If you’re the owner of an interesting house in Melbourne, your home could star in an upcoming film or TV series if you register your details with Film Victoria.
As the state government agency that provides funding and support to the screen industry, Film Victoria works closely with filmmakers to source the perfect locations for productions, including private homes, and many of those found across Melbourne are in high demand with filmmakers from Australia and overseas.
“Melbourne’s inner suburbs and surrounds feature a number of Victorian and Edwardian bungalow homes, which are proving really popular with international filmmakers in particular, because they can mimic the architecture of other cities and towns from around the world,” Film Victoria’s Manager of Production Attraction and Support, Joe Brinkmann said.
“In a globally competitive market, the diversity of our architecture and landscapes – along with the support offered by Film Victoria – make Melbourne one of the most attractive places to shoot in our region. The right location could double as just about anywhere – LA, England or even China.”
Member for Albert Park and Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley said: “The Port Phillip area has stunning heritage and modern architecture that makes it such a great place to live and visit – it deserves to be on screens across the world.
Our screen industry is booming with Melbourne and Victoria in hot demand from local and international projects – the wider community can now get in on the action through Film Victoria’s locations register.”
Film Victoria is also seeking American style houses such as Cape Cod and Californian bungalows, Europeans styles like Tudor and English cottages, and art deco, as well as more modest family homes.
Brinkmann encouraged owners to get in touch with Film Victoria to discuss their potential as a temporary film set.
“We know from experience that Melburnians who are willing to open their homes to film crews have an overwhelmingly positive experience: they are compensated financially by production companies, protected by the production’s insurance, and have the thrill of seeing their home on the big (or small) screen once a film or TV show is released,” he said.
Foley added that the Film Industry is thriving and, with significant investment from the Victorian Government, this is set to continue after a record year of growth.
“Last year the Victorian Government announced construction of a new $46 million sound stage at Docklands Studios Melbourne. At 3,700sqm, it will be one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, allowing the studios to attract and host large-scale blockbuster productions while still providing world-class facilities for smaller TV and film projects,” said Foley.
Do you think your home could make the ideal film set? Contact Laura Emerick on 03 9660 3216 or email [email protected] to find out more.
Film Victoria | Marketing and Communications Manager Emily Fiori +61 3 9660 3228 [email protected]