WORLD’S SEXIEST MAN TALKS FILM PRODUCTION INCENTIVES

WORLD’S SEXIEST MAN TALKS FILM PRODUCTION INCENTIVES

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Photo by: Kerry Hayes / Twentieth Century FOX
Hugh Jackman told media in Australia that the Australian government needs to increase its rebate for foreign film production if the country is to remain competitive as a filming destination. Are Hawaii government leaders listening? Jackman said at a Sydney screening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine footage that the government’s current 15 percent location rebate “doesn’t feel very competitive internationally.” Jackman worries that production work in Australia will slow down “when you’ve got places like New York City offering a 35 percent rebate.”
Jackman understands that in the current economic climate “a lot of sectors and a lot of businesses (are) clamoring for help from the government…I think that, if the Australian government is going to concentrate on anything to be able to win the film business, it’s doing exactly what’s needed and supporting Australian film first.” As a producer on Wolverine, Jackman was instrumental in having the bulk of the film shot in Australia. The film attracted the 15 percent Aussie location rebate, but it did not qualify as an Australian film, which would have yielded a 40 percent producer tax offset. 
The offset, he said, makes it an “important and exciting time for Australian film and the next three to four years will be critical for the development of the Australian film industry” though the next installment in the Wolverine saga may not be made here…
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