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$16m boon for regional film

Regional WA moviemakers will enjoy a $16 million dollar windfall over four years as part of the State Government’s plans to highlight WA’s regional areas.

The investment will be made to the WA Screen Fund (previously Western Australian Regional Film Fund), which encourages production in the State’s regions and helps to boost local economies.

Many feature films have been shot in the State thanks to the Fund including adaptations of Tim Winton’s novels Dirt Music (filmed in the Kimberley) and Breath (filmed in the Great Southern).

Other major films such as Rams and H is for Happiness were also recently shot in the South West while television production Mystery Road is shot the Kimberley and Aussie Gold Hunters in the Goldfields.

Regional Development Minister Allanah McTiernan praised the regional areas as a bounty of riches for film makers in Australia.

“Western Australia and its regions have so much to offer for film and television productions,” Ms McTiernan said.

“We have a fabulous stories and stunning locations in regional WA, plus the people and skills to make these quality productions happen.

“These productions have made a real contribution to local economies in regional towns, supporting regional jobs across WA.”

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