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US drama The Leftovers to film in Australia

Returning US drama series The Leftovers will film part of its third season in Australia.

The show began in New York before relocating to Texas for its second season. The third will begin in the Lone Star State before switching to Australia as both a setting and a filming location, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Leftovers (pictured) tells the story of how humanity copes with the sudden and unexplained disappearance of 2% of the world’s population. While never a ratings winner, the show has been sustained by critical acclaim.

Producers shooting in Australia can access various filming incentives for international shoots and the country also offers one-off payments to help attract big-budget studio productions. Nonetheless, the government has long been under pressure to increase its Location Offset support, which is worth 16.5% of eligible local spend. 

Australian production designer Owen Paterson, most recently a veteran of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, has become the latest big industry name to call for a boost to Australia’s formal filming incentive programme.

“We have a very good rebate system now,” Paterson told the Sydney Morning Herald. “But in comparison to how the system works in Atlanta, Georgia, or in the United Kingdom, we need to re-address how the process works.

“The British have really developed a highly successful mechanism for generating income for the country by subsidising the making of essentially American films in the UK. And the same with Georgia, where the governor told us they'd earned $US1.5bn from film production coming to their state.”

Marvel will in fact shoot Thor: Ragnarok in Australia later this year. The studio’s parent company Disney filmed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on location in Queensland last year. 

For more on filming in Australia see our production guide.

Image: HBO

 



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