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A Wrinkle in Time filming in New Zealand

QueenstownDisney’s fantasy movie A Wrinkle in Time has started a few weeks of location filming in New Zealand with director Ava DuVernay.

Filming has begun around Queenstown, a popular and scenic part of the country’s South Island.

A Wrinkle in Time is filming primarily in California and was recently approved for incentive support of nearly $20m to film in the US state – the highest payment of its kind for several years.

New Zealand continues to appeal to international producers, with American fantasy drama Shannara also in the country filming its second series.

The country offers a base 20% filming incentive through its New Zealand Screen Production Grant, and an additional 5% uplift is available for particularly high-spending shoots. 

Recent high-profile films have included Pete’s Dragon, which mainly doubled the Otago region of South Island for the Pacific Northwest area of the US, while Derek Cianfrance’s period romance The Light Between Oceans used New Zealand as a stand-in for remote locations in Western Australia. 

In the past year a live-action version of action story Ghost in the Shell recreated Tokyo in Wellington, and James Cameron is scheduled to start filming a series of Avatar follow-ups from a base in Wellington in the next few months.