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Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Eugenio Derbez, Nicholas Coombe, Jeffrey Wahlberg, Madeleine Madden and Isabela Moner star in Paramount Pictures' Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Dora Movie Strikes Gold on Australia’s Gold Coast

Helen Stubbs | September 2019

New Paramount blockbuster Dora and the Lost City of Gold  has taken over $80 million globally, ahead of opening in Australia.

When cast and crew returned to the Gold Coast for the Australian premiere, We Are Gold Coast caught up with Associate Producer, Tamazin Simmonds, for the low down on behind-the-scenes action.

“We loved working on the Gold Coast,” says Simmonds. “I have friends who worked on Thor, Aquaman and Pirates here, who’d told me great things, but it’s not until you live and work somewhere that you really appreciate what it has to offer.”

Top local talent and facilities saw Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk describe the Gold Coast as the capital of movies in Australia, at the premiere.

The city welcomes production companies with leading technology, award winning crew, gorgeous locations and financial Film Attraction incentives.

“Now we’ve got Baz Luhrmann about to start production of Elvis,” says Palaszczuk. “The studios have been booked out with back-to-back blockbusters.”

The Dora production team arrived for preparation in June 2018 and filmed from August to November. While the landscapes, city buildings and studios were perfect for filming, local restaurants and bars provided entertainment.

“Village Roadshow was a great studio for our set pieces,” says Simmonds. “We shot a lot on location at Tallebudgera Valley, Palm Beach High School, Brisbane’s Old Museum and Nerang. We filmed Mount Tamborine rainforest for the Amazon and it looks amazing in the movie.”

Evenings were spent discovering city nightlife, says Simmonds.

“Friday nights, we’d go with the crew to Miami Marketta, we all really enjoyed the vibe there. The director, James Bobin, rented a house in Mermaid Beach, which he loved. We got to know a lot of the local restaurants. Our favourites were Social Eating House, Rick Shores, Goccia, Gemellini and Fish House. The Cambus Wallace was fun, too.”

Simmonds says the crew was almost entirely Australian.

“We employed hundreds of local Queenslanders, who were all very skilled and experienced on large studio movies. Jen Cornwell, our production manager, was instrumental in putting together the brilliant team we had on Dora.”

In Dora and the Lost City of Gold, 16-year-old Dora (Isabela Moner) faces her greatest adventure yet—high school. She leads her friends, including Randy (Australian actor Nicholas Coombe) on an adventure to find her parents.

“I’m from Australia, so it was really cool to be back home,” says Coombe. “It was great to film in the jungle and then be staying on the beach ten minutes away.”

”We’re glad that the message of Dora being true to herself has been appreciated everywhere that it’s opened,” Simmonds said. “I think it’s important for all young people in this day and age. It was so fun to make. I think that comes through in the film.”

Dora and the Lost City of Gold is rated PG, and opens in Australia on Thursday 19 September.

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