We've heard it all before. What a load of bullshit.
The opportunity for Cairns to be a competitive film and television location was squandered away by the Beattie and Bligh governments along with former Member for Barron River, Lesley Clark. Clark instead voted as the ALP masters demanded for expansion of the business in Brisbane at the expense of her constituents in Cairns.
The fact is that a window of opportunity DID open for the region after the Marlon Brando "Island of Dr. Moreau" and Sean Penn film "Thin Red Line" were filmed here. Island of Dr. Moreau was filmed in Cairns for very specific reasons - the need for a tropical location on the Pacific Ocean, the refusal of Brando to go to Hollywood and the requirement that Brando could "commute" from his home in Tahiti.
Instead of building on the buzz for FNQ after Thin Red Line, Cairns was once again victimised by the southeast corner. Politicians there refused to allow investment in ANY infrastructure in Cairns to support a film industry, instead seeing Beattie and Bligh making "sweetheart deals" to pay for more infrastructure at the Gold Coast. Essentially Corporate Welfare for Warner Bros, the largest media company in the world.
The reality is that the possibility for this kind of high tech business that could have employed hundreds of our youth in skilled, highly-paid jobs, is long since gone. Our still last-century internet infrastructure, lack of studio facilities to host interior set construction, shortage of serviced hotel rooms, and increasing use of digital imaging ensure Cairns will never be on the production radar for Hollywood, or anyone else.
Besides, with our only REAL filming location, the Great Barrier Reef, now understood to be dying - really, what's the point?
And we should also remember that Australia is only cost-effective as a production location when the exchange rate is BELOW US$ .80. As we're now drifting above this again (with bankers predicting parity again in the medium term), Australia is seeing DIMINISHING interest in filming even in Sydney.
Cairns has even struggled in porno production. (Links
|"ANGELIQUE", really our local|
Port hooker Gloria Branchina.
But nice try, Anna. It's always good for a laugh. We can hear the laughter from Hollywood here.