Did you know that Centennial Parklands is one of the most film-friendly public spaces in Australia? We host over 180 commercial filming and photography shoots a year, and have a long history of featuring in movie blockbusters including the Great Gatsby, Australia, Wolverine and Gods of Eygpt just to name a few.
Why? Just have a look at the brand new UK trailer for Peter Rabbit!
Did you spot Centennial Park? About 80% of the production was filmed right here! ????
In the film, Peter’s mischievous and adventurous feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before. Their fight to gain control of McGregor’s coveted vegetable garden and the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne) will play out for all to see in cinemas in 2018.
Our support for the filming and photography industry assists the State to deliver on the Film Friendly NSW policy, which aims to attract and support filming activity across NSW.
Why is this important?
There are numerous reasons why:
- It is reported that commercial film and television sector supports the Australian economy by around $5.8 billion annually.
- It directly and indirectly supports local job creation – for example, a large-scale film production at peak times can create up to 2,000 jobs.
- It directly and indirectly brings economic benefits to local businesses and the local community – for example, more workers attracted to the Parklands means cafes, restaurants, accommodation and small businesses in the local surrounds see an uplift in business activity.
Being a location for filming and photography also has another direct benefit for Centennial Parklands – it puts us on the map. Being in the spotlight drives awareness and raises the profile of our beautiful places to a national and international audience. Can you think of a film or television show set in New York that doesn’t feature Central Park as a regular backdrop? Just consider the interest generated in visiting that park that comes from being so regularly in the spotlight.
Our support also extends to helping the creative arts and education sectors through partnerships with, for example, the Australian Film Television Radio School and Sydney TAFE.