Jackie Chan to use NSW film fund in Australia
Actor and producer Jackie Chan will be the first to use a recently-launched New South Wales (NSW) film fund when he shoots Bleeding Steel in Sydney.
The AU$20m Made in NSW fund was announced in June and is intended to convince more international producers to film movies and high-end TV dramas in Sydney and elsewhere in New South Wales.
Bleeding Steel will be the biggest Chinese film ever to have shot in Australia. The production is scheduled to spend AU$20m locally and will create 200 jobs.
“Securing Bleeding Steel is a great win for NSW and the highly skilled jobs demanded by the screen industry will create hundreds of new opportunities for those young people who’ve undergone training for our creative industries,” said John Barilaro, minister for skills.
Chan’s shoot comes after a recent familiarisation trip across Australia that was organised for Chinese filmmakers in a bid to encourage more Australia-China co-productions.
Producers will have access to the Made in NSW fund until at least the end of the 2017/18 financial year. The support programme is available in addition to Australia’s federal filming incentives, which include a 16.5% Location Offset. Many in the production community are calling for this figure to be substantially increased.
Australia is currently enjoying a sustained surge in popularity as an international filming location, but many studio shoots like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Thor: Ragnarok have opted to base themselves in Queensland rather than New South Wales.
Authorities in New South Wales want to attract more high-profile productions like Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, which recently wrapped at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney. During the shoot producer Mark Huffam voiced his support for a boosted Location Offset to help make the country more competitive.
For more on filming in New South Wales see our production guide.