Ipswich goes to Hollywood
IPSWICH is on its way to becoming "the Hollywood of Australia" with tens of thousands of dollars set to pour into the local economy and the potential for far greater revenues in future.
The QT revealed last month how Ipswich City Council is developing its own website that will showcase more than 300 location sites for film directors and producers to tap into.
The site will be linked in with Screen Queensland's database system.
A report by Access Economics estimated the contribution to GDP from the film and television industry in 2009-10 was $6.1 billion.
Cr David Pahlke said the city was in a prime position to tap into those dollars after already proving to be the darling of movie makers with films such as The Railway Man, Mystery Road, Mabo and The Tree being made here.
It is the economic and social benefits that Cr Pahlke said could not be underestimated.
"Ipswich had 33 approaches last year for corporate videos, still photography, TV commercials and movies to be made here, and seven came through," Cr Pahlke said.
"Movies like The Railway Man and 500 Miles were made here, with the potential for many more in the future.
"The film crews always ask to use local motels and employ local actors in bit parts. They dine at local restaurants and eateries and utilise local businesses to provide goods and services such as catering, helicopter hire and rental vehicles.
"They purchase hardware and a range of products for sets.
"On top of that, there is the marketing of the city and its offerings through media reports, social media, film credits and word of mouth from visiting production crews. Then there is the invigoration of social cohesion and pride in the area. You can't put a dollar figure on that.
"People also want to visit the places where films are made."
Cr Pahlke said the city had the capacity to be the setting for a rural, pioneering style blockbuster.
"The main street of Ipswich could be dressed up like 1910.
"A blockbuster would be the icing on the cake and put us on the world movie map."