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Redlands Coast a backdrop for JOE Vs CAROLE


Universal Studio Group’s JOE Vs CAROLE, which filmed on Redlands Coast and at Brisbane’s Screen Queensland Studios late last year, is set to stream on Stan in Australia from tomorrow (4 March 2022).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said it was fantastic that Redlands Coast locations in Alexandra Hills, Capalaba, Thornlands and Raby Bay would feature in the series about the lives of big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin and fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel.

JOE Vs CAROLE is the latest production to have recognised the versatile offering of film-friendly Redlands Coast – from the natural bushland setting at Alexandra Hills, to bayside parks at Raby Bay and diverse architecture across the city, there is much on offer within our city that can double for global locations such as Oklahoma and Florida,” Cr Williams said.

This scene was filmed on location at MacArthur Street, Alexandra Hills. Photo: Mark Taylor/Peacock

“We recognise the importance of the contribution that productions such as JOE Vs CAROLE are making for much-needed economic recovery in the light of COVID-19 and potential for future film tourism opportunities.

JOE Vs CAROLE injected approximately $31.7 million to Queensland’s economy, with Redlands Coast seeing the lion’s share of that from the production filming locally over five months, boosting local businesses and creating local jobs.

“Just some of the local businesses to benefit include the Alexandra Hills Hotel and Conference Centre, Wild Brew Café and Montezumas at Capalaba, and Redlands Veterinary Clinic in Thornlands.

“We are fortunate that NBC Universal also recently chose some of those Redlands Coast locations including Capalaba, Raby Bay Foreshore Park and a nearby canal residence for its television series Young Rock early last year,” Cr Williams said.

Peta Ross, Line Producer for JOE Vs CAROLE said, “Filming in Redlands Coast was a fantastic experience for us. We were able to use one location for two very different looks as well as utilise surrounding local business.”

JOE Vs CAROLE is a limited series from United Content Producers based on the hit Wondery podcast depicting the true events of Carole Baskin (Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon), a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit, and sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry.

Leveraging its local expertise and infrastructure, Matchbox Pictures led and oversaw the project.

JOE Vs CAROLE will stream concurrently on USA Network and streaming service Peacock and Stan in Australia.

Screen Queensland was able to help attract JOE Vs CAROLE to Queensland through the Queensland Government’s Production Attraction Strategy.

Redland City Council’s film friendly approach has helped attract global productions since 2010 including Aquaman, Harrow, Safe Harbour, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Chronicles of Narnia – Curse of the Dawn Treader, The Wilds, Holey Moley, Great White, Love and Monsters, Young Rock, Reef Break and Tidelands.

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Minjerribah on show in Aussie drama mystery TV series


A new Australian drama mystery series from Acorn TV, Darby and Joan, has recently wrapped filming on Redlands Coast and other south-east Queensland locations.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the series, produced by Australian production company CJZ, would showcase the rugged beauty and unique grandeur of North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) to millions of viewers via one of the world’s leading streaming services Acorn TV in 2022.

“We were pleased to welcome 75 cast and crew members to Minjerribah for almost a week in September last year,” she said.

“With Darby and Joan injecting an estimated $6.6 million into the economy and generating approximately 95 jobs for Queensland cast and crew, it’s great to see our local economy receiving a share of this through visitor nights and associated spending by the production.”

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) was one of the locations chosen for the filming of the new TV series Darby and Joan. Photo: Scott Belzner

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said it was fantastic to see Redlands Coast and Minjerribah forging a reputation as a location of choice for film production.

“Minjerribah is known for its iconic scenery and Darby and Joan will feature several of our naturally wonderful locations including Amity Point, South Gorge, Cylinder Beach and Home Beach,” Cr Mitchell said.

“This is the latest production to film on Minjerribah, with other productions including the blockbuster Aquaman; showing the island is attracting more than just tourists and surfers, it is becoming a location of choice for filmmakers.”

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) was a location loved by the series director and producers.

CJZ Head of Drama Claire Tonkin said, “We’ve always talked about this series being a love letter to some of the most beautiful spots in Queensland and, when I first saw where we’d be filming, I literally gasped out loud at its beauty.

“Shooting there was a wonderful experience for the whole cast and crew, and I can’t wait for the audience in the rest of Australia and around the world to see it onscreen.”

Roger Paul, location manager for Darby and Joan, said: “I’ve spent years in Vancouver, Canada, which is renowned for being one of the biggest production hubs on the planet with excellent support infrastructure from the local municipalities, and I can say with real confidence Redlands Coast is without a doubt on a par with them.”

Billed as a rollicking road trip with a mystery twist, Darby and Joan stars Bryan Brown as a retired Australian police officer with a dog as his only companion, and Greta Scacchi as a widowed English nurse.

The pair meet and embark on an epic odyssey in the outback of northern Australia.

An Acorn Original production, Darby and Joan will have its world premiere exclusively on Acorn TV in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Latin America, Australia, Spain, and Portugal among others in 2022.

The series is produced by CJZ with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland.

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Minjerribah sets the scene for The Wilds filming


Redlands Coast has once again proven itself a haven for the international screen industry, with scenes for season 2 of hit Amazon Prime show The Wilds filmed on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah).

The Wilds centres around a group of teenage girls from different backgrounds who find themselves marooned on an island, unaware they are part of an elaborate social experiment.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the filming, which occurred at picturesque Deadman’s Beach, Frenchman’s Beach, South Gorge, Flinders Beach and on Southern Moreton Bay, was great news for Redlands Coast.

