Sydney is Australia’s undisputed film and television production hub. A city rich in culture with a passion for cinematography, Sydney leads Australia in the screen sector, with nearly 60% of all people employed nationally in production and post-production businesses based here. More than half of all Australian production and post-production businesses are located in the state of New South Wales.
The local creative industries have produced world-class talents including director George Miller, actors Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett as well as digital animation pioneers Animal Logic, creators of The Lego Movie. Sydney also boasts a kaleidoscope of filming locations from pristine beaches, lush mountains and bush land to stunning cityscapes.
Sydney is home to Fox Studios Australia, with the biggest sound stage in the Southern Hemisphere. The studio, which brought to life films including The Matrix, The Great Gatsby and The Wolverine, provides state of the art filming and digital resources for filmmakers.
Sydney’s dynamic and exciting screen productions challenge perceptions and help audiences to see the world differently, while at the same time telling great stories. From television series set in Sydney such as Redfern Now, or Janet King to movies on the big screen, Sydney loves watching movies as much as it loves making the content. The Sydney Film Festival, the Arab Film Festival, the Academy accredited Flickerfest short film festival, the Queer Screen Film Festival and the Tropfest Film Festival, to name just a few, reflect the eclectic cultural diversity of the city.
As a Creative City of Film, Sydney envisages:
- promoting creativity and diversity in screen production, distribution and enjoyment;
- continuing to provide a welcoming and viable environment for creative industries looking for a world-class platform for their productions. Local production infrastructures make Sydney an economically viable location for developing and producing screen projects; and
- committing to fair, ethical and sustainable productions, which enhance partnerships between local and international actors.