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New blockbuster set to head down under

Joint Media Release

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for Communications and the Arts

Ross Vasta MP
Federal Member for Bonner

Live action feature film Monster Problems is the latest set to film on Australian shores this year, thanks to a $7.7 million boost through the Morrison Government's Location Incentive. The film stars Dylan O'Brien and is directed by Michael Matthews.

Monster Problems is a coming-of-age tale about a young man living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by monsters. It will be filmed in Queensland in the first half of this year.

Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield said the film will inject new foreign investment into the economy.

“This project will create more than 700 new jobs and directly benefit over 220 local businesses, including making use of Australia's world-class visual effects studios,” Minister Fifield said.

Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said the production will be the first to use the new Screen Queensland Studios opened in the electorate last week, and will cement Queensland's reputation as a premier filming destination.

“We are committed to supporting major productions in Australia so our local cast and crew have the opportunity to work on large sets and learn from global industry experts,” Mr Vasta said.  

Lee Rosenthal, President of Physical Production for Paramount Pictures, said: “We had a truly exemplary experience filming Dora the Explorer in Queensland last year, and are delighted to continue this symbiotic relationship with Australia, the Queensland community and the Australian Government.”

Season 4 of the live action drama series Preacher will be filmed in Victoria in the first half of 2019 also thanks to Government support through the new Location Incentive. The production will receive an additional $8.6 million to film in Australia. It is the largest budget series to shoot in Victoria in a decade.

The Government's Location Incentive complements the Location Offset, providing an increase in the offset rate from 16.5% to 30% for eligible large budget international productions that film in Australia.

For more information visit: www.arts.gov.au/australian-screen-production-incentive

Media contacts:

Minister Fifield: Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au
Ross Vasta: Ashleigh Saunders | 0432 163 156 | Ashleigh.Saunders [at] aph.gov.au