Australia’s screen production recovery was boosted today with the announcement of two of Netflix’s main titles – feature films and series – to be filmed locally for $ 21.58 million in support of the Morrison Government Location Incentive program.
The Minister for Communications, Cybersecurity and the Arts, Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said this latest investment will inject about $ 160 million into the economy and create 770 local jobs.
“This work will be carried out in a wide variety of areas – from carpenters, lighting technicians and background designers to actors, crew and special effects teams,” said Minister Fletcher.
“Australia’s world-class production sector is renowned for its hard work and production will support hundreds of jobs – from carpenters, lighting technicians and background designers to actors, crew and special effects teams.
“This is also an exciting opportunity for locals to work alongside domestic growing stars including Chris Hemsworth and our own Toni Collette, who have brought Australia to the world stage,” said Minister Fletcher.
Escape from Spiderhead, the Netflix film featuring Chris Hemsworth, and directed by Joseph Kosinski (Top Gun: Maverick, Tron Legacy, and Oblivion) is set in the near future, in which two young inmates grapple with their pasts at a facility run by a brilliant visionary, who experimented on inmates with emotion-altering drugs. Filming will take place on the Gold Coast, starting in November.
Pieces of Her, an eight-episode Netflix series starring Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Toni Collette, is set in a sleepy Georgian city where random acts of violence spark a series of unexpected events. Australian Bruna Papandrea (Wild, Big Little Lies, The Undoing) is executive producer on the series. Production will take place at Homebush, in New South Wales, starting in January.
Toni Collette said, “Given the challenges facing the film and television industry this year at a global level, I am very pleased that producers and Netflix can move Pieces of Her to film in Australia so that production can stay on track and this story can be told. Personally, for me, it has also brought with it great joy to shooting at home in Australia. “
Debra Richards, APAC Production Policy Director for Netflix, said, “We greatly appreciate the Australian Government’s support through the Location Incentive program, together with the Queensland and New South Wales governments, and the City of Gold Coast, to secure this production that will make a significant contribution to the display industry. and the Australian economy. We are looking forward to working with more of Australia’s great talent and crew, as well as award-winning production services businesses. “
Escape from Spiderhead and Pieces of Her is supported under a $ 400 million push from the Australian Government to Location Incentives to create an international project pathway during recovery from COVID-19, which will generate tens of thousands of Australian jobs in the screen industry over the next seven years.
The government recently announced the live-action feature film Blacklight starring Liam Neeson will be produced in Victoria thanks to the Location Incentive program.