20/10/2021 | David Pisoni MP | Better Services

South Australia’s booming screen sector is currently producing its first Netflix-commissioned TV series Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance!, a 10-episode series shooting at the Adelaide Showgrounds with a 100 strong local cast and crew.

In great news for the local screen industry Gymnastics Academy is one of six major screen productions currently underway in South Australia supporting more than 400 local jobs.

“It’s wonderful to see South Australian directors, producers, actors and crew at work across the state making screen content for local, national and international audiences,” said Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.

“Screen productions are good news for the wider economy. Gymnastics Academy needed open access to a gymnastics centre for the five weeks shoot - so they have built their own, providing work for a range of tradies.

“The Marshall Government understands the importance of screen productions which is why the last state budget invested $32 million to ensure South Australia continues to be a destination of choice for the production of film, television and digital content.

“The $12 million screen production fund and $20 million rebate for Post-Production, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) are driving job creation and creative opportunities in South Australia’s screen sector.

“This twin investment builds on the outstanding success of attracting recent productions like Mortal Kombat, Gold and The Tourist to ensure South Australia remains a destination of choice for screen production.”

The productions currently underway are:

  • Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance, written, produced, created and directed by South Australian filmmaker Clay Glen of Glen Pictures, with South Australian directors Kelly Schilling and Stephen de Villiers, co-produced by South Australian producer Sally Clarke;
  • The Mountain, produced, written and directed by Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country, Ten Canoes, The Tracker) with South Australian producer Julie Byrne of Triptych Pictures (Gold, Touch, The Babadook), which has just wrapped filming in the Flinders Ranges;
  • AMC Studios and See-Saw Films vampire series Firebite, shooting in Coober Pedy and around Adelaide, including at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios, with South Australian producer Paul Ranford;
  • Feature documentary Embrace Kids from South Australian body image activist Taryn Brumfitt, with South Australian producers Anna Vincent and Bonnie McBride;
  • ABC Kids series Beep and Mort, directed by Rosemary Myers and produced by Kaye Weeks of South Australia’s Windmill Pictures;
  • Docu-series Aussie Snake Wranglers S2 from South Australian producer Colin Thrupp of Breakout Productions.