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Queensland film spending passes $160m

Kong Skull IslandInternational production spending in Queensland, Australia, reached $164m in 2016, according to new government figures.

Marvel’s superhero sequel Thor: Ragnarok, monster movie Kong: Skull Island and shark attack survival feature The Shallows were among the high-profile international productions that shot in the north-east Australian state.

Kong: Skull Island (pictured) spent $15m in Queensland, while The Shallows channelled $20m into the local economy.

Big-spending international feature shoots for this year will include Pacific Rim: Uprising (formerly Pacific Rim: Maelstrom) and superhero movie Aquaman.

“Our studios offer the biggest sound stage in the southern hemisphere and Australia’s largest purpose-built water tank. It is not only our physical assets that attracted the Aquaman production to Queensland as we believe that our crew and creatives are the best in the business,” said Annastacia Palaszczuk, premier of Queensland, when Aquaman was first announced for local filming.

Australia’s main filming incentive for international features is a 16.5% location offset. Major productions tend to shoot in either Sydney or Queensland, which offer the biggest studio facilities in addition to local financial incentives. 

Smaller TV shoots – like US drama The Leftovers – have filmed at Docklands Studios in Melbourne, which offers five stages.

The Australian government remains under pressure to increase the location offset to make the country more internationally competitive.  

Image: Warner Bros.

 



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