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Aussie-filmed blockbusters set to boost SME economy

Emma Ryan
21 April 2021 1 minute readShare

The influx of large-scale global productions being filmed in Australia is on track to provide a considerable boost to the nation’s SME economy.

According to federal Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, confirmation that the latest instalment of the Mad Max franchise would begin filming in NSW is just one example of the large-scale productions set to put Australia on the map as an entertainment hub.

“We are experiencing a boom in large-scale global productions coming to film in Australia,” Minister Fletcher said.

“The Australian government has a clear focus on supporting the Australian screen sector to seize this opportunity.”

The new Mad Max film, titled Furiosa and starring Byron Bay star Chris Hemsworth, is set to support more than 850 local jobs and bring around $350 million into the NSW economy.

“There is no better place to make an international blockbuster than here in NSW. We employ 56 per cent of the Australian screen industry and we’re open for business,” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.

“It’s showtime in NSW and that means jobs not just for the arts, but right across the trades, hospitality and transport sectors as well.”

Furiosa, which is set to be filmed in numerous locations across NSW, including parts of Broken Hill, is expected to be released in mid-2023.

It’s understood the Location Incentive grant established by the federal government, as well as its 40 per cent Producer Offset and the NSW government’s $175 million Made in NSW fund and PDV Rebate, helped secure the production for the state.

“We are entirely grateful to the Berejiklian government and for the advice and help extended to us by Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia, and Grainne Brunsdon, head of Screen NSW,” director Dr George Miller said.

“The support of the Australian and NSW governments were pivotal. They made it possible for the film to be greenlit, shot in Australia and for the production to be based in our home state.”

Aussie-filmed blockbusters set to boost SME economy
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