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Western Australia Launches Regional Film Fund

  • $16 million fund to generate local jobs and investment
  •  Funding commitment gives WA national competitive advantage
  • Builds on production success of Breath, Jasper Jones and Red Dog: True Blue 

A new Western Australian Regional Film Fund is expected to generate rewards for the regions and the State by drawing more productions to WA.

Treasurer Mike Nahan said the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program would continue to build a stronger economy by supporting initiatives such as the $16 million fund.

“This will encourage strategic investment in film-making in the regions, helping support and grow local economies and contributing to the vibrancy of regional communities,” Dr Nahan said.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said multiple film production opportunities would drive job creation through local procurement, skill development and tourism.

“The film fund will build on the strengths of regional WA and showcase our extraordinary landscapes, experiences, stories and creative communities,” Mr Redman said.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the fund provided WA with a competitive advantage over other States in attracting productions to shoot in WA.

“The screen industry will welcome the funding as it will attract key national and international players to make content here while maximising the use of local crews and talent,” he said.

“ScreenWest will administer the fund, partnering with regional development commissions to market WA’s great locations locally and overseas to attract productions.”

Mr Day said the fund sought to extend recent successful partnerships with the screen industry.

“The current production of Breath in Denmark has generated more than 250 local jobs,” he said.

“Jasper Jones recently finished shooting in Pemberton in the South-West and Red Dog: True Blue worked alongside the Pilbara Development Commission.”

Fact File

  • ScreenWest supported the productions of Breath, Jasper Jones and Red Dog: True Blue
  • For more information, visit http://www.screenwest.wa.gov.au
  • Since 2008, the State Government has invested $6.9 billion into more than 3,700 Royalties for Regions-funded projects and programs, including transfers to the Future Fund and other Special Purpose Accounts

Treasurer’s office – 6552 5700

Regional Development Minister’s office – 6552 6700

Culture and the Arts Minister’s office – 6552 6200

Hugo Weaving confirmed for film adaption of Jasper Jones

Hugo Weaving (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Little Fish, The Matrix, V for Vendetta) along with Dan Wyllie (Chopper, Romper Stomper, The Water Diviner) and Matt Nable (Underbelly, Riddick, Killer Elite) have been cast in JASPER JONES, which commenced principal photography on 26th October in the south west of Western Australia.

Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom, Muriel’s Wedding, The Rover) and Myles Pollard (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, McLeods Daughters) also join the already announced cast of Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine, Muriel’s Wedding, Miss You Already), Levi Miller (Terra Nova, Pan, upcoming Blue Dog), Angourie Rice (These Final Hours, upcoming The Nice Guys) and Aaron McGrath (GLITCH).

Based on the multi-award winning coming of age mystery novel by Craig Silvey, it is about one eventful summer in 1965 when Charlie Bucktin (Miller), lured by adventure and mystery, experiences the trials of teenage love and discovers what it means to be truly courageous.

McGrath has been cast as the titular character Jasper Jones and Rice as the intelligent and mysterious Eliza Wishart, who is also the object of Charlie’s affections. Collette and Wyllie will play the roles of Charlie’s parents, Ruth and Wes Bucktin. Nable is Sarge, the head of the local constabulary and Weaving will play Mad Jack Lionel, the town recluse with a mysterious past.

Prior and Pollard have joined as Gwyn and Pete Wishart and the film also introduces Kevin Long, as the unflappable cricket loving best friend of Charlie Bucktin.
The best-selling novel JASPER JONES was published in 2009 and has made waves around the globe, with author Craig Silvey receiving critical acclaim and developing an ardent fan base. It has won multiple awards, including the Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2010 and continues to captivate readers of all ages.

JASPER JONES will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, One Night the Moon). The film is produced by Bunya Productions David Jowsey (Mystery Road, Mad Bastards) and Porchlight Films Vincent Sheehan (The Hunter, Animal Kingdom). Production Designer is Herbert Pinter (Mao’s Last Dancer), Margot Wilson (Bran Nue Dae) is Costume Designer and Mark Wareham (Felony) will be Director of Photography. The novel was adapted for the screen by Craig Silvey and Shaun Grant (Snowtown, Berlin Syndrome).

International sales will be managed by Mongrel International, and Madman Entertainment will release the film in Australia.

Toni Collette joins the cast of Jasper Jones

Academy Award® nominee Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine, Muriel’s Wedding, upcoming Miss You Already) has joined the cast of Jasper Jones, the film adaptation of the multi-award winning coming of age mystery novel by Craig Silvey.
Collette joins Levi Miller (Terra Nova, upcoming Pan, Blue Dog), Angourie Rice (These Final Hours, upcoming The Nice Guys) and Aaron McGrath (GLITCH).

