Parramatta premier movie making destination

Parramatta is emerging as Australia’s premier filming destination, with figures released today by Parramatta Council showing that filming applications in the city have increased by 240 per cent since 2009.

The Wolverine, ABC’s Crownies and Channel 7’s Packed to the Rafters are just some of the big film and television productions that used Parramatta as a backdrop over the past year.

Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said that since 2009, filming applications received by Parramatta Council have increased every year.

“In 2009, we had just 25 filming applications and in the last financial year, we had 85 – that’s a 240 per cent increase,” Cr Chedid said.

“Parramatta’s success is largely due to our film friendly policies – we charge minimal fees and we have very little red tape. 

"We’re also very accommodating when it comes to helping productions with the logistics of filming, such as closing streets. 

"For us, attracting film and TV productions to Parramatta helps activate the city and raise its profile.

“Production companies are attracted to Parramatta for the diversity of backdrops we offer, along with the ease of working with the council. 

"Our city is blessed with many filming assets, including our historic buildings, parklands and the CBD itself."

Mr Matt Carroll from Screen NSW said: “Parramatta Council has gone out of its way to become film friendly and it is wonderful to see the benefits that this forward-thinking approach have brought to the area". 

At Screen NSW we get constant feedback of how happy producers are with the ease they can get permission to film and the fantastic co-operation from Parramatta's council, businesses and residents.

“When The Wolverine filmed there, the council's support in allowing a major city block to be shut down for filming for an entire weekend meant that the sequence could be filmed in NSW and not in Japan.

"All this filming activity feeds increased revenue into local businesses and literally puts Parramatta on the world stage,” Mr Carroll said.

Recent major film and TV productions in Parramatta:

Recent major film and TV productions in Parramatta:

Recent major film and TV productions in Parramatta:

- The Wolverine

- Crownies

- East West 101

- Packed to the Rafters

- Home & Away 

- Australia’s Got Talent

- Underbelly 

- Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms

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