A new screen-production facility in the Brisbane suburb of Hemmant is expected to attract film and television productions from around Australia and the world.
The recently opened Screen Queensland facility includes 2 soundstages and 2 warehouses, and will cater to producers of mid- to low-budget films, TV series, commercials, and on-demand videos.
The Hemmant complex will complement Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, which are used almost exclusively for large-scale blockbusters.
Announcing the opening of the Hemmant facility in late January, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new studios would help to inject more funds into the Queensland economy from Australian and international productions.
‘Last financial year, productions supported by my government generated an estimated $114 million of direct expenditure into the local economy and more than 1,500 jobs directly related to screen production,’ said the Premier.
‘Through our people, incentives, locations, and world-class facilities we have developed a strong international reputation for making world-class screen content, proven most recently with Aquaman grossing over $1 billion at the global box office.’
‘To meet the burgeoning demand from a thriving local and international production base, the new Brisbane studios operated by Screen Queensland will help with supply of soundstages and warehouses for set construction workshops, art department and short-term storage.’
The Queensland Government invested $12 million to repurpose 5 former warehouses on the Hemmant site to create the new studio facility, which is only 15km from Brisbane’s CBD.
As well as the soundstages and warehouses, the Gosport Street complex includes a production office, mixed-used building and parking for 200 vehicles.
Recent international projects filmed in Queensland include Paramount’s live-action Dora the Explorer, which completed filming at Village Roadshow Studios in late 2018.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Entertainment’s Godzilla vs. Kong and ABC Studios International TV series Reef Break are currently filming on the Gold Coast.
Attracting international investment to Queensland is one of the key goals of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.