After a year with no major film productions in Australia, the local industry is breathing a sigh of relief as for the second Saturday in a row a major feature is set to begin shooting.
Following on from the announcement of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” last weekend, the NSW Government announced today production would kick off shortly in Sydney on a sequel to last year’s $27 million action feature “Tomorrow, When the War Began”.
Nicknamed the ‘Aussie Red Dawn’, the film was an adaptation of the first book in John Marsden’s best-selling seven novel series about a small band of teenagers from the fictional country town of Wirrawee who wage a guerrilla war after the northern most areas of Australia are invaded and occupied by a major (but unnamed) foreign power.
The first film drew generally positive reviews and $13.5 million at the local box-office, making it the the highest-grossing local film of 2010.
Set to once again shoot around the Hunter Region and the Blue Mountains, it’s expected to pump almost $40 million and create up to 450 jobs for the local economy.