It is an ambitious goal, but a Perth film producer believes he can build WA’s first film studio within the next three years.
British firm Extraordinary Group and Australian production company Impian Films, founded by Stephen Van Mil, are teaming up to build the $50 million Perth Film Studio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The facility - which could be located at Murdoch University - is expected to include three stages, office space, warehouses, space for set construction and a hotel.
The joint venture partners told the US newspaper they were hoping to get final planning approvals next year and open the facility in 2016.
Perth’s facility and a studio in Spain will be the first of six environmentally friendly micro-studios around the world to be established by the Extraordinary Group.
The projects will cost a total of $300 million and take advantage of production tax credits in the cities.
A studio in Perth is sure to encourage more filmmakers to the state, which is already enjoying recent buzz as a popular filming location.
WA has attracted Hollywood stars like Ewan McGregor, who worked on Son of A Gun, and Simon Pegg, who recently wrapped up filming Kill Me Three Times with the director of Red Dog, Kriv Stenders.
The actors have used social media to further raise the state’s profile internationally, which has been a boost for Tourism WA.
But it is hoped that Perth Film Studio can attract international productions to WA, as well as support the local industry.