NSW SCREEN PRODUCTION BOOSTED BY $2.5M INVESTMENT AS ACADEMY AWARD TALENT COMES TO TOWN
Minister for the Arts Don Harwin has announced a $2.5 million investment in screen productions throughout NSW, as Academy Award talent comes to Sydney.
He said that recent Australian successes at the Emmys, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals have highlighted the quality of home-grown talent both behind and in front of the cameras.
The announcement of 16 new projects comes at a time when Academy Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, and Academy Award-nominated director Bruce Beresford both in Sydney to film separate projects supported by the NSW Government (Little Monsters and Ladies in Black respectively).
“These new productions will create 1,428 new jobs in the screen industry, and generate spending of $43.7m across NSW,” Mr Harwin said.
“The benefits will flow both to metro and regional areas, where investment will bring positive knock-on impacts to the economy, tourism and local pride.
“I am also pleased to announce that our two-year $20m commitment to the Made in NSW fund has now enabled the creation of 20 productions, which without our support would have gone to other states or have never been made,” Mr Harwin said.
Productions include a new feature from Lion and Top of the Lake producers See Saw Films; Seven’s drama series Australian Gangster; plus Jungle’s ABC Comedy Squinters, starring performer Tim Minchin and Academy Award-nominee Jacki Weaver.
International features supported by the Made in NSW funding include the upcoming animation Peter Rabbit; a Chinese miniseries Chosen, Pacific Rim: Uprising and post production on Spider-Man: Homecoming. TV drama recipients include Ten’s Wake In Fright, the ABC’s Mystery Road series, Screentime’s The Secret Daughter, FX Australia’s Mr Inbetween and the latest series of ABC’s Rake and Nine’s Doctor, Doctor.