Approximately 950 jobs for Victorian screen professionals are on the docket thanks to the shooting of international feature film Foe (Amazon Studios). Four of those jobs include Head of Department roles.
A projected $32 million will also be injected into Victoria’s economy, thanks to the Victorian Screen Incentive and Regional Location Assistance Fund.
A sci-fi psychological thriller, Foe is directed by Victorian filmmaker Garth Davis, who is best known for his award nominated film Lion. It’s based on the novel of the same name written by Ian Reid, who co-wrote the screen adaptation with Davis.
‘I am very proud to be making Foe in my home state of Victoria, particularly on Yorta Yorta country in the amazing Winton Wetlands, which is one of our key locations,’ Davis said. ‘I am incredibly grateful for the support of both the Victorian Government and the Federal Government which have made this possible.’
Filming is already underway at the Winton Wetlands in north east Victoria and Docklands Studios Melbourne. Stars Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Paul Mescal (Normal People) and Aaron Pierre (The Underground Railroad) have even been spotted traipsing about Melbourne’s laneways.
Through Film Victoria’s skills development program, the Victorian Government is supporting placements for three local practitioners to hone their specialist skills on the production – they are director Michael Hudson, costume buyer Ellen Stainstreet and set decorator Tom Herbert.
Foe will additionally engage more than 500 local businesses from across Melbourne and regional Victoria, including construction companies and caterers.
A good time to be in film
Foe follows the likes of Better Man, starring Robbie Williams, and Blacklight, starring Liam Neeson, in filming in Victoria.
The state government has said that investment in the Victorian film industry is at record levels, with more than $391 million channeled into production expenditure in 2020-2021.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said: ‘We’re attracting major international productions and expanding our screen production capabilities to grow our economy, create local jobs and further assert Victoria’s position as a global screen powerhouse.’