The Gold Coast Movie Locations Tour will take guests to the shooting locations of over 20 films, including Kong: Skull Island, The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, San Andreas and Muriel’s Wedding.
The tour, a first for the Gold Coast, will feature interviews with film crew, an exclusive virtual behind-the-scenes tour of Village Roadshow Studios, and the inside word on untold celebrity stories and hotspots.
The three-hour tour will run six times during the Gold Coast Film Festival in April.
“The Gold Coast has become a key filming location for some of the world’s biggest blockbusters, which is a reflection of the Gold Coast being a world-class destination with superb facilities,” says Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“New York, LA, London and other major cities around the world have been operating movie location tours for years and it’s fantastic to see us moving into this direction.”
Gold Coast Film Festival director Lucy Fisher says the tour won’t just be for tourists.
“The tours will be a unique way to experience the Gold Coast for both locals and tourists, allowing people to peek behind the curtain of the local film industry,” Fisher says.
“People are genuinely interested in filmmaking — it has a real magic to it and we’re aiming to bring some of the magic to life in this tour.
“Aside from film locations, we also get the chance to share some favourite celebrity haunts — whether it’s where Johnny Depp ate dinner, Daniel Radcliffe got a tan or Blake Lively got coffee, there’s always something exciting about knowing what A-list actors shooting on the Gold Coast love to do and where!”
The tour will make four major stops, including a stop at Emmy-award winning makeup effects studio JMB FX, where guests will receive a tour of the workshop. JMB FX is famous for its work on films like Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island, The Shallows, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Ghost Ship, The Ruins, The House of Wax, San Andreas, Scooby Doo and Street Fighter.
Between stops and points of interest, the tour will feature video entertainment and film snippets, and guests will have an opportunity to hear from Queensland filmmakers and crew members about the films they’ve worked on.
The tours will run on Saturday 22, Sunday 23 and Monday 24 April, at 9am and 1pm each day. Tickets are $55 and are available.
For more info and tickets, visit gcfilmfestival.com.