21 December 2017
A ten million investment in film, television and digital games projects is set to inject more than $110 million into the Victorian economy in 2018 and beyond.
Thirty-six projects have received Victorian Government backing in the latest round of Film Victoria’s funding and incentives programs.
Combined, these projects are expected to create over 4,500 additional employment opportunities for the local screen industry.
Funding has been provided for a range of film projects including Ride Like a Girl, directed by Rachel Griffiths, which brings to the screen the remarkable true story of Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne.
Guy Pearce will take on his first directing role for the paranormal drama Poor Boy, penned by Victorian writer Matt Cameron and to be produced by Al Clark of Wildheart Films.
The story of a group of LGBTI elders facing the uncertainty of life in aged care will also be brought to screen in the feature documentary The Coming Back Out Ball by CBOB Films.
Television projects, including Back In Very Small Business from Gristmill’s Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope and the fourth and final series of Nowhere Boys by Matchbox Productions, have been supported through the Victorian Content Initiative partnership with the ABC.
Australia’s longest running television drama series Neighbours also received a funding boost that will ensure the popular soap continues to film 258 episodes in Victoria a year. This support will also deliver opportunities for early career writers, directors and technical crew over the next four years.
Globally renowned local VFX studio Iloura continues to be in demand and will work on a number of international blockbusters in the year ahead, including MGM and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Tomb Raider.
Victoria’s thriving digital games industry will also benefit with production and market release funding provided to 12 games projects, from a virtual reality adventure game featuring quirky robot office workers to a AAA-quality racing game featuring real-life cars, car parts, drivers and teams.