$50m Perth film studio within three years?
Perth could have its very own film studio in three years’ time if plans by British firm Extraordinary Group and Australian production company Impian films go ahead. The studio would be the first of its kind for Western Australia and is expected to feature three sound stages, office space and a hotel.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Extraordinary CEO Chris Samwells said he is also eyeing a studio facility in Spain, making both facilities the first two of six eco-friendly micro studios around the world.
Samwells told THR: "We want to have a small imprint, about 30,000 sq mt. That will ensure a small physical impact. And we will recycle water and become part of the community unlike other studios."
Costing a total of $300m (AUD) and taking advantage of production tax credits, the venture partners are hoping to get final planning approvals by next year and aim to open the Perth facility in 2016, which will be located at Murdoch University.
Recent productions to have shot in Australia include Baz Lurmann’s The Great Gatsby, which filmed predominantly in and around Sydney. The film starring Leonardo Di Caprio and used the Fox Studios facility in Moore Park as well as locations in Balmain and Manly for exterior scenes.
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