Melbourne on film dossier: 'Ghost Rider'

Goldsmith, Ben (2011) Melbourne on film dossier: 'Ghost Rider'. Senses of Cinema: an online journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema, 59, pp. 1-2.

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Abstract

Despite being set in an unnamed Texan city, Ghost Rider (Mark Steven Johnson, 2007) was a landmark film for Melbourne. It was the first international production to be made at the Central City (now Docklands) Studios, much to the relief of the heavily-invested state government. And it demonstrated to the world (or more importantly, to producers resident in a small part of southern California), that the city was willing and available to be made over and made up to fit even (especially!) the most stupid filmmaking fantasies. Announcing the imminent arrival of the production in October 2004, the Herald Sun boldly predicted that '[c]ity lanes, Telstra Dome and the Yarra River will be the stars of the new action film'. In fact Melbourne is, as the filmmakers intended, (virtually) unidentifiable onscreen. For the Victorian State government, Ausfilm, Film Victoria and the Melbourne Film Office, this lack of specificity was something to be celebrated; a few months before Ghost Rider went in to production, the then State Minister for Innovation, John Brumby, declared that 'it's almost inconceivable that [Ghost Rider] won't put Melbourne on the map internationally'.

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ID Code: 50368
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, City branding, Feature films, Film locations, Film production, Ghost Rider (2007)
ISSN: 1443-4059
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 15 May 2012 06:35
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 00:10

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