Thousands of jobs are expected to be created on the Gold Coast under a Federal Government plan to entice more major film productions down under.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been on the Glitter Strip today to unveil the $400 million package which will be rolled out over the next seven years.
“This is an investment in jobs, 8,000 jobs every year supported by this investment alone and that combined with the many other supports that are provided will mean that our film industry, our screen industry, will be a key part of our COVID recovery,” the Prime Minister said.
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“Behind these projects are thousands of workers that build and light the stages, that feed, house and cater for the huge cast and crew, and that bring the productions to life.
“This is backing thousands of Australians who make their living working in front of the camera and behind the scenes in the creative economy.”
The COVID-19 crisis has brought film production around the world to a grinding halt, but it’s hoped today’s announcement and Australia’s low infection rate will be an attractive option for producers.
Mr Morrison has revealed that there has already been interest from Hollywood heavyweights Jerry Bruckheimer and Ron Howard since the announcement was made.
“There is serious interest in basing films in Australia. We’ve already got Disney making films here, we’ve got the Marvel syndicate, we’ve got Paramount Studios.
“All these big studios know our potential and capability here in Australia and they’ve known for many years, but they also know this is a safe place to make a film.”
Earlier, the Prime Minister met with Baz Luhrmann at Village Roadshow’s Studios in Oxenford where preparations are underway to resume filming on the Elvis biopic.
Mr Morrison says he was encouraged by Baz’s “great passion.”
“What he is even more passionate about, he is proud of the jobs he creates and the productions he puts here in Australia, and so passionate about the further jobs that are going to come.”
Production on the Elvis movie was brought to a halt by coronavirus with star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson both diagnosed with COVID-19 on the Gold Coast.
It’s not clear when filming will resume with Hanks saying he hopes to be back in Australia before the end of the year.
However, co-star Austin Butler, who will play the role of Elvis, is already back on the Gold Coast after being spotted in Broadbeach numerous times over the last few weeks.