Australia sees itself as the new cinema mecca

REPORT – Greatly spared by the pandemic, the country promises filming professionals “without risk”. Stars and directors rush there.

Correspondent in Australia

We had never met so many stars in Sydney than in the last six months … Matt Damon, Idris Elba, Natalie Portman, Toni Collette or Sacha Baron Cohen: all of them have made their home there or are staying there for an extended period, while never before previously so many international productions had not set their cameras in Australia, one of the countries least affected by the coronavirus in the world.

This is the reason why Netflix chose the country to shoot the series Pieces of Her, rather than Canada. Ditto for Benjamin Millepied, who gave up shooting in California his first feature film, an adaptation of the opera Carmen, to finally plant his camera in the Australian outback… Many other fictions are being made in Australia: the next two Marvel films, the series Young rock, on the youth of Dwayne Johnson. Julia Roberts has just arrived for two films: the first with Sean Penn, the second alongside George

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