Whenever I watch a big ole’ American blockbuster on the big screen and notice that it has been filmed in Australia, the finest place on Earth, I can’t help but feel a sense of pride. Filmmakers are starting to realise the amazing potential that Australia has to offer to a range of sets. What other country can boast having beautiful beaches, vast deserts, rain forrests, stunning mountains and the outback all in one? We're a pretty sweet package deal, if you ask me (which no one did, but oh well).
Here is a pick of some of the big blockbusters that have been created on our very own soil. Of course there are many others (Australia? It was too obvious) but I haven't included any Australian films, because well, they were all mostly filmed in Australia? Duh.
12 International Movies That Were Filmed in Australia:
1. The Matrix
The Matrix was filmed all over Sydney. This particular scene was filmed at Adam St Bridge in Chinatown!
2. Mission Impossible 2
Do I really need to tell you where this is?
3. Star Wars
The numerous Star Wars films were shot in various global locations, one of which was right here in Sydney! Fox Studios was the home of many scenes from the second and third episodes of Star Wars!
4. The Great Gatsby
This gorgeous building is the International College of Management, located in Manly. Also known as Gatsby's Mansion!
Yep, the famous pig came all the way to Robertson, NSW for his major debut (ok, he's probably not real but still).
6. Happy Feet
Even though Happy Feet is an animated film, it was technically shot in Australia considering the film was created at a visual effects & animation studio right here in Sydney! So...there.
7. Finding Nemo
Alright, alright. This is a lie. Finding Nemo is a completely American film. By come on, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney? That clearly in Australia. And no, it's not a real place. I checked.
8. Fool’s Gold
Apparently Fool's Gold was originally planned to be shot in the Carribean, however, due to disastrous weather it was relocated to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef along the Queensland coast. Seriously, can we take a minute to appreicate these two? They need to stop.
9. Ghost Rider
This particular scene was shot in Melbourne's Telstra Dome!
10. Charlotte’s Web
Shot in Greendale in country Victoria, Dakota Fanning's film brings to life the famous children's book, Charlotte's Webb.
11. Where The Wild Thing’s Are
Where the Wild Things Are was filmed in a bunch of different locations around this beautiful country. This particilar scene is shot in Bushrangers Bay, Victoria.
This scene of Wolverine was shot in Parramatta, which was temporarily turned into a Japanese town for the film where road signs & license plates were changed to keep in line with a Japanese city. Can Hugh do anything wrong? Not in my eyes.
Know any other famous Hollywood films that were shot in Australia? Comment below!