The many iconic sites and natural attractions of Kangaroo Island have long been known in tourism circles.
And it seems KI is now becoming increasingly popular with international film crews too.
Over the last 12 months, KI has seen a sharp increase in the number of international film crews and fashion shoots showing an interest in the Island’s scenery and iconic sites to fill the role of epic backdrop.
Carmen Joseph, business support officer at Natural Resources Kangaroo Island (NRKI), said that KI’s parks continued to grow in popularity year on year.
“In the last 12 months we have seen over 50 different film crews, fashion shoots or marketing videos being made on the Island, making use of locations from Flinders Chase to Cape Willoughby,” Ms Joseph said.
“With the stunning backdrops that so many of our sites present it is hardly a surprise that word is getting out among the film and marketing fraternities.
“The majority of production companies are still domestic market, which is to be expected, however, we are seeing growing demand from international production companies with crews from the USA and the UK hot on the heels of our domestic market.
“Asian companies, particularly Chinese-based companies, are increasingly interested in what we have to offer.”
Fashion firm Goelia recently flew in a model from New York for the day to take photos for their autumn collection, “Gloria”, in the Chase”.
A Singapore-based film crew, MediaCorp, filmed an episode of a new English and Mandarin self-drive series in Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay Conservation Park, bringing with them a crew of more than 20.
The popularity of parks on KI comes as no surprise to Robert Ellis, manager Parks & Sustainable Landscapes at Natural Resources KI, who has long championed the Island’s beauty.
“I welcome the wider world getting glimpses of the island through film, TV and print media and hope this leads to more visitors coming to appreciate the Island’s beauty and significance,” Mr Ellis said.
If you are looking to film a commercial video or photo shoot in any of the parks, reserves or wilderness protection areas on KI please contact NRKI to find out if you need a permit.
You can also visit the Natural Resources Centre at 37 Dauncey Street, Kingscote, email KINRC@sa.gov.au or telephone 08 8553 4444.