Ipswich chosen for Godzilla v Kong filming

Ipswich is becoming increasingly popular as a filming destination as movie studios learn what locals already know. Everything the best movies makers might need, is right here.

Ninety crew members and 200 extras descended on The Workshops Rail Museum over the weekend to film exterior locations and stunts for the major feature film Godzilla vs Kong, the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse.

The film pits the gigantic Kong meets the unstoppable Godzilla. The world watches to see which one becomes the king of the monsters.

Some of the stars of the movie are Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies, True Blood), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Rebecca Hall (Wonder Women) and Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver). The movie is slated for release in 2020.

Economic Development and Marketing Department Chief Operating Officer Ben Pole said even if we don’t know the victor in Godzilla vs Kong yet, we do know Ipswich is the winner.

“Having Ipswich chosen as a location for filming brings economic benefits as money flows into local businesses,” Mr Pole said.

“We accommodate the unique needs of filming and we facilitate access to our region’s locations offering a free permit application process.

“The Ipswich City Council is a member of the Screen Queensland Film Friendly pathway Programme, which ensure a harmonious partnership between council and state approval parties, film producers, location scouts and other industry professionals.”

Films recently shot at Ipswich

Don’t Tell (2017)

Jack Thompson, Rachel Griffiths, Aden Young

A woman takes on the church to expose sexual abuse at a private school. Based on events that changed Australia’s child protection laws. A large number of scenes were shot inside the old 1970’s courthouse on the corner of East and Limestone Streets, as well as other parts of the Ipswich CBD. 

We Were Tomorrow (2017)

Chai Hansen, Madeleine Kennedy, Johnny Brady

Aussie TV series filmed at Woodlands of Marburg, Rosewood Railway Museum, The Workshops Rail Museum, The Old Church Marburg and Grandchester Sawmill. The crew purchased props from Ipswich businesses to return profits to the city.

Childeater (2018)

“Having it on good authority that her elderly next door neighbour eats children, five-year-old Darcy slowly begins to realise that things are not always what they seem.”

Ipswich local Linda Millar not only wrote the short film but was also the executive producer and a member of the cast.

The short film was shot at the Ipswich Historical Society, New Chum.

Harrow (2018)

A 10 part series on ABC, Harrow is the story of Dr Daniel Harrow struggling to keep his dark past a secret. He must use all of his forensic skills to keep it buried forever.

Scenes were shot inside a house on Glebe Road at Newtown. Cameron Park was also used for film crews.

Black & Gold Documentary (2018)

The focus was on German Shepherds and how these beloved companions have helped their owners overcome loss, help with depression and drug addiction. Black & Gold documentary delves into the powerful bond shared between human and dog.

The documentary was shot mostly in Ipswich.

Businesses wanting to have their location considered by filmmakers can register with Screen Queensland here.

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