South Australia's first Netflix production adds momentum to booming film sector

South Australia's first Netflix production adds momentum to booming film sector

South Australia has scored its first Netflix production, boosting the state’s already booming screen sector.

The Netflix-commissioned TV series Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance! is a 10-episode series shooting at the Adelaide Showgrounds, employing a local cast and crew of 100.

Gymnastics Academy is one of six major screen productions currently under way in South Australia, supporting more than 400 local jobs.

“It’s wonderful to see South Australian directors, producers, actors and crew at work across the state making screen content for local, national and international audiences,” says South Australian Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.

“Screen productions are good news for the wider economy. Gymnastics Academy needed open access to a gymnastics centre for the five weeks shoot - so they have built their own, providing work for a range of tradies.”

The local industry is being supported by a $32 million investment by the SA Government.

“The $12 million screen production fund and $20 million rebate for Post-Production, Digital and Visual Effects are driving job creation and creative opportunities in South Australia’s screen sector,” says Pisoni.

“This twin investment builds on the outstanding success of attracting recent productions like Mortal Kombat, Gold and The Tourist to ensure South Australia remains a destination of choice for screen production.”

Among the South Australian productions currently under way are:

  • Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance, written, produced, created and directed by South Australian filmmaker Clay Glen of Glen Pictures, with South Australian directors Kelly Schilling and Stephen de Villiers, co-produced by South Australian producer Sally Clarke;
  • The Mountain, produced, written and directed by Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes, The Tracker) with South Australian producer Julie Byrne of Triptych Pictures (Gold, Touch, The Babadook), which has just wrapped filming in the Flinders Ranges;
  •  AMC Studios and See-Saw Films vampire series Firebite, shooting in Coober Pedy and around Adelaide, including at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios, with South Australian producer Paul Ranford;
  • Feature documentary Embrace Kids from South Australian body image activist Taryn Brumfitt, with South Australian producers Anna Vincent and Bonnie McBride;
  •  ABC Kids series Beep and Mort, directed by Rosemary Myers and produced by Kaye Weeks of South Australia’s Windmill Pictures;
  • Docu-series Aussie Snake Wranglers S2 from South Australian producer Colin Thrupp of Breakout Productions.

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