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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh


    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010


    Three major productions filmed in North Queensland will premiere in Australia this week, Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh revealed today.

    “World War II drama The Pacific, filmed in North Queensland in 2007, will premiere with a movie-length episode on Channel 7 tonight,” Ms Bligh said.

    "World War I feature Beneath Hill 60, will premiere tonight in Townsville where it was filmed and open in cinemas nationwide on Thursday 15 April,” Ms Bligh said.

    “On 15 April the fourth series of the popular drama Sea Patrol, starring Lisa McCune and Ian Steplake, airs on Channel Nine.

    “These three productions received over $5.5 million in support through Screen Queensland and in turn created approximately 2,500 jobs and generated $110 million.

    “From the creative minds of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, The Pacific is a ten-part mini-series that follows three US Marines across the Pacific during World War II.”

    “This major international production delivered almost $87 million in economic benefits to Queensland, created over 1,700 jobs and brought some of Australia’s top acting talent here including Gary Sweet, Zoe Carides, Bill Hunter, Isabel Lucas and Anna Torv.

    "Beneath Hill 60 is based on the true story of Charters Towers miner Oliver Woodward and his platoon of Australian miners who tunneled beneath enemy lines and changed the course of the war on the Western Front.”

    “The film received $200,000 funding through Screen Queensland, generated over 250 jobs and delivered economic benefits of over $12 million."

    Ms Bligh said Sea Patrol returned to Mission Beach for its fourth series with Queensland Government investing more than $4.5 million through Screen Queensland, creating more than 450 jobs and delivering over $23 million in economic benefits.”

    Screen Queensland CEO Maureen Barron said these productions showcased all that North Queensland has to offer as a filming location.

    "North Queensland has excellent locations as well as a dedicated and skilled crew base," Ms Barron said.

    "These productions were welcomed by the local communities during filming and provided significant economic benefits to the region.”

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