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NSW playing the starring role in Australian film and TV industry

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NSW has recorded blockbuster results in the annual wrap of television and film production, accounting for more than half of the $2.3 billion spend across Australia.

NSW playing the starring role in Australian film and TV industry

 

NSW has recorded blockbuster results in the annual wrap of television and film production, accounting for more than half of the $2.3 billion spend across Australia.

Screen Australia’s 33rd annual Drama Report released today shows a content boom is underway and NSW is cashing in most, with production spend locally hitting more than $1.3 billion in 2022-2023 – a 20% increase in 12 months.

The state set a new record for the third year in a row, with spend on foreign features up 305% since 2021-2022 and foreign TV and Video On Demand spend up 25% and 77% respectively.

The state’s success in securing big-budget international productions The Fall Guy, Anyone But You and Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes, helped to drive foreign expenditure in the state to a record $822 million, more than half of the $1.22 billion national total of foreign production.

Post-production and visual effects continues to grow from strength to strength across the country, generating a total of $714 million in 2022-2023. NSW saw a 15% increase in post-production and visual effects in a single year, bringing a total of $356 million from domestic and international film and television post production into the state’s economy.

This result is 64% above the 5-year average. In 2022-2023, NSW accounted for 50% of Australian post, digital and visual effects spend, slightly above the 5-year average of 49%. Sydney-based, world-leading post-production and visual effects studios including Animal Logic and Fin Design contributing to major releases including The Magician’s Elephant and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Upcoming releases Furiosa and The Shrinking of Treehorn are also the result of NSW’s leading post-production and visual effects talent from DNEG and Animal Logic.

NSW has recorded blockbuster results in the annual wrap of television and film production, accounting for more than half of the $2.3 billion spend across Australia.

NSW has recorded blockbuster results in the annual wrap of television and film production, accounting for more than half of the $2.3 billion spend across Australia.

Minister for the Arts John Graham said:

“NSW is the leading state for film and television production in Australia demonstrating remarkable growth and I welcome these results. Close to 50% of the industry is based here, with over 2300 screen production businesses employing over 15,000 people.

“There has been extraordinary growth on the post production and visual effects side of the industry. Our NSW talent is second to none in post production studios and visual effects suites. I’m pleased to see these often unsung heroes of our industry are getting the national and international recognition they deserve.

“The screen industry is vital for the state’s economy, creating jobs, driving growth and injecting much-needed dollars into our regional communities, it is also critical for our social wellbeing.

“Stories that inspire, entertain, and bring us together are important for the social fabric of our communities, and showcase our great state on a global stage.

“With the continued support of the NSW Government through Screen NSW, I look forward to seeing our local screen industry continue to boom and showing that we really are the place for every story.”

Head of Screen NSW Kyas Hepworth said:

“With a strong pipeline of local and international production and post-production, visual effects and animation, the content boom has continued throughout 2022-2023.

“Screen NSW continues to offer targeted programs that will help the NSW industry go from strength to strength. We’re here to help tell your stories and take our local content and unparalleled filming locations to a global audience, whether it’s on the big screen, or the one in your back pocket.”

Major productions filmed in NSW in 2022-23

  • Furiosa, the latest film in the Mad Max franchise is currently in post-production. It has supported over 1000 local jobs.
  • Universal Pictures’ The Fall Guy filming ended in February 2023. The film, starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, will showcase Sydney to the world. It delivered almost 4000 jobs.
  • 20th Century Studios’ blockbuster Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes filming ended in February 2023.
  • Anyone But You filming ended in March 2023. Set in Sydney, it will showcase NSW to the world. It created 390 NSW jobs.
  • Significant local productions include Warwick Thornton’s The New Boy, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard and opened the Sydney Film Festival.
  • Other local productions include inaugural Screen NSW First Nations Screen Fellowship recipient Jon Bell’s The Moogai feature film, Erotic Stories (SBS), Paper Dolls (Paramount+), The Disposables (ABC Me), Prosper (Stan), and the Royal Flying Doctor Series (Seven).

 

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37th Bentley Art Prize promises to be a great event

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By Samantha Elley

There has been a changing of the guard in the running of the 37th Bentley Art Prize for 2024.

For the past 18 years Bentley’s Helen Trustum has been running the show, but she has now stepped down and a new committee of eight, headed by Gordon Serone, will be taking over.

