Premier secures blockbuster deal to film Dora The Explorer on the Gold Coast

THE live-action feature film Dora The Explorer will be shot on the Gold Coast.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the news on Sunday morning.

The Premier managed to secure a deal to film the Paramount Pictures production on the Gold Coast at the 11th hour on Saturday.


It’ll be shot at Movie World, using Village Roadshow Studios’ $15.5 million Sound Stage 9.

Ms Palaszczuk said the decision to provide competitive incentives to lure the production to the sunshine state came down to one thing – creating jobs.

“This isn’t only for our film industry workers it’s for all the other businesses we know benefit from big productions in Queensland,” the Premier said.

“Over the past three years my government has committed $30 million attracting movie makers to Queensland through our Production Attraction Fund, gaining more than $350 million of direct expenditure in our State.

“We will keep on pushing for screen jobs for our local crews and creatives and for productions that inject hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy and take our creative talent and our stunning Queensland locations, to screens around the world.”

President of Physical Production for Paramount Pictures Lee Rosenthal said the film studio was thrilled at the news.

“We could not be more thrilled to be bringing Dora to Queensland and to be able to deliver Queensland for our film,” he said.

“In Queensland, we are able to get outstanding crew, stages and a variety of jungle topography and city backdrops in essentially one place.”

The film will be directed by James Bobin whose films include The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted and Alice Through the Looking Glass, and will be due for release in August 2019.

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison had on Friday refused Ms Palaszczuk’s request to increase Paramount’s tax break from 16.5 cents to 30, similar to those granted to recent blockbuster productions like Thor: Ragnarok and Aquaman, so that the film studio could shoot the children’s movie in Queensland.

At the time, Mr Morrison said Queensland was “well placed to provide the necessary top-up grant” from the $20 million it had committed in 2017 to attract more productions.

Together, Thor: Ragnarok and Aquaman injected more than $245 million into the Queensland economy and created more than 3000 jobs during production in 2016 and 2017.

The Queensland Premier is yet to reveal exactly how much the latest deal to bring another major Hollywood production company to the Gold Coast will cost the state.

Opposition leader Deb Frecklington has urged the Premier to “come clean and tell Queenslanders how much of their hard-earned tax payer money is going to Hollywood billionaires”.

“Dora is not an economic plan,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The test for other projects is their ability to stand on their own two feet – so why is it different for multi-billion dollar Hollywood producers?”

“Queensland has the highest unemployment rate in Australia and Labor’s focus on Dora is a distraction.

“Queenslanders deserve better. They need a real economic plan.”