The Wolverine begins filming in Sydney

1 August 2012

Andrew Stoner visits Fox Studios

NSW's position as a world leader in film production was reinforced recently with the announcement that Hugh Jackman's latest movie The Wolverine has begun filming in Sydney.

NSW Trade & Investment and Screen NSW helped secure production of The Wolverine for Sydney and NSW.

The production, which will include scenes filmed in the CBD, Sutherland Shire, and Western Sydney, has created almost 2000 jobs for cast, crew and extras, and is expected to spend more than $80 million in NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade & Investment Andrew Stoner recently visited Fox Studios to meet with the film's producers, director, cast and crew.

"NSW is recognised globally as one of the best locations for large scale films and TV programs, and is home to the best post-production, digital and visual effects industry in Australia.

"We strive to provide a film-friendly environment at all times, which is why production companies have chosen to produce blockbusters like The Wolverine and The Great Gatsby here in NSW," Mr Stoner said.

Dan Rosen, Creative Industries Taskforce Chair and ARIA CEO accompanied the Deputy Premier on the visit to Fox Studios.

"There's no doubt the creative talent in Sydney and NSW can produce Hollywood blockbusters, so we need to build on our existing strengths to increase our competitiveness," Mr Rosen said.

"As well as generating jobs and investment, productions like The Wolverine boost our tourism and visitor economy and raise the profile of our State around the world."

Mr Rosen encouraged all those in the film industry, as well as other creative industries, to contribute to the development of a new 10 year Industry Action Plan for the Creative Industries sector in NSW.

Written submissions can be emailed to creative.iap@business.nsw.gov.au until 30 August 2012.

Further information about the development of the Creative Industries Action Plan, including a discussion paper, is available at haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/iap-creativeindustries.