Undeniable Fact About AOTC #12: It Was The First Star Wars Movie Shot Down Under

Star Wars films have been filmed all over the world: Norway, Tunisia, Italy, the American Southwest, Northern California, Spain, Thailand, and of course, studios in London.

TPM was shot at what’s now Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden (home of the Making Of Harry Potter studio tour), parts of ROTS were shot at Shepperton Studios and Elstree Studios, and Episode VII is being shot now at Pinewood Studios. Eps IV-VI were primarily shot at Elstree.

While AOTC did have some pick up shots done at Ealing and Elstree in the UK, this was the first Star Wars film primarily shot at a non-British studio. Fox Australia opened for business in 1998 and since Fox was distributing the prequel trilogy, I guess Lucas got an offer from them he couldn’t refuse. Lucas signed on to film both AOTC and ROTS at the studio in Sydney.

As a gossipy aside, I remember at Celebration II an Australian fan waiting to get into line to see one of the presentations saying that the relaxed schedule Australian crews generally followed drove Rick McCallum nuts. “I hate to say this about my own people, but we don’t like to work,” he laughed. (It’s not what I’m saying, folks, so don’t get mad at me!)

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2 Responses to “Undeniable Fact About AOTC #12: It Was The First Star Wars Movie Shot Down Under”

  1. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    I remember reading about how “Moulin Rouge!” was filmed in the same studio, and Ewan McGregor just stayed there and remarked how trippy it was as 19th Century Paris slowly became the Galaxy Far Far Away.

  2. lovelucas Says:

    I, too, remember that, Adam. But I also remember Ewan getting a bit upset that they were tearing down that “elephant in the room” – literally. The huge elephant was part of the Moulin Rouge set. I know he loved making that film and the set design etc. I also remember George being very pleased with Aussies – no word about work incentives, etc. and one more memory – Bondi Beach time 🙂

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