How Sydney Became Australia’s Hollywood

Sydney has long been a favourite filming destination for local and international productions, earning the name as Australia’s Hollywood. 

With over 15,000 people employed in the film sector, the industry has significantly contributed to the city’s economy and cultural landscape.

On today’s This Arvo in Sydney, we will find out how Sydney’s film industry is faring. Have these changes impacted us for the better or worse? 

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sydney experienced a significant boom in film productions as several major US films relocated to the city amid lockdowns in the United States. 

The film industry in Sydney flourished with stars like Chris Hemsworth returning home to shoot blockbusters like “Love and Thunder.” 

However, due to the Covid pandemic restrictions, some productions were suspended or shut down.

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As we’re well aware, hundreds of productions of TV shows and movies were actually suspended or abandoned during this time,”

LiSTNR journalist Madeline Palmer said.

There’s just such an incredible work ethic here. I think the enthusiasm, especially since we haven’t shot a lot of films here for a few years now, international films this size, there’s a different energy.”

Palmer said Sydney’s film industry had a rich history since the release of “The Story of the Kelly Gang” in 1906, often considered the world’s first feature-length narrative film. 

Over the years, iconic films like “Mad Max,” “Crocodile Dundee,” “Moulin Rouge,” “The Matrix” series, and “The Great Gatsby” were filmed in different locations across the city.

Hosted by Sacha Barbour, This Arvo in Sydney is a 10 to 12 minute daily news podcast made just for Sydney! Listen now on the Listnr app.