Scout & About: Melbourne - Recent Productions
“Ghost Rider” (2004)
Nicolas Cage starrer, helmed by Mark Steven Johnson, about the flaming vigilante. Produced by Columbia and Crystal Sky, effects work for the darker series reboot, “Ghost Rider: Salvation” is also heading Down Under to post house Iloura.
“Where the Wild Things Are” (2006)
Spike Jonze’s reimagining of the Maurice Sendak classic children’s book saw the Victorian Mornington Peninsula, Little River and Woodend serve as the Wild Things’ realm. The Warner pic also filmed in Docklands Studios and L.A.
Nicolas Cage returned to Melbourne for this apocalyptic sci-fier with local helmer Alex Proyas. After a fight with the federal government, Proyas eventually got this film produced under the more beneficial 40% Producer Offset, which requires a strong Australian component to a film.
“The Pacific” (2008)
The Steven Spielberg-backed epic 10-parter made use of the period architecture in Melbourne to re-create the time of World War II. Certain locations in the northern state of Queensland were also used.
“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (2009)
Katie Holmes battled evil creatures in New England in this frightener helmed by Troy Nixey, but it was actually set in Melbourne and the Mount Macedon region of Victoria. Post and digital effects were also done in Melbourne with the pic being scored in Sydney.
“Killer Elite” (2010)
Despite the headline cast of Jason Statham, Clive Owen and a cameo from Robert De Niro, this is a local prod that follows Statham’s character who has to help save his mentor (De Niro) after he is taken captive.
“The Eye of the Storm” (2010)
An Aussie dream team of helmer Fred Schepisi and thesp Geoffrey Rush, along with source material by Oz author Patrick White. Pic had its world premiere at the recent 60th anniversary of the Melbourne Intl. Film Festival.
Note: The years above indicate the time of production and not the release date.
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