“Helen’s service to the community, for which we give hearfelt thanks, has been truly amazing,” said Gordon.

“We wish her a relaxing retirement and hope she’ll come along to join in the fun, with no responsibility.”

This year’s Bentley Art Prize is on the weekend of July 12-14, starting on the Friday night with a cheese and wine event.

“Judging will take place on Friday afternoon,” said Gordon.

“The deadline for entry submissions will be June 28 and all entries need to be at the (Bentley) hall by Thursday afternoon, July 11.

“Because the prize will be in the school holidays, if the schools want to deliver their submissions, they can deliver directly to 56 O’neill Road, Bentley.

“We’ve also changed the categories where we took out the Golden Oldies section because everyone is an oldie now.”

All the regular sponsors have continued with their support, collectively donating prizes of over $14,000.

“We are very thankful to Richmond Dairies, Richmond Valley Council, the Casino RSM Club, Macdonalds pharmacy and Dr Castagna and Richmond Valley Library,” said Gordon.

With the expectation of over 300 entries this year, Gordon said the event is shaping up to be a fabulous weekend.

“Starting with the entertainment by Jamie Sullivan on Friday night, Luke Vassella on Saturday and Croaker and the Honeybee and Sylvia Nowlan on Sunday,” said Gordon.

Judging will be done by artist Harry Westera. His work can be seen here.

The cost of submitting an artwork is $10, or free for school children.

 

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The Circus is in town and it is action packed

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The Circus is in town and it is action packed

 

By Samantha Elley

Put your expectations away and open your mind to the ‘edge of your seat’ experience you will be in for when you go to see The Circus in Coffs Harbour.

“We are a seventh generation circus family, originally from Germany,” said tour manager and matriarch, Marie Weber.

“We bring acts that have never been seen under the big top in Australia before.

“These include FMX (freestyle) riders, the splitting globe of death, comedians, aerialists and even a human cannonball.”

Patriarch, Harry Weber, has been involved in the circus touring life for the past 40 years and the family are excited to be in Australia.

“We have been touring in New Zealand, South Africa, Korea and other international areas,” said Marie.

That’s no mean feat with a family of eight children who have all grown up with the circus.

“We have performers from all walks of life,” said Marie.

“There are about 40 crew and performers, including those travelling with families.”

Marie said they are all like one big happy family, especially when they have been working so closely together for so long.

“Most of us have been working together for more than 10 years,” she said.

The Circus has just wound up six shows at Lismore Showgrounds and is now heading to Coffs Harbour where they have a giveaway on their Facebook page ‘Weber Bros Entertainment’ for two VIP packages and 10 double passes to their shows.

They will be performing their action packed shows at Coffs Harbour Showground between June 6th – 16th.

Book your tickets at 0452003300 or online at iticket.com.au for two hours of great family entertainment. Prices range from $35 – $85 for adults and $25-$70 for children.

 

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Italian Renaissance Alive

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Italian Renaissance Alive

 

Experience the beauty and brilliance of the Italian masters in “Italian Renaissance Alive,” an immersive journey celebrating Europe’s cultural rebirth. This extraordinary exhibition, from the creators of Van Gogh Alive, takes you on a mesmerising adventure through the 14th to 17th centuries, showcasing masterpieces by some of history’s most renowned artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, and more.

“Italian Renaissance Alive” brings to life the era’s explosion of art, culture, architecture, sculpture, and literature. As you step into this breathtaking digital multi-sensory gallery, you’ll be surrounded by the grandeur and elegance that defined the Renaissance period. The exhibition is designed to immerse you in the sights and sounds of the time, creating an unforgettable experience that transcends traditional art displays.

Witness iconic works like the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel ceiling, the enigmatic Mona Lisa, and the enchanting Birth of Venus. These masterpieces are presented in stunning detail, allowing you to appreciate the intricacies and genius of the artists’ techniques. Accompanied by a powerful operatic musical score, the exhibition enhances your sensory experience, evoking the emotions and atmosphere of the Renaissance.

Through “Italian Renaissance Alive”, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and intellectual movements that shaped the modern world. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be transported back in time and experience the Renaissance like never before.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – on until the 4th of August
  • Where – HOTA, Gold Coast
  • Price – from $29
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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