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Pirates of the Caribbean filmed on Gold Coast shores

October 2016

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios  on the Gold Coast and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him.  Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

It is set to become the largest feature film ever shot in Australia, with the state government predicting over $100 million will be injected into the local economy, creating thousands of jobs

Federal Minister for the Arts Senator George Brandis says the film will significantly increase the local industry’s global reputation.

“The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will focus the world’s attention on Australia as a leading film destination,” says Brandis.

“Our investment in attracting the film to Australia will result in substantial benefits for the screen industry and economy.”

Queensland Arts Minister Ian Walker said a united effort between the Australian and State governments put a strong creative and financial argument in place which ensured Queensland was the most attractive commercial option.

“The last major productions to film here were San Andreas, which employed more than 3,000 Queensland crew, cast, contractors and extras and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, which employed about 3,180 locals,” Mr Walker said.

“This fifth Pirates of the Caribbean production is a bigger film in terms of expenditure than either of those big budget films, so the economic benefits to the state will be powerful.”

“International productions such as this Walt Disney Studios film play a large role in the economic, employment and skills development opportunities to Queensland’s creative talent and technicians. They increase investment in new technology, equipment and other infrastructure and we are thrilled to see Pirates 5 sail into Queensland,” said Tracey Vieira, CEO of Screen Queensland.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”). The executive producers are Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor.


The Gold Coast is at the core of film-making in Australia

As one of Australia’s leading filming locations, the city exposes filmmakers to a diverse range of locations from pristine coastlines, lush rainforests and modern cityscape – all within close proximity to world-class studios. The city also offers competitive costs, a film incentive program (independent from State and National programs) and experienced local production crews to support productions coming to the Gold Coast.

The City of Gold Coast’s established film assistance program is designed to attract and support production companies looking to film on the Gold Coast. This is unique for local government in Australia and is independent from the filming incentives provided through Screen Australia and Screen Queensland. Free support and advice on filming within the city is available through the City of Gold Coast. See Film Gold Coast for more.

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