Collette will play the role of Ruth Bucktin, mother to Charlie Bucktin (Miller). It is over one eventful summer in 1965 that Charlie, lured by adventure and mystery, experiences the trials of teenage love and discovers what it means to be truly courageous. McGrath has been cast as the titular character Jasper Jones and Rice as the intelligent and mysterious Eliza Wishart, who is also the object of Charlie’s affections.

“Toni Collette is, quite simply, one of the greatest actors of her generation” said producer Vincent Sheehan. “The depth and insight she will bring to the unique role of Ruth Bucktin and having her work alongside the exciting emerging talent in our cast, will be invaluable in bringing Craig Silvey’s acclaimed novel to life.”

Collette had her breakthrough role as the lead in the now classic Muriel’s Wedding. She then went on to a string of successful international roles before being nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Sixth Sense. Since then her success has continued, starring in films such as the Academy Award® nominated Little Miss Sunshine, Hitchcock, Enough Said and as the lead in the TV series United States of Tara. Collette can next be seen opposite Drew Barrymore in the upcoming Miss You Already and is also one of the voices in Blinky Bill The Movie, currently in cinemas.

The best-selling novel JASPER JONES was published in 2009 and has made waves around the globe, with author Craig Silvey receiving critical acclaim and developing an ardent fan base. It has won multiple awards, including the Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2010 and continues to captivate readers of all ages.

JASPER JONES will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, One Night the Moon). The film is produced by Bunya Productions David Jowsey (Mystery Road, Mad Bastards) and Porchlight Films Vincent Sheehan (The Hunter, Animal Kingdom).

Production Designer is Herbert Pinter (Mao’s Last Dancer), Margot Wilson (Bran Nue Dae) is Costume Designer and Mark Wareham (Felony) will be Director of Photography. The novel was adapted for the screen by Shaun Grant (Snowtown, Berlin Syndrome) and Craig Silvey. Principal photography is set to commence in October in the south west of Western Australia. International sales will be managed by Mongrel International, and Madman Entertainment will release the film in Australia.

Chinese TV show Where Are We Going, Dad? to be filmed in WA’s Margaret River region

In a major boost for the local tourism industry, one of China’s most-watched television shows is coming to WA.

Hunan TV’s Where Are We Going, Dad? is a massive ratings hit in China, attracting more than 75 million viewers for every two-hour episode.

And those viewers will get to see the beauty of the Margaret River region when the final two episodes of the show’s third season are filmed at the end of this month.Tourism WA chief executive Stephanie Buckland said the agency’s team in China had spent more than a year negotiating the deal.

“There has been a lot of work behind the scenes to convince them to come along to WA,” she said. “It’s going to be great exposure for what we have to offer.”

Ms Buckland said about 200 cast and crew members were expected to travel to Margaret River for 10 days of filming and will not visit any other parts of Australia.

She said a confidentiality agreement prevented her from disclosing how much the deal cost, but confirmed it was “quite a good deal”.

“It’s costing substantially less than it would cost us to run an advertising campaign in China, let’s just put it that way,” she said.

Ms Buckland hoped the exposure would put WA on the radar of millions of prospective Chinese tourists who are unaware of the state’s charms.

“We’ve got the access with the airlines, we’ve got a lot of our businesses in WA ready to receive Chinese visitors and we have had a massive increase — about a doubling — of Chinese visitors over the last couple of years,” she said.

“But really, what we have got to do is get WA and what we have to offer in front of more prospective Chinese visitors.”

The reality TV show stars five celebrity fathers and their children who travel to far-flung places and attempt challenges.

Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the WA visit would be the only international location used by the show this season.

“By investing in this popular TV show, with its massive audience, we expect to raise awareness of WA as a holiday destination, and in particular, highlight its natural beauty and airline accessibility to the Chinese market,” he said.

Where Are We Going, Dad? has been one of China’s top three shows since it premiered in October 2013. The two episodes featuring WA will air in China on October 23 and 30.

Initial cast announced for Jasper Jones

The initial cast has been announced for Jasper Jones, set to commence filming in the South West of Western Australia on October 26, 2015. Porchlight Films and Bunya Productions are thrilled to announce that Levi Miller (Terra Nova, upcoming Pan, Blue Dog), Angourie Rice (These Final Hours, upcoming The Nice Guys) and Aaron McGrath  (GLITCH) will star in the film adaption of the multi-award winning coming of age mystery novel by Craig Silvey.

Principal photography is set to commence in October in the south west of Western Australia. Jasper Jones will be directed by Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae, Radiance, One Night the Moon). Miller will play bookish 14 year old Charlie Bucktin, who over one eventful summer in 1965 navigates small-town racism, hypocrisy and the trials of teenage love to discover what it means be truly courageous. McGrath has been cast as the titular character Jasper Jones and Rice as the intelligent and mysterious Eliza Wishart, who is also the object of Charlie’s affections.

