Mayor Julia Leu has welcomed news Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be filmed in Queensland next year – with the Douglas Shire to feature as one of the locations.
The Federal Government spent $21.6 million to secure the Walt Disney Studios production in Australia, with the Queensland Government also offering an incentive package that included payroll tax concessions to beat out several other Australian states and Mexico to host the film.
While the exact locations for filming are yet to be finalised, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 producers were impressed with the Douglas Shire on a recent location scout mission and Screen Queensland representatives will meet with Council next week to further discuss potential sites.
“Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be the biggest production ever filmed in Australia and of course we are delighted the franchise’s producers consider the Douglas Shire so highly,” Mayor Leu said.
“We are blessed with so many amazing and diverse potential locations in the Douglas Shire and have proven in the past with productions such as The Thin Red Line, Fool’s Gold and The Pacific that we can accommodate hundreds of crew for several months.
“Our local businesses have proven they can support large productions with everything from catering to extras to transport and accommodation, and of course movie stars love it because our locals are very laidback and just treat them like a normal person.
“Council has been collaborating with Tourism Port Douglas Daintree and Screen Queensland for several months to establish the Douglas Shire as regional Queensland’s premier film location and it appears our efforts are paying off, with interest from other productions as well.
“While Council is only playing a very small role, we very much look forward to working closer with Screen Queensland and Pirates of the Caribbean producers to promote our wonderful destination.
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree Executive Officer Tara Bennett said hosting production of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 would be a chance to the destination to shine in front of a whole new audience.
“You simply can’t buy that type of exposure and publicity and it would give a lot of confidence to the tourism market and stimulate massive interest in Port Douglas and the Daintree,” Ms Bennett said.
Production of the film is expected to start in February next year.
Council recently launched a film locations database with Screen Queensland to attract film and television producers and location scouts from around the world.
If you would like to contribute to the film locations database – whether you run a tour to a pristine pocket of the rainforest or own a restaurant, resort or property you would like to see showcased on the big screen – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4099 9444.