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Lights, camera, action: Fremantle Port set to host world class film studio

Posted on February 20, 2021
  • A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest $100 million to build a state-of-the-art film studio and screen production facility at Victoria Quay in Fremantle
  • Facility is the critical piece of infrastructure needed to take WA’s film industry to the next level
  • Commitment includes an additional $20 million for a Screen Production Attraction Fund
  • Potentially 2,800 new ongoing jobs to be created in film production and hospitality

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will spend $120 million to take Western Australia’s screen industry to the next level, creating a world-class film studio and screen production facility at Victoria Quay in Fremantle and investing in a screen production attraction fund.

The facility will contain a number of purpose-built, highly sound-resistant stages and other onsite facilities such as offices, construction space, parking, set storage and other amenities.

It is envisaged that the facility will take the local screen industry to the next level – creating jobs for locals in the industry and affiliated areas. It will also support the immersive technology and video games industry.

The State Government called for proposals to develop the studio as part of its Problem and Opportunity Statements initiative in 2020 which brings the government and private sector together to stimulate the economy and create jobs in WA.

Through that process, Home Fire Creative Industries Pty Ltd (a consortium including Hesperia) were invited to Stage 3 of the Market-led proposal, which includes due diligence and negotiations between the parties.

The construction of the facility will create more than 580 jobs, with approximately 2,800 film production and precinct hospitality jobs supported per year for the longer term.

The $20 million Screen Production Attraction Fund will help attract new local, national and international projects to Western Australia that will use the new film studio and will unlock Federal funding. This builds on the previously announced $16 million investment in the WA Screen Fund, which encourages production in the State’s regions.

A film studio was identified as a major opportunity for Fremantle in the Victoria Quay Waterfront Steering Committee report released last year, and will be a major part of the McGowan Labor Government’s efforts to transform Victoria Quay.

Work is underway on the Gage Roads Brewing Company A Shed redevelopment, to turn the almost 100-year-old landmark building into a harbourside micro-brewery and restaurant.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“Western Australia has been punching well above its weight in delivering high quality screen content, with productions such as “Mystery Road”, “The Heights”, “Breath”, “Rams”, “Furnace”, “H is for Happiness”, and “Itch”, to name a few, leading the way.

“With an insatiable demand for screen content around the world generated by streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and Prime, production facilities are being fully utilised and producers are looking for facilities to produce their films.

“That’s why we established the process in government to work with the private sector to develop a new film studio, to take WA to the next level.

“The fact that we have managed the pandemic well means we have an added advantage and can offer a safe environment to produce the productions.

“The Screen Production Attraction Fund will help attract medium to large film productions to WA and will complement the State’s existing film incentive funds, as well as Federal funding.

“By investing in the screen industry, the WA Labor Government is diversifying our economy and helping to keep Western Australia strong.

“The creation of a film studio at Victoria Quay builds on our plan to transform this part of Fremantle Port into a vibrant precinct, full of attractions and jobs.”