“With casting director Anousha Zarkesh we have searched the country and from hundreds of auditions we are thrilled to have Levi, Angourie and Aaron join Jasper Jones. The kids are the heart of the film and they are all brilliantly talented.” said director Perkins.

Miller made his international debut in the Steven Spielberg produced TV series Terra Nova. He has recently finished filming as the lead in Blue Dog, the follow up to the widely successful Red Dog. Miller will next be seen playing the title role of ‘Peter Pan’ in the Warner Bros Feature film ‘PAN’, opposite Hugh Jackman and directed by Joe Wright. Rice was the lead in These Final Hours and also in BBC/20th Century Fox feature film Walking With Dinosaurs 3D. She has recently completed filming The Nice Guys, opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. McGrath has just wrapped the ABC series, Ready for This and stars in the well reviewed GLITCH TV series. His credits also include the AACTA award winning The Code, Around The Block and Redfern Now.

The bestselling novel JASPER JONES was published in 2009 and has made waves around the globe, the author Craig Silvey receiving critical acclaim and developing an ardent fan base. It has won multiple awards, including the Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2010 and continues to captivate readers of all ages.

JASPER JONES is produced by Bunya Productions David Jowsey (Mystery Road, Mad Bastards) and Porchlight Films Vincent Sheehan (The Hunter, Animal Kingdom). Production Designer is Herbert Pinter (Mao’s Last Dancer), Margot Wilson (Bran Nue Dae) is Costume Designer and Mark Wareham (Felony) will be Director of Photography. The novel was adapted for the screen by Shaun Grant and Craig Silvey.

The announcement was at CinéfestOZ Film Festival in the south west of Western
Australia, where Jowsey and Sheehan attended various screen industry events and panels.

The film has been supported by a grant of $200,000 from the South West Development Commission and the production will be based in the town of Pemberton and filmed on location in the beautiful and haunting South West region.

South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Patrick Warrand said the State Government agency welcomed the opportunity to support the filming of JASPER JONES in the region.

“This is a major opportunity to showcase the South West on the big screen and further position the region as a centre for the creative industries,” Mr Warrand said.
Mongrel Media is handling international sales.

Madman Entertainment is releasing Jasper Jones in Australia.

Tim Winton's Breath to be filmed in the South West

A $2.3 million investment by the State Government has secured Denmark in Western Australia’s South West as the location to film the movie adaptation of Tim Winton’s best-selling and award-winning novel, Breath.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said this was an opportunity that could not be missed and the State would reap the benefits of Breath being filmed in the beautiful Great Southern.

“This State has an experienced screen industry and the international spotlight will well and truly be focused on them with Hollywood actor Simon Baker choosing Western Australia to make his feature film directorial debut,” Mr Day said.

“The majority of the key production creative and 100 crew will be West Australian.  In addition, 150 Great Southern locals will be employed as actors, extras and surfing doubles.

“ScreenWest and the Great Southern Development Commission have worked closely with the film’s producers to sell the State’s attributes as a premier filming destination.  I am thrilled that this iconic West Australian story will be filmed here.”

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the production would directly generate around $4.3 million, with further economic benefits expected to flow to the local community.

“Breath will create local jobs, directly benefit the local economy and showcase the Great Southern to the world,” Mr Redman said.

“As a Denmark local, I’m excited about the level of international exposure this production will provide and the opportunities it will create – not only for Denmark and the Great Southern, but the entire State.

“I am pleased to see the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program assisting regional communities to capitalise and expand on their social and economic opportunities.”

Breath focuses on the lives of two teenage thrill-seeking boys.  Hungry for discovery they form an unlikely bond with reclusive older surfer, Sando (Baker) and his mysterious wife.  The boys are driven to take risks that will have a profound and lasting impact on their lives.

Mr Baker will star in and direct the film alongside Oscar and Emmy-winning United States producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, The Notebook, Rain Man), and Australian producer Jamie Hilton of See Pictures (The Little Death, The Waiting City, Backtrack).

ScreenWest - Creating a Healthy Film Set

In 2014 ScreenWest conducted a ‘Creating a Healthy Film Set’ seminar day for industry members.  The sessions were recorded and have now been made available on the ScreenWest YouTube Channel:

Please read the ScreenWest original post & Disclaimer here.

 

Cinefest Oz - Enter Australia's Richest Film Prize

Film submissions for the CinefestOZ Film Prize close 5th June.
Imagine how $100,000 could help with your film’s theatrical release.

Entries are invited for the CinéfestOZ Film Prize for a feature length Australian film which will be awarded during the festival, 26 – 30 August, in the Margaret River region.

Shortlisted films vying for the Prize will premiere in Western Australia at the CinéfestOZ film festival.

Enter now.