Western Australian regions have received a $16 million investment over the next four years to attract screen production.
The investment through the WA McGowan Government will be made to the WA Screen Fund (previously Western Australian Regional Film Fund), showcasing WA’s regions to national and international audiences.
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said, “You only have to look at how many productions we’ve been involved with in recent years – such as Rams, Breath, H is for Happiness, Dirt Music, Mystery Road and Aussie Gold Hunters – to realise just how vibrant our film and TV industry is.
“These productions not only show off our State and act as a drawcard for visitors, but they also show the depth of talent that is available here in WA in the ranks of our creative industries.”
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said, “Western Australia and its regions have so much to offer for film and television productions.
“We have a fabulous stories and stunning locations in regional WA, plus the people and skills to make these quality productions happen.
“These productions have made a real contribution to local economies in regional towns, supporting regional jobs across WA.”
CEO of Screenwest Willie Rowe added, “The evolution of the Western Australian Screen Fund will provide the WA screen industry with stability at this time and a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop into the future. We also acknowledge and appreciate the Western Australian State Government’s additional measures to support the arts and cultural industries in Western Australia. This is a vital sector within the state, which delivers significant economic and community benefit.”
This week Hollywood actor Kate Walsh floated the idea of filming US productions in WA.