About Sydney City of Film
Sydney was named a UNESCO City of Film in December 2010.
The objectives of the bid were:
· to support Sydney filmmakers in the production and distribution of their films;
· to encourage more international film production in Sydney for the economic benefit of Sydney’s film industry (production, post-production, facilities and creative talent) and its broader economy;
· to promote the enjoyment of screen culture by Sydneysiders and tourists for cultural and economic benefit.
The existing screen infrastructure in Sydney and the diversity and value of film culture of Sydney was a major reason for the success of Sydney’s bid.
Sydney is Australia’s undisputed film and television production hub. It is a city rich in culture, with an intense passion for cinematic experiences, eager to show the world its talents. Local creative industries have produced world-class talents including directors George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road, Happy Feet), Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge), Wayne Blair (The Sapphires), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) and Russell Crowe who both directed and acted in The Water Diviner, and it is home to fellow actors Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Truth), and digital animation pioneers Animal Logic, creators of The LEGO Movie and Peter Rabbit. Sydney boasts a kaleidoscope of filming locations from pristine beaches and stunning city skyscrapers to the lush mountains and bushland on its doorstep.
Since Sydney was appointed a UNESCO Creative City of Film in 2010, both Sydney and NSW continue to be a location for high levels of both international and local production and post-production, including feature films Hacksaw Ridge, Alien: Covenant, The Lego Ninjago Movie, The Wolverine, The Great Gatsby, Felony, The LEGO Movie, The Sapphires, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, upcoming international feature films including Peter Rabbit and Pacifc Rim: Uprising as well as many Australian TV dramas. NSW has been selected as the location for upcoming feature film, Hacksaw Ridge, to be directed by Mel Gibson and produced by Bill Mechanic.
Sydney is home to Fox Studios Australia, with the biggest sound stages in the southern hemisphere. The studio, which brought to life films including The Matrix trilogy, The Great Gatsby and The Wolverine, provides state of art filming and digital resources for filmmakers.
In 2015/16 55% of all drama production expenditure in Australia took place in NSW and 71% of all Australian drama production was generated by NSW production companies.
Sydney’s screen productions are dynamic and exciting … they challenge perceptions and help audiences to see the world differently, while telling great stories. From television series set in Sydney such as Cleverman, Rake, Here Come the Habibs and Janet King to movies on the big screen, Sydney loves watching as much as making the content. Sydney Film Festival, the Arab Film Festival, the Academy accredited Flickerfest short film festival and Queer Screen Film Festival events, to name just a few, reflect the eclectic cultural diversity of our city and showcase the breadth and diversity of stories told in a way that only Sydney can.