Queensland’s creative screen industry set for international success with $30 million injection
Queensland is set to lure new screen productions and develop world class screen content with a $30 million injection to Screen Queensland over four years, Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today.
“As the state’s screen industry profile continues to rise, this investment will support a pipeline of large scale film and high end television products to ensure Queensland remains competitive in attracting international production and also enabling local producers and creatives to showcase their productions to the world,” she said.
“This will ensure our world class infrastructure, including the brand new super stage at Village Roadshow Studios, is used to capacity, delivering jobs for our skilled screen industry workforce.
“It will ensure our own local storytellers can make high quality productions in Queensland, including our own stories, with this investment ensuring there is a depth of crew, the best facilities and the creative talent right here in our State.
“There is also an enormous opportunity to leverage the success of our film industry and showcase our destinations to an international audience, inspiring more visitors to experience Queensland,” she said
“This significant investment over four years provides greater certainty for the industry with most productions planned several years in advance, and productions have already benefited with this funding made available in 2015/16.”
The Premier said her discussions with major studios for future production were ongoing.
“Queensland is in a prime position to attract new production following a series of successful meetings with studio heads at Disney, Marvel, and Warner Brothers as part of my trade mission last week to attract global investment,” the Premier said.
“These major studios recognise Queensland’s capacity to support large budget international productions with our top crew, talent and unparalleled locations.
“Blockbuster productions deliver significant economic and tourism benefits for Queensland.
“In 2015-2016 Queensland welcomed international productions including Columbia Picture’s The Shallows, The Nest 3D, Jungle, and Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island.
“Already for 2015-16, through investments made in local and international production, Queensland Production Expenditure is estimated to deliver a direct economic spent of $218 million which is the highest since the 2002-03 record year of $233 million,” she said.
“Building on this momentum, I’m delighted that my Government invested in a brand new super stage at Village Roadshow Studios with Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok the first production to film there, commencing in July.
“This new stage, which is the largest in the southern hemisphere, demonstrates Queensland’s commitment to provide world class facilities for the local and international film and television industry that will ultimately create jobs and drive economic benefit for the long term.
The Premier said building partnerships with studios continued to pay off for Queensland.
“Disney had a positive experience filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Queensland and the studio let me know they’d recommended Queensland as a destination to other productions.
“My trade mission to Los Angeles in 2015 then set the wheels in motion to securing Thor: Ragnarok.
“It is my priority to continue building partnerships between Queensland and major studios to attract large productions and to take our productions to the world,” the Premier said.
“These partnerships, along with the $30 million funding, mean jobs for Queensland, jobs for the tourism industry and jobs for our screen industry.”
“Showcasing Queensland destinations to an international audience inspires more visitors to experience our natural beauty,” she said.