december 02, 2015
SEMI-rural Richmond has been transformed into 1940s America for the filming of Mel Gibson’s World War II flick Hacksaw Ridge, just one of a number of NSW towns that will become film sets in a statewide movie-making push.
Parkes, Byron Bay, Mudgee, Katoomba and Broken Hill will also welcome film crews, with more than 2300 jobs across NSW from 19 projects made possible with government grants.
It comes on the back of a federal and state government push to lure Hollywood blockbusters Down Under, with Sir Ridley Scott announcing his latest Aliens movie will be filmed in Sydney. Gibson is already filming across NSW.
Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the regional grants would help inject $32.2 million into local filmmaking.
“Our government is proud to support this diverse range of high-quality productions to be filmed across our state, providing highly skilled jobs and investment in local economies,” Mr Grant said.
They include The Living Universe, a sci-fi movie to be shot in Parkes with a production spend in excess of $4.1 million; feature film Dance Academy The Comeback, an adaptation of a popular TV series; TV documentary series Missing; and Starting From … Now, an online series with more than 15 million viewers internationally.