Amazon Studios' sci-fi film Foe starts shooting in Victoria, Australia

The sci-fi thriller is accessing the Victorian Screen Incentive and the Regional Location Assistance Fund

By Melissa Kasule 4 Feb 2022

Amazon Studios' sci-fi film Foe starts shooting in Victoria, Australia
Docklands Studios. Credt: Dockland Studios

Filming is underway on Amazon Studios feature, Foe, in Victoria, Australia, starring Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal and Aaron Pierre.

The sci-fi psychological thriller will shoot across the state, including Winton Wetlands in northeast Victoria and Docklands Studios in Melbourne.

Garth Davis (Lion) is directing the project, and co-writing the script with Ian Reid on who's best-selling novel the film is based.

Foe will access the Victorian Screen Incentive and the Regional Location Assistance Fund, promising to inject $32m into the state's economy and create 950 jobs for Victorian cast and crew.

The producers include AC Studios' Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Garth Davis for I Am That, and See-Saw Films' Emile Sherman and Iain Canning.

Reid will also serve as executive producer, alongside I Am That’s Samantha Lang and Libby Sharpe for I Am That and See-Saw Films.

Foe will engage over 500 local businesses from across Melbourne and regional Victoria, including construction companies and caterers. Through Film Victoria’s skills development program, the Victorian government is supporting placements for three local practitioners  – director Michael Hudson, costume buyer Ellen Stainstreet and set decorator Tom Herbert - to hone their specialist skills while working on the production.

Hon Paul Fletcher, minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, said: "The decision to film Foe in Victoria is a great testament to the enduring status of Australia as a destination for large-scale film productions as a result of our talented creatives, skilled crews and exceptional facilities – supported by the Morrison Government’s attractive financial support for the film industry. This includes the Producer Offset for Australian feature films.”

“This production will sustain vital jobs and businesses in the local film sector and help to develop the next generation of screen industry professionals.”

Davis added, “I am very proud to be making Foe in my home state of Victoria, particularly on Yorta Yorta country in the amazing Winton Wetlands, which is one of our key locations. I am incredibly grateful for the support of both the Victorian Government and the Federal Government which have made this possible.”

Robbie Williams' biopic Better Man and Blacklight starring Liam Neeson also recently shot in the Australian state. The Victorian film industry is booming, with more than $391 million channelled into production expenditure in 2020/21.

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