A new project to make a mega film production facility in Sydney’s West has been reported. The development at Penrith Lakes (formerly a quarry and the Sydney Olympic Regatta Centre), called Lakeside Studio would comprise 10 sound stages, offices, screening room, workshop spaces, a cafeteria and a training school. The site is already part of movie history, being a location for Mad Max: Fury Road back in 2012.
The Daily Mail reported that the $150 million project would create up to 300 construction jobs over three years and, once completed, the site would employ up to 2,000 people on major movie projects.
James M Vernon, who produced Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge said ‘The demand for studio space in Australia has quadrupled in the past 10 years and recent inquiries from overseas producers have amounted to $2 billion in production expenditure’.
A project such as this would be a great addition to Sydney’s offering as a production hub of choice for local and International productions. Planning Minister, Rob Stokes is reported to be revealing plans soon. More to come…
📷: Movie magic at Sydney’s existing Fox Studios Australia: Screen NSW