The Gold Coast continues to benefit from Screen Queensland’s production attraction strategy, with another film secured.
‘The Portable Door’ is a fantasy adventure comedy, which will be produced by Brisbane-based Todd Fellman from Story Bridge Films, and Lisa Henson and Blanca Lista from The Jim Henson Company.
It will be filmed at Pinnacle Studios on the Gold Coast and is set to contribute an estimated $15 million to the state economy as well as 200 local jobs.
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The production will bring more big stars our way, including Christoph Waltz, Sam Neill, Patrick Gibson, Sophie Wilde, Miranda Otto, Rachel House, Chris Pang, Jessica DeGouw and Damon Herriman.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s more fantastic news for the economy.
“This is what it means to have a mature and booming screen industry in this state, with Queensland creatives at the helm, working in partnership with global production companies to make films for an international market,” the Premier said.
“Talented creatives like Todd Fellman and Jeffrey Walker are part of a burgeoning trend for large-scale projects to be made in our state, with the help of incentives provided by my Government via Screen Queensland.
“The Portable Door is another major boost for the Gold Coast, which is a hive of film and TV activity right now with Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives in production, The Wilds Season 2 filming at Village Roadshow Studios and Fremantle’s Taylor’s Island also filming on the Gold Coast in the near future.”
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich says it’s been a long time coming for this project, which has been in development for more than six years.
“The Portable Door has been a true labour of love for Brisbane-based producer Todd Fellman, whose production company Story Bridge Films boasts a long line of feature credits, many of which have been supported by Screen Queensland.
“Todd has worked hard over many years as a Queensland-based producer and it’s encouraging to see him team up with The Jim Henson Company to make this epic feature film, set in a timeless world with a dazzling array of fantastical characters including Sam Neill as a shape-shifting goblin,” Ms Munnich said.
Producer Todd Fellman said he was excited to finally be in production on this very special project.
“Leon Ford’s wonderful script has helped us attract an amazing cast and creative team led by our exceptional director, Jeffery Walker.
“Lisa, Blanca and I are all deeply grateful for the support of Screen Queensland, which extends right back to the start of development.
“They have been a critical partner in helping us bring to the screen, what we promise will be a wildly entertaining film that showcases our extraordinary local talent and finds its own unique place within the incredible world of The Jim Henson Company,” Mr Fellman said.