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New film studio opens in Brisbane

AquamanScreen Queensland has opened a new A$12m adapted film studio in state capital Brisbane.

Former cotton sheds in the Brisbane suburb of Hemmant – just under 10 miles from the city centre – have been converted into Screen Queensland Studios that include a pair of 65,000-sq-ft sound stages, two 65,000-sq-ft warehouses and offices.

The new facility is being positioned to cater for low- to mid-budget features, TV dramas and commercials, making it a potential competitor for Docklands Studios in Melbourne.

“Queensland has been experiencing a production boom in recent years and one of the most prolific periods of film and TV production in the history of our state,” said Annastacia Palaszczuk, premier of Queensland.

“Through our people, incentives, locations and world-class facilities we have developed a strong international reputation for making world-class screen content, proven most recently with Aquaman grossing over a billion dollars at the global box office.

“To meet the burgeoning demand from a thriving local and international production base, the new Brisbane studios, operated by Screen Queensland, will help with supply of sound stages and warehouses for set construction workshops, art department and short-term storage.”

Screen Queensland Studios already has bookings and searches will continue for additional production spaces in the region to accommodate any overflow, according to the government.

Around A$114m in production spending was channelled into Queensland’s economy in the last financial year, official figures reveal.

Queensland’s main production facility is Village Roadshow Studios, which is a 50-minute drive from Brisbane and offers nine sound stages, the largest of which spans 40,000 sq ft. The studios have recently hosted superhero movies Aquaman and Thor: Ragnarok, and are currently home to monster movie sequel Godzilla vs Kong.

Australia launched a new A$140m film fund last year, boosting the country’s overall incentive appeal. 

See KFTV's production guide for more on filming in Australia.

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