Peter Rabbit movie films Sydney as the UK
Sony Pictures’ new movie adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit filmed locations in Sydney, Australia, as the UK.
Potter’s original book was published at the turn of the 20th century and pits the rebellious Peter Rabbit against malevolent farmer Mr McGregor.
For the movie, producers built a set of Mr McGregor’s country estate on a 75-acre back lot in Centennial Park, eastern Sydney.
The city’s Central railway station doubled for Paddington in central London.
The film was supported by Create NSW, which offers a AU$20m regional fund to encourage international features and TV shows to base themselves in New South Wales.
“To see Sydney double for England’s luscious Lake District area, just minutes away from our biggest film studio, is quite a feat!” said Sophia Zachariou, director of sector investment for Create NSW.
“The crew did an incredible job. The film involved a cast and crew of nearly 700 working across a shoot of 50 days before post-production began and we’re excited by everything we’ve seen so far.”
Over the past year the Made in NSW film fund has also brought action sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising to Sydney, which features Star Wars actor John Boyega.
New South Wales’ studio facilities make it a major appeal for international producers, with Sydney having also hosted filming for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi prequel Alien: Covenant. Queensland is Sydney’s main regional competitor and has been home to Hollywood movies including Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok and Aquaman, from Warner Bros/DC.
See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Australia.
Image: Sony Pictures