAT INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN SECURED TO FILM IN AUSTRALIA?



Since the Australian Government’s introduction of the Location Incentive grant, Australia has secured 27 international film and television productions to film across Australia. These are listed below.

WHY ALL THE INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS?

In May 2018, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher announced the introduction of the Location Incentive grant.

The Location Incentive grant is a merit-assessed grant, where funding may be offered up to 13.5% of a project’s Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure. This grant complements and is addition to, the Government’s existing 16.5% Location Offset tax rebate. 

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government topped up the Location Incentive grant with AU$400 million in July 2020, with the intent to attract more international production and a consistent pipeline of this type of large, high-value films and television series to Australia. This translates to thousands of jobs and supports the growth and innovation of the Australian film and television sector.

There have been seventeen international productions attracted to Australia since this announcement in July 2020 and a further ten international productions announced between 2018 – 2019 when the grant was first introduced.  The Location Incentive grant total is AU$540 million for eligible projects commencing from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2027. Eligibility here.

To date, under the Location Incentive, the Morrison Government has distributed more than AU$256 million to attract 27 international productions to Australia. This has generated more than AU$1.98 billion in private investment and provided more than 17,400 employment opportunities for local cast and crew. The Incentive has also created work for over 16,000 businesses which have provided support to these international productions. 

Find a full list of international productions attracted to Australia since 1999 in Ausfilm’s Filmography here.

Whilst Australia has handled the management of COVID-19 cases well and case numbers are very low by world standards, the Location Incentive grant is the key driver in the significant increase in attracting offshore international production to Australia.

HOW AUSTRALIAN STATE GOVERNMENTS CAN SUPPORT PRODUCTION

Australian State Governments also play a vital role in helping to attract these productions by providing screen tax rebates or grants to eligible international film and television projects. Indeed this is part of the eligibility criteria when applying for the Location Incentive grant, that state government support must be secured before applying for the Location Incentive grant.

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS ATTRACTED TO AUSTRALIA SINCE JULY 2020

Screen New South Wales 

1. TV series – God’s Favorite Idiot (Netflix)

2. TV series – Pieces of Her (Made Up Stories/Netflix)

Film Victoria

3. Feature film – Blacklight  (US Producer Mark Williams & Australia’s Lightstream Productions)

4. TV series – La Brea (Matchbox Pictures, NBCUniversal, Universal Television)

5. Feature – Woody Woodpecker (Universal 1440 Entertainment)

South Australian Film Corporation

6. TV series – The Tourist (BBC One, Stan and Australian Producer Lisa Scott)

Screen Queensland

7. TV series – Australian Survivor Season 6 (Endemol Shine)

8. Feature film – Thirteen Lives (Imagine Entertainment)

9. Feature film – Escape from Spiderhead (Netflix)

10. TV series – Young Rock (Universal Television and Australian based production company Matchbox Pictures, part of NBCUniversal International Studios)

11. TV series  – Joe Exotic (Universal Content Productions & Matchbox Pictures)

12. TV series – Irreverent (NBCUniversal International Studios & Matchbox Pictures)

13. TV series – The Wilds Season 2 (Amazon Studios/ABC Signature part of Disney Television Studios)

14. Feature film – Ticket to Paradise (Working Title/Universal Pictures)

15. TV series – Nautilus (Disney+/Moonriver TV/Seven Stories)

16. TV series – Australian Survivor Season 7 (Endemol Shine)

17. TV series – Young Rock Season 2 (Universal Television and Australian based production company Matchbox Pictures, part of NBCUniversal International Studios)

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTIONS ATTRACTED TO AUSTRALIA WHEN THE LOCATION INCENTIVE GRANT WAS INTRODUCED – MAY 2018

Screen New South Wales 

  1. Feature Film – Thor: Love and Thunder – (Marvel Studios)

2. Feature Film – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Marvel Studios 

Film Victoria

6. TV series – Clickbait – (Matchbox Pictures/NBCUniversal/Netflix) directed and written by Australian Tony Ayres 

7. TV series – Shantaram – (Paramount Television/AppleTV/Anonymous Content)

8. The Rangers Apprentice – Dick Cook Studios

9. The Alchemyst – Dick Cook Studios due to start in Victoria in 2022 

10. Preacher Season 4 – Sony TV/AMC completed filming in Victoria in 2019

Screen Queensland

3. Feature Film – Love and Monsters – (Paramount Pictures)

4. TV series – Reef Break Season 1 (ABC Network – America)

5. Feature Film – Godzilla vs Kong (Legendary Entertainment/Warner Bros.)