Locals and out-of-towners are now able to catch a glimpse behind the silver screen with the launch of guided movie tours.
The Gold Coast has joined major cities around the world including Los Angeles, New York and London, to offer tours of movie location sites.
Introduced as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival, the Gold Coast Movie Locations Tour takes guests on a three hour journey visiting shooting locations for more than 20 films including Kong: Skull Island, The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, San Andreas and Muriel’s Wedding.
The Gold Coast’s first tour will also feature interviews with film crew, an exclusive virtual behind-the-scenes tour of Village Roadshow Studios and share previously untold celebrity stories and hotspots.
Not only is the tour a great opportunity to see where big blockbusters chose to film, it is a great way to see the Gold Coast as guests are taken on a cinematic journey through the heart of the city.
“The Gold Coast has become a key filming location for some of the world’s biggest blockbusters, which is a reflection of the Gold Coast being a world-class destination with superb facilities,” says Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“New York, LA, London and other major cities around the world have been operating movie location tours for years and it’s fantastic to see us moving into this direction.”
The tour will make four major stops, including a stop at Emmy-award winning makeup-effects studio JMB FX where guests will receive a tour of the workshop. JMB FX is famous for its work on films including Ghost Ship, The Ruins, The House of Wax, San Andreas, Scooby Doo, Street Fighter and most recently Thor: Ragnarok and The Shallows.
Tickets have now been released for six tours, which will run during the Gold Coast Film Festival in April, marking the launch of the film tourism industry on the Gold Coast.
A new report by Screen Australia has found that Australia’s screen industry contributed $3 billion to GDP in 2014-2015 and created 25,000 jobs.
Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira says the screen industry is an integral part of the Gold Coast and the launch of the film tourism industry is welcomed.
“The screen industry in Queensland is growing exponentially and the launch of the movie location tour will create excitement and opportunity for local filmmakers, as well as cinema fans across the city,” Vieira says.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to learn about Queensland’s screen industry and be inspired by the work of local and international talent.”
Meanwhile, Gold Coast Film Festival Director Lucy Fisher says she is thrilled to introduce the movie locations tour during the festival and encourages both locals and tourists to experience it.
“As the city’s flagship film event, Gold Coast Film Festival is committed to promoting the Gold Coast as a filmmaking destination and supporting the filmmakers and crew working in the local industry, and we are so excited to introduce the movie locations tour as part of this year’s festival program,” Fisher says.
“The tours will be a unique way to experience the Gold Coast for both locals and tourists, allowing people to peek behind the curtain of the local film industry. People are genuinely interested in filmmaking – it has a real magic to it and we’re aiming to bring some of the magic to life in this tour.”
“Aside from film locations, we also get the chance to share some favourite celebrity haunts – whether it’s where Johnny Depp ate dinner, Daniel Radcliffe got a tan or Blake Lively got coffee. There’s always something exciting about knowing what A-list actors shooting on the Gold Coast love to do and where.”
Tours will run 22-24 April during the Gold Coast Film Festival at 9am and 1pm each day.
The 15th annual Gold Coast Film Festival will screen 32 feature films from 13 countries, including four World premieres, nine Australian premieres and eight Queensland premieres, plus a host of short films, events, panels, and intimate Q&A’s with filmmakers from 19-30 April.
The Gold Coast Film Festival has announced a sneak preview of events and special guests expected in April, including the Zoolander Model Party, a one-night-only floating cinema atop Wyndham Cruises brand new vessel ‘Spirit of Elston’ on Thursday 20 April and the third annual Women In Film lunch with special guest and award-winning producer Sue Maslin on Friday 21 March.