Film and screen
When it comes to the film industry, the Gold Coast has it all. From perfect weather and diverse locations to world-class production facilities and a huge local network of skilled technical screen workers, our city is a rising force in the global film and television industry.
From beautiful beaches and national parks to hinterland retreats, cane fields and sub-tropical rainforests, the Gold Coast’s unparalleled natural landscape plays a significant role in attracting national and international film productions to the city. However, it is not the only feature attracting blockbusters to the shores of the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast boasts the largest studio lot in the southern hemisphere and has built a reputation for having some of the best crew in the world.
It is estimated that Village Roadshow Studios alone has attracted about $3.6 billion worth of film, reaffirming the city’s position as a movie-making heavyweight. Meanwhile, $1.8 billion has been physically spent in Queensland and on the Gold Coast. Big-name movies to film in the city include Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, San Andreas and The Shallows. Australian productions filmed on the Gold Coast include The Railway Man, Bait 3D and Sanctum 3D.
Gold Coast film studios and locations
Home to the Village Roadshow Studios, the Gold Coast have a sizable production workforce second only to Sydney while our facilities and locations are second to none. Village Roadshow Studios features Australia’s largest sound stage which sits at 3,716 metres squared (40,000 sq ft) and one of the biggest water tanks in the southern hemisphere.
And it’s not just Blockbusters making their mark on the Gold Coast. The city’s buzzing network of boutique production facilities, where filmmakers and content creators produce high-end TV commercials and indie digital media, is also rapidly expanding the city’s screen production capacity.
Within an hour’s drive from the studios are beaches, national parks, modern cityscapes, colonial homesteads, desert dunes and subtropical rainforests, allowing locations from anywhere in the world to be replicated on the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast Reel Scout Locations Directory identifies more than 150 filming locations across the city.
Film crew and industry professionals
The Gold Coast’s film and television sector’s workforce is growing faster than other sectors in the city, and we are now Australia’s most significant regional production centre.
No longer simply playing a supporting role to US blockbusters, big-budget Australian feature films and television series are bolstering the industry and thousands of jobs.
Gold Coast cast, crew and supporting businesses such as lawyers, accountants, caterers and extras are not only filling roles in foreign productions, they play their part in a new era for local productions. As such, the city has become a formidable hub for homegrown independent films, television series, documentaries, and corporate commercials.
Homegrown talent with deep connections in Hollywood are influencing more productions to come to Australia and the Gold Coast, supported by incentives from Screen Queensland and City of Gold Coast.
Filming in the City
Free support and advice on filming within the city is available through the City of Gold Coast. If you are planning to film on the Gold Coast, you need to apply for a film production licence. To apply for a film permit, visit the City of Gold Coast website.