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    Minister for Education and the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford


    Minister for Education and the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Friday, February 17, 2006


    Queensland’s film industry has received another boost with Arts Minister Rod Welford confirming today an international film will soon begin shooting on the Gold Coast.

    Mr Welford said a new film from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Films, who have previously shot two films on the Gold Coast, would inject millions of dollars into the Queensland economy.

    “The Condemned will be shot on the Gold Coast from early April and star international wrestling superstar ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin,” Mr Welford said.

    “WWE Films have been great supporters of the Queensland film industry, having shot their first two features here in late 2004.

    “It’s expected the film will be a similar size to WWE’s first production, The Marine, which spent about $20 million in Queensland.

    “Many Queensland cast and crew are also expected to be involved in this latest feature from WWE Films, as they were on the previous two films.

    “This is another great boost for Queensland’s film and television industry.”

    Mr Welford said the Government’s Pacific Film and Television Commission was instrumental in securing WWE Films for a third film, profiling a range of Queensland locations to producers.

    “Producers of the films The Marine and Goodnight said they were very impressed with the cast, crew, facilities, locations and incentives when they were here in 2004,” he said.

    “This has directly led to their decision to return for a third feature.”

    The Condemned will be shot on the Gold Coast and based at Warner Roadshow Studios.

    This will be Steve Austin’s first project for WWE Films and he was most recently seen in the film The Longest Yard.

    The Condemned is about a cop on death-row who is given a second chance when chosen to compete on a deadly reality TV show.

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