Monsters to invade as Gold Coast lures Hollywood productions
Giants of Hollywood are invading Queensland – one a multimillion-dollar monster mash and the other a crime series backed by the might of Disney.
Preproduction is set to begin on the Gold Coast this month on big-budget film Godzilla vs Kong and Disney series Reef Break.
The radiation-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla is set to descend on the Gold Coast.Credit:Alamy
The productions will create thousands of jobs in the south-east Queensland city, where filming will take place.
The federal government's $140 million tax break, which effectively doubles the existing rebate offered for films to 30 per cent, is believed to have enticed producers.
Speaking to Gold Coast radio station Gold FM on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said $16 million in tax support was used to lure the two productions to Queensland.
"The film industry here on the Gold Coast is as big as the tourism industry but it feeds off one another and so when we say we are supporting small businesses, this is how we’re supporting small businesses," Mr Morrison said.
"You go and ensure a film industry has a schedule of work that just doesn’t go from film to film.
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"All of these films bid, they’re coming to us now and saying 'we want to come to Australia and we would like to get access to this tax-offset fund you’ve put together' and they’re getting it.
"It’s crew, it’s extras, it’s the actors themselves, it’s 5500 accommodation nights – which is all here on the Gold Coast," he said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was delighted the federal government had kicked in the cash to boost the industry.
"I visited the film studios in the US in February and June, and it is great to see that the federal government is matching, coming on board with their contribution," she told Today on Monday.
"Ours has been on the table for months so finally it is all systems go and the movie industry means long-term secure jobs."
– with AAP
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