Film Great Southern
Feature films and documentaries can deliver a range of benefits to the Great Southern in direct employment and development of local talent. Importantly, films can also deliver strong promotion of the region intrastate, nationally and internationally.
For these reasons, the Great Southern Regional Investment Blueprint includes a significant project component to encourage further growth of creative industries in the Great Southern, including film-making. In line with the aims of the Blueprint, the GSDC secured funding that helped to clinch a decision to produce a feature film of Tim Winton’s award-winning novel Breath in the Great Southern town of Denmark in 2016.
Investment in future film productions in the region is keenly encouraged by the GSDC. Work is under way to enhance the ability of Great Southern local governments and communities to attract film productions, and to further develop the region as a film-ready location.
The $16 million Regional Film Fund, made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, will help to attract film investment in the regions from 2016 to 2020.
The Great Southern offers film-makers a wide selection of unique locations for coastal, rural and urban settings.
Its varied coastline has long, sweeping beaches and secluded coves. Stalwart granite cliffs stand against the relentless Southern Ocean, and contrast with jagged limestone cliffs.
Heritage buildings and unmatched harbour settings are available, along with a broad range of period and contemporary buildings in urban, semi-rural and rural locations.
Landscape types include open farmland, tall forest, open bush, plains, hills, ranges, rivers and lakes.