South Australia has a lot to offer filmmakers. Its capital, Adelaide, is home to a thriving screen production community, with innovative heads of department and in-demand visual-effects companies. And the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) offers a number of incentives that make production in the state attractive for footloose feature films and television series. These include payroll tax exemptions, production and post-production support for eligible projects that meet local spend quotas, and a generous location scouting grant.
Known as the ‘20-minute city’, Adelaide enjoys ease of traffic, a Mediterranean climate and an excellent cost of living that translates into lower production costs compared to other Australian cities.
Permissions are simple and straightforward, with a film-friendly council and communities, plus highly experienced and dedicated local locations managers who can assist productions. The iconic Adelaide Oval, Adelaide’s Cambridge-style university precinct, mix of modern architecture and 1800s heritage buildings provide a wealth of locations. South Australia offers a diverse range of locations including stunning beaches, farmlands, wilderness and cosmopolitan cityscapes, all within easy access of Adelaide Studios.
Adelaide Studios is a creative hub that enables productions to shoot, edit, colour grade and sound mix all at the same location, just five minutes from Adelaide’s central business district and within 20 minutes of Adelaide’s international airport. The studios offer dry-hire edit suites and plugged-in production spaces. New additions include a set-construction workshop and upgraded Dolby Premier 7.1 mixing theatre with a S6 console.
In 2016 Adelaide Studios was transformed into the interiors of Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Hotel for the Australian shoot of Hotel Mumbai, a co-production between Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures and Australian producers Gary Hamilton, Jomon Thomas and Andrew Ogilvie, and Cyan Films’ Julie Ryan. International distribution is being handled by Arclight Films. The film stars Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Jason Isaacs and Anupam Kher, and tells the true story of the victims and survivors of the devastating terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008.
The stunning locations of South Australia’s regional Flinders Ranges will next feature on screen in Cargo, a post-apocalyptic thriller that features Martin Freeman as a father stranded in the outback in the midst of a violent pandemic.
First person to call
First person to call Michelle Krumm, South Australian Film Corporation
Tel: +61 8 8394 2020