“The ability of South Australia to offer dramatic, unique and stunning landscapes, mixed with towns of distinctive original character, all supported by world class facilities, was a major part of our decision to shoot in South Australia. We found the Adelaide Studios incredibly accommodating to our needs - flexible and willing to work with us on different elements of production we needed. They were simply great.”
Liz Watts, Producer The Rover (2013).
"South Australia always looked like a perfect fit for Tracks, with its amazing locations, great crews and world class production facilities at Adelaide Studios. But having shot Oranges and Sunshine here so recently and having experienced the incredibly film friendly atmosphere and collaborative approach of the state, meant that it was never really in doubt. "
Emile Sherman, Producer Tracks (2011)
“The idea that that Last Ride was a ‘road movie’ never really kicked in until I began the long search for locations throughout the deserts of South Australia. During pre-production I clocked up over 20,000 kms just sitting in the passenger seat watching the most inspiring landscape pass before me,” Director, Glendyn Ivin Last Ride 2009
… In fact so inspired, within three days of the recce the creatives had found 80% of their film locations. The challenge for the team was to then decide how they could include all locations with the parameters of distance and budget constraints. In the end, we chose to go to all of the locations because they were exclusive, unusually Australian, very good looking and provided a third character to the film. We were prepared to give up one or two days of filming to enable us to travel these distances - and based on the results it was worth it,” Last Ride, Producer, Antonia Barnard.
Click here to view Antonia Barnard speak of her experience shooting in various South Australian locations.
Antonia Barnard, Producer, Last Ride (2009)
“For me, coming from SA, the Flinders Ranges was always an obvious choice. Its mythical beauty brings such a presence to the screen. In virtually all of the exterior shots in Beautiful Kate, the Ranges are omnipresent. The vastness of the landscape is awe inspiring.” Producer, Leah Churchill Brown Beautiful Kate (2009)
"There is no more beautiful or powerful a backdrop for a film in Australia [than the Flinders Ranges in South Australia]. But keep it a secret. We don’t want every Tom, Dick or Jane over exploiting it." Director, Rachel Ward. Beautiful Kate (2009)
South Australia is “New South Wales on steroids”, Producer, Nick Cole Last Ride
“The South Australian film industry has been undergoing something of a shift in recent years, both in terms of local talent and attracting and funding feature films that have originated elsewhere… Across all aspects of production, South Australia is building a reputation as a desirable and skilled base of operations to make films.” Encore, May (2009)
“South Australia is blessed with a wide variety of locations, from parched desert to green rolling hills, intensely wooded forests and intact period urban locations. As well, the state has a reservoir of technical support in all areas, including sound mixing, dialogue re-recording and editing.”
Phillip Noyce, Director, Rabbit-Proof Fence (2001)
“South Australian crews play their part with precision – their effort, commitment and enthusiasm remain undiminished throughout the project. Shooting doesn’t get much better than this… The post-production sound here is the best in Australia and I really wouldn’t work anywhere else.”
Rolf de Heer, Director/Producer/Writer, The Tracker (2001), Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
“I have used the first-class facilities at the SAFC for the last two features produced by Arenafilm, The Bank and The Monkey’s Mask. I recommend the facilities highly and would always consider using them for future productions. Furthermore, the ease and convenience of working in SA is a great bonus.”
John Maynard, Producer, The Bank (2001) and The Monkey’s Mask (2000)
"I really love Adelaide. Whenever I talk to people who are getting films up, I always say 'You have to shoot in SA' because the crews are phenomenal and it's just such a glorious place to be."
Jacqueline McKenzie, Actor, Peaches (2005) and Human Touch (2004)
“Kiss or Kill would not have happened without SAFC support.”
Bill Bennett, Director, Kiss or Kill (1996)
“From a financial perspective, shooting in Adelaide is economical… You can shift locations and shoot in two or three locations in one day. In any other city that’s just impossible.”
Scott Hicks, Director, Shine (1996)
“The landscape of South Australia evokes memories of other times and other places. It gave me the chrome yellow plains in Picnic at Hanging Rock; a good match for the dry Turkish landscape in Gallipoli; desert scenes and a perfect urban setting in The Last Wave.”
Peter Weir, Director, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli and Last Wave ( all made in SA)