Gold Coast Film Festival has unveiled a game-changer for cultural tourism on the Gold Coast, with the announcement today of its Movie Locations Tour program.
The move sees Gold Coast join cities like Los Angeles, New York and London to capitalise on the growing number of major companies choosing Gold Coast locations for their films and provide a new avenue for tourists and local film fanatics to see the city as well as explore its hidden gems.
The Gold Coast Movie Locations Tour will be introduced in April as part of the Festival and will take guests on a three-hour journey visiting shooting locations for over 20 films. We’re talking the likes of Kong: Skull Island, The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, San Andreas and Muriel’s Wedding.
It’s a first for Gold Coast and understandably, film fans are a little excited at the prospect. As well as the shooting locations, the tour will include interviews with film crews, an exclusive virtual behind-the-scenes tour of Village Roadshow Studios and share previously untold celebrity stories and hotspots.
And the awesome news is that there will be SIX tours during the Festival, launching film tourism for the Gold Coast with one almighty bang!
Tickets have now been released for six tours, which will run during the Gold Coast Film Festival in April, marking the launch of the film tourism industry on the Gold Coast.
Which leaves one big question hanging. Will this be a “thing” or just a Festival event. Lucy Fisher, Director of the Film Festival says she wants to wait and see.
“We’re interested to see what the response is to the initial tours before looking at running them throughout the year or building on the tours for next year’s festival,” she told Blank Gold Coast.
“It can only be a good thing for the Gold Coast’s reputation as a filmmaking city if a commercial operator were to come in and put on similar tours. I’m sure there will be commercial operators looking at what we do this year.”
“You only have to look at the success of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Tours in New Zealand as an example of how film location tours can have a significant impact on regional tourism,” Lucy said.
Aside from film locations, the tour will share celebrity haunts. From where Johnny Depp ate dinner, Daniel Radcliffe got a tan or Blake Lively got coffee. There will also be a tour of Emmy-award winning studio JMB FX, famous for its work on films such as Ghost Ship, The Ruins, The House of Wax, San Andreas, Scooby Doo, Street Fighter and most recently Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island, The Shallows and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Plus, there’s the cafes and attractions that have been endorsed in person or via social media by Hollywood superstars who’ve recently filmed here: Harry Potter and Jungle actor Daniel Radcliffe, The Shallows’ actress Blake Lively, The Wolverine’s Hugh Jackman and Thor: Ragnarok’s Tom Hiddleston.
Tours run on Saturday 22, Sunday 23 and Monday 24 April as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival at 9.00am and 1.00pm each day. Tickets are $55 and available now.
And if that isn’t awesome enough, thanks to a divisional donation by Division 2 Councilor William Owen-Jones, A.B. Paterson College and Helensvale State High School students will be offered free places on the tour.
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Gold Coast Film Festival runs 19 – 30 April and Blank Gold Coast is a proud media partner. Full program launches 8 March. Get more at gcfilmfestival.com.