2 July 2018
The state’s largest ever Australian-Chinese official co-production, The Whistleblower, has commenced filming at Docklands Studios Melbourne, putting Victoria on the global screen.
The feature-length thriller follows the story of a Chinese expat who uncovers a conspiracy at the company he works for.
Led by acclaimed producers Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers) and Greg Basser (Concussion, Goosebumps and Chinese productions Cold Wall II, Rise of the Legend) and female director Xue Xiaolu, the film stars Chinese actor Jiayin Lei (Guns and Roses, Brotherhood of Blades II) in the lead role.
Shooting from June until October, the production is expected to spend more than $40 million in Victoria. It will engage the services of over 800 Victorian businesses and provide 220 employment opportunities for Victorian cast and crew.
In addition to utilising Docklands Studio Melbourne’s largest soundstage, the production will film in several locations across the state including Dandenong, Footscray, Werribee, Geelong and the Latrobe Valley where the production will shoot at the de-commissioned Hazelwood Power station.
Each location will benefit from international exposure on screen and local Latrobe Valley businesses will receive a boost when the 250-strong film crew visits the area during the two-week shoot.
The project has received financing through major Chinese-based companies Perfect Village, Edko Films and Beijing Carving Films with investment from Film Victoria. As an official co-production The Whistleblower is also receiving assistance through Screen Australia. Roadshow Films will distribute the film locally.