ScreenWest produces 2009 record

Four major productions shot in Western Australia in fiscal '09

SYDNEY -- Production levels in western Australia reached a record 72 hours in the 2009 fiscal year with the value of features, TV and documentaries made there totaling AUS$42 million ($37.8 million), WA government agency ScreenWest said Wednesday.

Those levels were triggered with direct investment funding from ScreenWest of $4.77 million and a further $3.78 million in development programs. 

Four major productions, including feature film, “Bran Nue Dae,” documentary “Mad Bastards,” TV series, “Lockie Leonard 2” and “The Circuit 2” and short film” Layoordoo” were all filmed in regional Western Australia, directly spending more than $12.1 million there.

At the same time ScreenWest launched a new "prime time” production fund in conjunction with the Australian Broadcasting Corp. and a “cross media” development initiative with Singapore's Media Development Authority.