Look out LA: the Australians are coming. Well, more of them anyway. Screen Queensland (SQ) has announced LA-deSQ at Charlie’s in Los Angeles, a creative workspace for writers, directors and producers at the historic Raleigh Studios right in the heart of Hollywood and is named after Charlie Chaplin who made films and frequently played cards with Douglas Fairbanks at the studio. The aim is to advance Queensland’s screen industry overseas in collaboration with Australians in Film.
“We are thrilled to be working with Australians in Film and launching our LA-deSQ at Charlie’s, a creative workspace for Queensland practitioners to develop their projects and potentially collaborate with Hollywood producers,” said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira. “Los Angeles is an important business destination for Queensland content creators andLA-deSQ at Charlie’s can open up opportunities for Queenslanders to build professional relationships with US commissioners and financiers with the aim to increase co-productions and investors in Queensland productions and IP. ”
SQ cites Thor: Ragnarok, the third instalment of the Marvel Studios’ franchise, as commence filming exclusively in Queensland next month as one of the key collaborations between Queensland and Hollywood. Other productions such as Story Bridge Films and Arclight’s Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe have recently wrapped along with Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island, Arclight’s Chinese co-production Nest and Columbia Picture’s The Shallows. These follow on from The Walt Disney Company/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, New Line Cinema’s San Andreas and PDV investments, Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment’s The Age of Adaline and Sony Pictures Television and Tribune Studios’ Underground.
“LA-deSQ at Charlie’s is our way to help our practitioners make productions and share ideas, connections with LA based filmmakers. It will further our positive international mark and reputation and lead to more business back at home,” added Viera.