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Brisbane comes to life on the big and small screens

23 August, 2016

Brisbane has become a highly sought-after film destination with filming applications doubling over the past five years.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said over the past five years the city had experienced significant growth as a preferred location for both local and international films, television and commercial productions.

“In the last year alone, Council has approved 338 filming projects including six feature films, which have generated $26 million for the local economy,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane’s close proximity to the Gold Coast, where major productions are filmed at Village Roadshow studios, allows film crews to take advantage of our cityscape as well as a number of other unique vistas across the suburbs,” Cr Quirk said.

“These major productions including Thor, which is filming in the Brisbane CBD this week, help raise our city’s profile internationally, in addition to supporting our local industry and economy.”

While not all of these permits are for Hollywood blockbusters, Brisbane has also been host to filming for a large number of television programs and short films, both in the CBD and across Brisbane’s suburbs.

“Council also facilitates filming for television commercials, student filming, corporate videos, online content and still photography, with the local industry booming,” he said.

Cr Quirk said some of filming highlights in 2015-16 included the upcoming television biopic about Paul Hogan ‘Hoges’, the television mini-series ‘Wanted’ starring Rebecca Gibney and other popular television programs like ‘My Kitchen Rules’, ‘Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery’ and ‘House Hunters’, just to name just a few.

“Over the past few years Brisbane has also been featured in films such as ‘San Andreas’ starring The Rock, ‘Unbroken’ directed by Angelina Jolie and ‘The Railway Man’ starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman,” he said.

“Brisbane’s subtropical climate, historic buildings and outdoor living spaces make it the perfect fit for many film-makers.”

Cr Quirk said the most popular filming locations in Brisbane included City Hall and King George Square, Queen Street Mall, New Farm Park, the City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha and Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

“Some of Council’s more unique filming locations included the Spring Hill Reservoir, Witton Barracks and Anstead Bushland Reserve overlooking Anstead Quarry,” he said.



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