The film is the latest production to be lured to Australia under the federal government’s $ 400 million incentive program. This increases the tax compensation for foreign productions from 16.5 percent to 30 percent of local expenditure.
Arts Secretary Paul Fletcher said the federal government will contribute $ 5.8 million to production, which is expected to create more than 500 local cast and crew jobs and 550 roles for extras.
„“Black light will revitalize the Victorian display industry, so badly hit by COVID-19, “Minister Fletcher said.
Mr. Williams, who also directed Neeson in the latest thriller Honest thiefsaid he was considering shooting in the US, Canada and Australia but was ultimately influenced by Australia’s success in fighting the coronavirus.
“I’m very kind to the movie gods, so I believed in the situation,” he said. “I arrived in Australia a few months ago and when I got out of quarantine and walked around Sydney I was shocked at how many people were out without a mask. I’ve been to Melbourne for the last month and so on. The masks here make me feel much more comfortable, not just for our production, but for everyone else in town as well. ”
The production will use LED screen technology similar to that of Disney The Mandalorians. Normally a film of this size would be shot at Docklands Studios, but this facility is already fully booked.
Black light will instead be the first film to use the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Center as a studio, a task it is said to be well-suited for.
Despite the challenges, Mr. Williams said it was vital for independent productions like his to show “that we can get back on track with all of this.”
“You can’t get insurance, you can’t get a bank loan, you are in trouble if someone gets sick,” he said. “Everyone tries, but the virus doesn’t care.”
Karl Quinn is a senior cultural writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
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