Docklands Studios Melbourne has opened its first super stage.
Stage 6 at 3,700 sqm is one of the largest in the southern hemisphere and enables the city to host bigger productions than ever before. It includes a 900,000 litre, 4.5 metre deep water tank for underwater scenes; full soundproofing; two equipment hoists, each with a load of 500Kg; dressing and audition rooms; a three-storey annex with production offices plus refurbishment of the studio’s mess halls.
The first production to shoot in Stage 6 will be the Robbie Williams biopic Better Man directed and co-written by Victorian Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman).
Incoming CEO Antony Tulloch who succeeds CEO Rod Allan, said,“I am excited to be taking over the running of Docklands Studios Melbourne at a watershed moment for the screen industry in Victoria.
“The studio already has a reputation for supporting productions every step along the way, and I look forward to building on its profile in the global market.”
CEO of VicScreen Caroline Pitcher said: “The global screen industry has grown exponentially in recent years, and the launch of this cutting-edge super stage will allow Melbourne and the state of Victoria to house even more phenomenal productions.”
Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson added: “With some of the best production staff and talent in the world, epic shooting locations and now the addition of Sound Stage 6, Victoria is a creative beacon for the biggest film and television projects at a global scale.”
“Productions filmed here are creating thousands of local jobs, boosting local businesses, and injecting millions of dollars into our economy, this new super stage will see a significant increase to those benefits across the state.”
International and Australian producers have recently been lining up to film at Docklands Studios Melbourne and the new sound stage will expand total stage capacity by more than 60 per cent.
The AUD$46 million expansion of the Victorian Government-owned facility is a key pillar of the state’s screen strategy, adding to a generous incentive scheme managed by the state’s creative and economic screen development agency VicScreen.
Complementing the State’s strong support of the industry comes a large pool of world-class production crew, creative and technology businesses and a range of film-friendly locations close to Melbourne.
In the last two years, Docklands Studios Melbourne has hosted the homegrown Netflix thriller Clickbait, Paramount Television’s Shantaram and the first instalment of NBC’s hit drama La Brea.
The studio’s 2022 slate includes the second season of La Brea and sci-fi thriller Foe, produced by AC Studios, I Am That and See-Saw Films for Prime Video.
Docklands Studios Melbourne opened in 2004 just five minutes from central Melbourne – the sporting, food and cultural capital of Australia. It has five existing stages ranging from 743 to 2,323sqm (8,000 to 25,000sqft).