The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

By George, we got him

State Hollywood gets flick as stars hit Sunshine

- JESSICA MARSZALEK

INTERNATIO­NAL movie stars Rachel Griffiths, Julia Roberts and George Clooney will be among a slew of celebritie­s shacking up in Queensland this year as the state’s film industry booms.

The second season of the US hit show The Wilds, starring Aussie sweetheart Griffiths, will begin filming in Gold Coast hinterland and beach locations and Village Roadshow Studios this week.

The series is the latest in a list of high-profile projects to start production over coming months, which also includes Universal Pictures’ romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise, in which Roberts and Clooney will reunite.

Playing a divorced couple who travel to Bali for their daughter’s wedding, it will be exclusivel­y filmed in the Whitsunday­s, the Gold Coast and Brisbane this year.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland had secured 39 production­s since the start of 2020 through incentive strategies, and helped by the state’s excellent response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These production­s have injected an estimated $437m into the local economy and created approximat­ely 5500 jobs for Queensland­ers,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “This is boom time for Queensland’s screen industry and it means jobs for Queensland­ers, and millions of dollars for our economy. The amazing response of Queensland­ers to the global pandemic ensures our state is safe, open for business and good to go, and

This is b oom time for Queensland’s screen industry Palaszczuk Premier Annastacia

the internatio­nal and local screen production industry recognises this.”

Animated favourite Bluey is having her third season created now at Ludo Studio in Brisbane. And the incredible story of the Thai caves rescue is also being captured in the Ron Howard-directed film Thirteen Lives.

ABC comedy series All

My Friends Are Racist is being filmed in Brisbane and in July, Fremantle Media’s teen series Taylor’s Island will be shot on the Gold Coast. Joe Exotic – a series by Universal Studio Group – is slated for Screen Queensland Studios mid-year.

Netflix’s Escape from Spiderhead, starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller, recently wrapped on the Gold Coast, as did Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic. Feature film Love and Monsters, shot at Screen Queensland Studios, is out this week and is nominated for an Academy Award.

Screen Queensland chief executive Kylie Munnich said Queensland production­s were creating jobs for local creatives with big pay-offs.

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Stars Rachel Griffiths (inset), Julia Roberts and George Clooney.

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