Russell Crowe and crew hit Coffs Harbour in Studio Crusade

Will Coffs Harbour get a studio complex with virtual production and added golfcarts? The bid opens with a key ceremony.

Flocks of American producers have been descending on Australia looking for facilities and government support as the streaming companies hunt for meat-and-potatoes content for their catalogues. 

Studio companies are busily getting construction permits and lining up concrete suppliers. The WA industry is pushing ahead with the Fremantle Studios, Melbourne is adding another soundstage and extra facilities, country mayors are dreaming big – and Coffs Harbour has joined the push as well. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.