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Queensland is in the midst of its biggest screen boom in history as the promise of a coronavirus sanctuary attracts A-list stars and big budget productions

As of early last year, Queensland has secured 39 international and domestic productions, valued at an estimated $ 437 million to the local economy

“It’s really unheard of to have so many projects underway at the same time,” said Kylie Munnich, General Manager of Screen Queensland

The Gold Coast has been transformed into downtown Memphis for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biography, while the Whitsundays will stand for Bali in the romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney

Meanwhile, outback Queensland will host the popular reality TV show Australian Survivor as they battle for money in Cloncurry

Production will also begin this month on the Gold Coast for 13 Lives, a 2018 film adaptation of the Thai Cave Rescue directed by Ron Howard

The screen boom is expected to be around 5Create 500 jobs – most of them on site

Ms. Munnich said while Queensland has already built a worldwide reputation in the industry, the pandemic put it high on the list of movie destinations

“Some people who may not have thought of us first are now So we’re going to use that momentum and totally run with it, “she said

The Queensland government has been asked to spend $ 35 million on incentives for production attractions this fiscal year, while the Commonwealth has allocated an additional $ 400 million to attract international productions to Australian shores

Filming for the successful children’s television series The Bureau of Magical Things was halted last year on the Gold Coast during the height of the coronavirus health crisis

“Everyone was very nervous and it was obvious we weren’t coming back to end the show,” said the show’s director, Evan Clarry

“Having spent so much money at the time of production – millions of dollars – it was a very precarious place”

But three months later, the cast and crew were back on set, and the production team was now preparing to release the second season

“It just goes to show how lucky we are in Australia and Queensland,” said Clarry

“Once COVID settles and more and more locations are open for filming, it will become a more competitive market for the offshore productions”

Up-and-coming First Nations filmmaker Rhianna Malezer worked behind the scenes on Thor: Ragnarok, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, as well as the upcoming Elvis movie

“The attachment to Thor working in the art department really got my entire career in the art department going,” Ms. Malezer said

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“Just being introduced to a production this scale was a tremendous learning curve – I developed so many skills that I transferred them to every job I did”

Ms. Malezer said Queensland needs to strike a balance between big international blockbusters and developing local productions

“It’s really important to build our industry here because Queensland obviously has its own stories to tell,” she said

“Now that I am developing as a writer and director, I know there is this incredible talent pool here in Queensland that I can draw on for my own projects”

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