Almost $60million will be invested in the State’s economy with 14 new screen productions, including major feature films and television series, to be made in NSW.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality, Racing and the Arts, George Souris, said they include the major French/Australian co-production, Anne Fontaine's film The Grandmothers, starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville.
“Once again Sydney is set to shine as the star of a big international film,” he said.
“I’m delighted that The Grandmothers is to be made here in NSW by one of our top local creative teams, including producer Andrew Mason of Hopscotch Features, working in collaboration with renowned French producer Phillip Carcassonne and internationally acclaimed director Anne Fontaine.
“Ms Fontaine and Mr Carcassonne delighted cinema audiences with their earlier film Coco Avant Chanel and I know they will equally enjoy their filmmaking experience here in NSW. The Grandmothers is the inaugural film from NSW-based production company Hopscotch Features."
Mr Souris said that all 14 new productions will come to NSW as a result of investment from the Screen NSW Production Investment Fund.
“Screen NSW is investing more than $3.3 million in these screen productions. It’s a great investment as these productions will spend a total of $57.8 million in NSW, creating more than 3,300 jobs for cast, crew and extras,” Mr Souris said.
In addition to The Grandmothers, two additional feature films will be produced in the State as well as six television series, two factual programs and two cutting edge multiplatform productions.
Producers John Edwards and Imogen Banks from Southern Star Entertainment are bringing the Australian classic Puberty Blues to the small screen in an eight-part major new television series, while the internationally successful book, Almost French, by Sarah Turnbull is to be made into a film – another French/Australian co-production - directed by Kate Dennis and produced by Sonja Armstrong and Raphael Benoliel.
“NSW producers are able to see the opportunities that co-productions with other major filmmaking nations offer and increasingly, are bringing those productions here to NSW for filming or post-production. Both The Grandmothers and Almost French have enormous international audience appeal and will showcase NSW’s filmmaking talent to the world,” Mr Souris said.
For a full list of the projects see the press release.
|$60m in Production for NSW Including Naomi Watts Film
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