So Captain Nemo is coming to Australia, possibly to the Gold Coast, and the Australian Government will provide a $21 million subsidy, as reported earlier today in the Gold Coast Bulletin (Govt commits $21m for sci-fi film):
THE Federal Government has earmarked $21.6 million for the science-fiction classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to be remade in Australia.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Arts Minister Tony Burke said the one-off payment to producers Walt Disney Studios would support investment in the local industry and could create up to 2000 jobs.
“The securing of this film is a huge coup for the Australian film industry and for the near 1000 local businesses that will be providing goods and services for the film,” Ms Gillard and Mr Burke said in a joint statement today.
Paying over $10,000 each for temporary jobs on a film production doesn’t seem like a good use of public funds to me when there are so many better uses. Indeed, we’d probably be better off spending $10,000 on a training course for a long-term unemployed person. And if we’re going to subsidise the film industry, we should at least spend the money on films that actually contribute to Australian culture. The value of Captain Nemo to Australian culture is zero. I’ve previously criticised film industry subsidies here: