New Australia-China co-prod to film in Queensland
A new Australia-China co-production feature is set to spend around AU$10m filming on location in Queensland, Australia.
Production starts on the movie At Last in July. The film will tell the story of a Chinese couple who become entangled in an elaborate art heist while visiting Australia.
At Last will be the eighth Australia-China co-production made since a film treaty was agreed between the two countries in 2008, and the fourth since 2015.
“We have been building the Australia China Film Industry Exchange in partnership with Screen Australia and the Australian Embassy in Beijing for the last seven years,” said Debra Richards, CEO of Ausfilm.
“More recently Ausfilm and its members, with the support of the embassy, have brought an annual delegation of Chinese filmmakers to Australia to see the locations, the state-of-the-art facilities, studios and services, and to meet with Australia’s world renowned technicians, crew and talent – essentially to experience all that Australia has to offer.”
Last summer Jackie Chan’s action comedy Bleeding Steel became the biggest Chinese film ever to shoot in Australia and in the past few weeks TV series Speed, from Beijing-based Ciwen MediaTV, shot on location in Adelaide.
“At Last has come to Queensland as a direct result of the Queensland government’s AU$30m screen industry funding injection over four years,” said Tracey Vieira, CEO of Screen Queensland.
“The film will showcase a range of Queensland locations and will be the setting for this film which has the potential to grow tourism from China into our state.
“Queensland producers have been working extensively to build relationships with Chinese producers and it is fantastic to see another official co-production in our state.”
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