Chinese filmmakers scout Australia as Jackie Chan preps shoot
A delegation of Chinese filmmakers has scouted filming locations and production infrastructure across Australia while Hong Kong-born action star Jackie Chan preps a major shoot in Sydney.
The location scouting trip was a formal familiarisation tour for Chinese filmmakers.
A central long-term aim is to encourage more Australia-China co-productions, and to get more Chinese films not only to shoot in Australia but also to complete their visual effects and post-production work in the country.
The trip was organised by the Australian film promotion partnership Ausfilm, the Australian Embassy in Beijing and Village Roadshow Pictures Asia. Six separate regional Australian film bodies were involved with supporting the tour.
“Filmmakers from Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, Perfect World Pictures, Tang Media Capital, Heyi Pictures and one of China’s leading screenwriters, and representatives of award-winning Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s production company all have exciting projects that are seeking potential Australian locations or post-production and visual effects services,” said Debra Richards, chief executive officer of Ausfilm.
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Heyi Pictures are co-producers on Jackie Chan’s upcoming crime drama Bleeding Steel, which is scheduled to start filming this month in Sydney. It is one of the biggest Chinese productions ever to shoot in Australia.
“As a young film production company with great ambitions, we are delighted to partner with Village Roadshow Pictures Asia on our biggest international project to date,” said Liu Kailuo, president of Heyi Pictures, when Bleeding Steel was announced recently.
“We look forward to working together to help Asia’s most iconic star bring his supercharged magic to one of Asia’s most iconic cities.”
Village Roadshow in fact has a strong Australian presence, with a studio facility in Queensland that last year hosted Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It’s currently home to Marvel’s superhero sequel Thor: Ragnarok.
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