Film projects keep rolling in for the Sunshine State, with another massive movie locked in for filming on the Gold Coast.
‘True Spirit’ will tell the story of Jessica Watson, the 16-year-old Queenslander who circumnavigated the world in a yacht on a solo mission back in 2009.
The long-awaited screen adaption of Watson’s record-breaking voyage will be produced by Netflix, with backing from the Queensland Government via Screen Queensland.
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It’s estimated to inject $24 million into the state economy and create more than 300 jobs for Queensland cast, crew and extras.
It’ll be filmed at Village Roadshow Studios here on the Gold Coast, as well as various locations through South East Queensland and Sydney.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland was the natural home for True Spirit—the story of a true national hero who was born and bred in South East Queensland.
“Back in 2009 and 2010 when Jessica was battling the high seas and never giving up, we all watched on—captivated and inspired by her bravery, her know-how and her tenacity.
“My Government is proud to have secured yet another screen production for Queensland, evidence that the production bonanza is gathering more momentum as word spreads about the multiple benefits of filming in our great state.
“Pandemic or no pandemic, we know that international production companies love making movies and television here—for the ease, the range of locations, the weather, our competitive incentives, and world-class talent and crews,” the Premier said.
‘True Spirit’ will be the second feature film that Netflix chose Queensland for its production location following ‘Escape from Spiderhead’ which starred Chris Hemsworth,
It was filmed last year at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as locations in The Whitsundays, Jacobs Well, Arundel and Tallebudgera Valley.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said that Jessica’s story will strike a chord with audiences across Australia and the world.
“After a highly successful shoot on Escape from Spiderhead, Screen Queensland is delighted to welcome Netflix back to Queensland for this epic movie about a well-loved Australian hero.
“Initially attracted to Queensland for our COVID-safe status, now producers are saying how much they want to return and make more projects here—for the locations, depth and skill of our crews, competitive incentives and all-round positive experience of working in Queensland,” Ms Munnich said.