10 Movies filmed in Australia

April 9th, 2016

Undoubtedly, we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From blossoming nature to breathtaking coastlines and untouched desert combined into one, why wouldn’t you want to film a movie in such a diversified scenic location? Here are 10 Hollywood movies (that you probably didn’t know) that were filmed in Australia.

1. Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

This adaptation of the beloved children picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, entails a character called Max. This young boy creates his own world inhabited by wild creatures, who crown Max as their ruler. The scenes in this movie are mostly filmed in different locations around Victoria. The following images simply explains why the rustic Australian terrain was selected for the shooting of this film.

2. The Matrix

The Matrix

This modern sci-fi proved to be a remarkable advancement in visual effects, which is part of why it’s become such an iconic film. The matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of insurgents, fighting computers who rule earth. Released in 1999 (can’t believe it’s that old) this blockbuster was actually filmed right here, in Sydney! Much of the filming took place in Fox Studios, with the street names being taken from locations in Chicago.

3. Moulin Rouge


Directed by the fabulous Baz Luhrmann, this musical was the first in 10 years to win a Best Picture Oscar. When a young poet plunges deeply into a world of Moulin Rouge, he finds himself in a passionate affair with the clubs most notorious star. This iconic musical was deceptively shot in Fox Studios, not in Paris. Claiming that!

4. Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road

The fourth instalment of Mad Max, this film follows Max (duh) who joins forces in order to flee from their cult leader, leading to a lengthy road battle between the two. A few reasons that you should watch this action packed film. 1) It will keep you on the edge of your seat, for the entire movie. 2) We actually provided extras to this film 3) Filmed in many locations around Sydney 4) you’ll walk out of the cinema asking yourself “what did I just watch?”

5. Unbroken


Directed by Angelina Jolie, this 2014 film is set to tug at your heartstrings. When an Olympian, Louis Zamperini enlists in the military, his life turns to a struggle for survival. This drama follows Louis through his captivity by the Japanese navy and strives to survive through a POW camp. This whole film was beautifully crafted in different locations around Australia. We were lucky enough to provide extras to this film! See if you can spot us!

6. Australia


When an English aristocrat inherits a ranch in northern Australia, she will fight to protect her property from a takeover plot. Driving 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles, to face the attack on Pearl Harbour. And yes, you guessed it, filmed in Australia! The unforgiving terrain gives us, Sydneysiders and idea of what the desert is like.

7. The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

When Nick arrives to New York in search of the American dream- he moves next door to millionaire Jay Gatsby. Nick gets drawn into a world of wealth and witnesses their deceits and illusions. Baz seriously loves Australia! Shooting a New York story in different locations around Sydney. The international college of management (Manly) alongside special effects was used as Gatsby’s mansion.

8. The Wolverine

The Wolverine

When Wolverine is summoned to Japan, he becomes involved conflict that forces him to face his own demons. This Marvel Comics superhero film involves a lot of topless Hugh Jackman! The film was shot on all 6 sound stages in Fox studios and Olympic Park was used to recreate a Japanese village. Difficult to believe that the film set is actually a studio!

9. Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

This film follows a clownfish set out on a journey to rescue his son, who was captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to a fish tank in a dentist’s office in Sydney. Although this film is animated it is set in Australia. Starring Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) repeating “P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney”, what’s not to love? Even if you’re an adult this movie is a must-see!

10. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Star Wars Episode II

Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi apprentice are faced with having to protect the former queen from political separatists. Some of the scenes in this blockbuster were actually filmed in Fox Studios instead of space. Go figure!