“The production team undertook five filming blocks between April and August, with about 200 cast and crew staying on the island during this time,” Cr Williams said.

“This entailed about 4000 bed nights with local accommodation providers including Pandanus Palms Resort, Samarinda Jewel by the Sea, Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel, Allure Resort, Whale Watch Ocean Beach Resort, Anchorage on Straddie, The Islander Holiday Resort, Discover Stradbroke and Dolphin Holiday Accommodation.

“It is anticipated the production provided a direct economic injection of more than $800,000 to the island and Redlands Coast economy.

“Not only did this deliver economic and tourism activity, it’s yet another exciting opportunity for our wonderful vistas (pictured) to be showcased on screens around the world.”

Co-produced by Amazon Studios and ABC Signature Studios, part of Disney Television Studios, The Wilds Season 2 engaged Brisbane-based production company Hoodlum Entertainment as its service company in Australia.

Hoodlum Entertainment’s Chief Content Officer Tracey Vieira said the production company had previously had great experiences filming on Redlands Coast, and was pleased to return to film parts of The Wilds season 2.

“With its pristine beaches, breathtaking vistas and lovely community, it’s always a pleasure for our cast and crew to film on Minjerribah,” Ms Vieira said.

“During our time on location on the island we were able to capture incredible imagery of stunning locations that we can all be proud of when The Wilds season 2 premieres worldwide on Amazon Prime.

“We love filming on Redlands Coast and hope to be back again soon to feature some of its other diverse locations.”

Division 2 Councillor Peter Mitchell said The Wilds season 2 filming on Minjerribah was great for the island economy, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Redlands Coast has a global reputation as a natural choice for film and television, and it’s easy to see why,” Cr Mitchell said.

“Our stunning locations and friendly communities are all within 35 minutes of Brisbane, half an hour from the Screen Queensland Studios at Hemmant and less than an hour from the Village Roadshow Studios at Helensvale.

“It’s been fantastic to see yet another major production being filmed on this beautiful island, and I thank our island community for hosting the production and sharing their backyard with the cast and crew.”

In January 2021, The Wilds season 1 was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

The Wilds which received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

Redland City Council is proud to be part of Screen Queensland’s Film-Friendly Pathways Program.

Redlands Coast locations have proven attractive to filmmakers since 2010, featuring in movies and TV shows such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Unbroken, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Aquaman, Tidelands, Holey Moley, Safe Harbour, Harrow, Reef Break, Love and Monsters and Young Rock.

The Wilds is also supported under the Morrison Government’s $400 million boost to the Location Incentive to create a pipeline of international projects, which will generate tens of thousands of Australian jobs in the screen industry over coming years.

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TV series returns to Redlands Coast for Young Rock


Raby Bay Foreshore Park and a nearby canal residence were the latest Redlands Coast locations to be selected for new NBC Universal television series Young Rock.

Redland City Mayor Karen William said the filming took place at Sentinel Court, Raby Bay and a private home as part of the US series about the life of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

“This is the latest in a long-list of credits for Redlands Coast locations, delivering much-needed economic activity and tourism opportunity,” Cr Williams said.

“The crew returned to Cleveland recently, after having already filmed at Capalaba, showing the versatility of local locations.”

Cr Williams said the Redlands Coast region had continued to prove attractive for filmmakers since the first major production, The Chronicles of Narnia, used local settings in 2010.

“Superstar Angelina Jolie then brought her Unbroken production to the bayside in 2013, with Pirates of the Caribbean landing in 2017,” Cr Williams said.

“During the next two years, Aquaman, Tidelands, Safe Harbour, Harrow, Reef Break and Love and Monsters all followed.

“Even last year, when Australia’s film and television industry was severely affected by shutdowns due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Eureka Productions chose the Redlands Coast for filming of Holey Moley.

“The hit TV entertainment series, now airing on Channel 7, contributed more than $1 million to the local economy.”

Afa and Sika, aka The Wild Samoans (John Tui and Fasitua Amosa), Little Dewey (Adrian Groulx), Ata Johnson (Stacey Leilua) and Rocky “Soulman” Johnson (Joseph Lee Anderson) on the set of Young Rock. Photo: Mark Taylor/NBC Universal.

Cr Williams said few locations could provide the same calibre of settings as the Redlands Coast – all within 35 minutes of Brisbane, half an hour from the Screen Queensland Studios at Hemmant and less than an hour to the Village Roadshow Studios at Helensvale.

“From calm water settings in Moreton Bay to our beaches and breathtaking vistas like the North Gorge Walk on North Stradbroke Island, Redlands Coast offers stunning locations and friendly communities all within our city boundary,” Cr Williams said.

“With our commitment to economic development, the Redlands Coast continues to build its reputation as an ideal location for international movie shoots and Australian television production. Council remains committed to fostering these relationships.”

Film and TV productions to have used Redlands Coast locations:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Walden Media, 2010
  • Unbroken, Legendary Pictures, 2013
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Walt Disney Productions, 2017
  • Hoges, 2017
  • Aquaman, Warner Bros, 2018
  • Tidelands, Hoodlum Entertainment, 2018
  • Safe Harbour, Matchbox Pictures, 2018
  • Harrow (seasons one and two), Hoodlum Entertainment, 2017 and 2019
  • Reef Break, Wild Poppy Entertainment, 2019
  • Great White, Thrills & Spills, 2019
  • Love and Monsters, Paramount Players, 2020
  • Holey Moley, Eureka Productions, 2020

Young Rock received support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland.

 

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