Hollywood Downunder – Australian Film Making
Did you know that the first feature length film ever was made in Australia? It was called The Story of the Kelly Gang and it was made in 1906, telling the story of the famous Australian bushranger, Ned Kelly.
Australia has a rich history of film making, and has given the world many famous film people such as Errol Flynn, Rod Taylor, Peter Weir, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger and the Hemsworth brothers.
Australia has produced some great home-grown films such as the Mad Max trilogy, Moulin Rouge, Wolf Creek, Australia, Happy Feet, The Cars That Ate Paris, Shine, Crocodile Dundee, Animal Kingdom, Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Babe, Strictly Ballroom, Lantana, The Sum of Us and Young Einstein.
It is also a major centre of film production for the rest of the world, with its studios producing films such as The Matrix Trilogy, Star Wars Episodes I, II and III, Mission Impossible:2, Wolverine, Superman Returns, Dark City, Knowing, Where the Wild Things Are, Daybreakers and Ghost Rider. A real Hollywood Downunder.
Australia’s major studios are located in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast, so naturally a lot of filming locations are located in those areas. Australia’s appeal to film makers is helped by abundant natural light and locations that extend from tropical jungles to desert and snow. Its urban landscapes offer everything from historic locations to modern skyscrapers.
If you have an interest in visiting movie locations, we at Planetdwellers can help you seek out the spots you know from the productions above and many others when you visit Australia. We can plan your specialist itinerary.