/Media Releases 12.03.21


Australia has attracted yet another major international production: Universal Pictures’ Ticket to Paradise will shoot in Queensland in the Whitsundays, the Gold Coast and in Brisbane in November 2021.

The latest international feature film has been drawn to Australia with a AU$6.4 million grant as part of the Morrison Government’s AU$540 million Location Incentive program in partnership with the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy. The production is expected to inject AU$47 million in expenditure into the Australian economy and create more than 270 jobs for local cast and crew.

The big-budget romantic comedy stars Academy Award winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts as a divorced couple who travel to Bali (for which the Whitsundays will be standing in) to attend their daughter’s wedding.

Directed by Ol Parker (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Working Title), alongside Sarah Harvey and Deborah Balderstone, the blockbuster feature will also inject an estimated AU$32.7 million into the Queensland local economy and create more than 1,000 jobs for local cast and crew.

“It’s thanks to the Australian Federal Government and the Location Incentive program as well as support from State Governments that these major international projects are continuing to select Australia to film. There are a myriad of benefits for productions to shoot in Australia: the state and federal incentives, the mesmerising locations and the talent of Australian creatives and businesses. The management of COVID and our relative low case numbers provide yet another reason to choose Australia as your production partner”.

Kate Marks, CEO, Ausfilm

To date, the Morrison Government has committed more than AU$216 million under the Location Incentive program to attract 22 productions to Australia. This has generated work for over 13,500 businesses that support these international productions, as well as provided more than 12,700 employment opportunities for local cast and crew. This is the twelfth international production announced to film in Australia since the Location Incentive was increased to AU$400 million in July 2020.

“Producers who hadn’t filmed here before are saying to us, ‘we can’t wait to come back and produce more projects in Queensland—you’ve got everything here and it’s just so easy.’ The word is well and truly out!”

Kylie Munnich, CEO, Screen Queensland

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