Victoria attracts more international feature films
Andrews’ Labor Government has attracted the production of another highly anticipated international feature film, showcasing the state’s exceptional facilities and destinations while creating jobs in Victoria’s creative industry.
Amazon Studios Epic Production Enemy recently began filming in the state, with locations to include Winton Wetlands in North East Victoria and Docklands Studios Melbourne.
The star-studded cast includes Saoirse Ronan (Little Women, Brooklyn), Paul Mescal (normal people) and Aaron Stone (The Underground Railroad).
Attracted by the State through the Victorian Screen Incentive and the Regional Location Assistance Fund, Enemy will inject up to $32 million into the Victorian economy and create 950 jobs for the Victorian cast and crew – including four department head positions.
The sci-fi psychological thriller will be directed by Victorian filmmaker Garth Davis, best known for his Oscar-nominated film Lion. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Ian Reid, who co-wrote the adaptation alongside Davis.
Producers on the project include AC Studios’ Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, I Am That’s Garth Davis, and See-Saw Films’ Emile Sherman and Iain Canning. Executive producers include Ian Reid and I Am That’s Samantha Lang. Libby Sharpe will co-produce for I Am That and See-Saw Films.
Enemy will engage over 500 local Melbourne and Greater Victoria businesses, including construction companies and caterers.
As part of Film Victoria’s skills development programme, the Labor Government is supporting the placement of three local practitioners to hone their specialist skills whilst working on the production – director Michael Hudson, costume buyer Ellen Stainstreet and set designer Tom Herbert.
Enemy follows other epic productions like best man with Robbie Williams and Black light featuring Liam Neeson choosing to shoot in Victoria. It is supported as part of the Government of Victoria’s $191.5 million VCSCREEN strategy.
Activity in the Victorian film industry is at record highs, with over $391m going into production spending in 2020/21.
As Victorian Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said
“Foe’s production is another way the Victorian film industry is showcased to the world, bringing together our exceptional industry professionals with some of the best international talent.
“We are attracting major international productions and expanding our screen production capabilities to grow our economy, create local jobs and further affirm Victoria’s position as a global screen powerhouse.”
As stated by the Australian Government’s Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Honorable Paul Fletcher MP
“The decision to film Foe in Victoria is a great testament to Australia’s enduring status as a destination for large-scale film productions thanks to our talented creatives, skilled crews and exceptional facilities – backed by the attractive financial backing from the Morrison government for the film industry.This includes the Producer Offset for Australian feature films.
“This production will support vital jobs and businesses in the local film sector and help develop the next generation of screen industry professionals.”
As stated by director and co-writer Garth Davis
“I am very proud to do Enemy in my home state of Victoria, specifically on Yorta Yorta country in the amazing Winton Wetlands, which is one of our key locations. I am extremely grateful for the support of the Victorian Government and the Federal Government who made this possible.