SCREEN INDUSTRY

Mr PEARSON (Essendon—Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Regulatory Reform, Minister for Government Services, Minister for Creative Industries)- I rise to update the house on how our government is backing Victoria’s screen industry. Screen culture is firmly embedded in our lives, and the pandemic has only seen this demand grow. Global demand for screen content is insatiable, from traditional film and television to streaming to digital gaming. We are supporting Victorian creative industries to get on with production of screen content, and we are making Victoria more competitive to attract investment and increase exports from the industry.

Yesterday I visited the Noble Park set of Liam Neeson’s new film, Blacklight, a project we were delighted to support. Liam was astonished at how the state has grown. While on set I was proud to announce a record investment of $33.8 million in Victorian screen productions and programs. That means more opportunities for 10 000-plus screen industry workers in Victoria. This investment allows more international projects like Blacklight to be shot right here, and this is an example of how one global production alone can employ over 800 locals on urban and regional sets. But we are backing local content and talent too, because for every dollar invested in the screen industry more than $14 is generated for the Victorian economy.

This package supports Melbourne as Australia’s undisputed home of digital game development. More than half of Australia’s game industry is based right here, and 90 per cent of games made in Victoria are for export. Last year’s global hit, the untitled ‘goose game’, is Victorian, and its success across the world has seen all eyes turn to our vibrant and brilliant games industry. This success only happens with a government that invests in its people, and this is how the screen industry breathes its magic into our creative state. But there is more to come, much more to come: 24 November is going to be a great day.