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Stars buzzing at Docklands Studios

Should we warn her first….?

“Dame Helen Mirren and David Arquette could be rubbing shoulders with the stars of The Footy Show this week as Docklands Studios Melbourne marks one of its busiest periods ever,” declares a press release from Film Victoria.

The studios are certainly buzzing right now with major films underway, and the odd TV show ticking over as it does every week.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley yesterday visited Docklands Studios where productions at all five soundstages have kicked more than $17 million into the Victorian economy.

Helen Mirren has joined Aussies Jason Clarke, Angus Sampson and Sarah Snook on the supernatural thriller Winchester by Australian directors The Spierig Brothers (Predestination).

Production also commenced last week on The Wheel directed by Melbourne filmmaker Dee McLachlan (The Jammed) starring David Arquette and Jackson Gallagher (Home and Away) and Kendal Rae.

Former Neighbours regulars Krista Vendy and Kym Valentine are busy with another local project, Choir Girl.

Feature-length documentary Guilty has a two week shoot, from director Matthew Sleeth, detailing the final 72 hours in the life of Myran Sukamaran of the ‘Bali Nine’.

Nine also shoots The Footy Show and Hot Seat at Docklands.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “From a Hollywood feature, to local indies and a TV favourite, this production boom at Docklands Studios is a sign of the strength, and diversity, of Victoria’s screen sector.

“These productions will provide hundreds of jobs for local screen practitioners – ranging from actors and crew members, through to those involved in set construction and catering.

“Our world class studios, combined with our investment, ensures that there are plenty more exciting projects in the pipeline.”

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