Mel Gibson to direct new film in Australia
Mel Gibson’s next feature as director, US WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge, is to shoot in Australia, primarily on locations across New South Wales.
The announcement was made by the NSW state government’s Deputy Premier and Arts Minister, Troy Grant and Industry, Resources and Energy Minister, Anthony Roberts.
CEO of Ausfilm Debra Richards said: “Earlier this year, Ausfilm hosted the film’s director, Mel Gibson, on a location scout across three states as part of Ausfilm’s annual Familiarisation Program targeting international filmmakers.
“The production team toured Australia’s sound stages, leading post, sound and visual effects studios in addition to meeting with key crew and creatives. The film’s producer, Bill Mechanic (President/CEO of Pandemonium) is well acquainted with Australia having recently shot the feature film The Moon and The Sun and 2:22.
“We are delighted that through this location scout the production team found the right location for the story. Hacksaw Ridge represents a welcomed economic boost to local screen production businesses and the wider economy.”
The film commences production in September and will be based at Fox Studios Australia.
For more on filming in Australia, head over to our production guide.
Mel Gibson photo courtesy of Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage/Getty Images.