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New York Film Academy Australia Celebrated the Grand Opening of the Gold Coast's Newest Location & State-of-the-Art Facilities!

New York Film Academy Australia Celebrated the Grand Opening of the Gold Coast's Newest Location & State-of-the-Art Facilities!

March 10, 2017 On February 28th 2017, New York Film Academy Australia (NYFA-AU) celebrated the Grand Opening of its newest Gold Coast campus at Southport Central.

NYFA-AU opened in Queensland, Australia in 2011 and for the past few years has operated at Village Road Show Studios – the studio location for many Hollywood films including “San Andreas,” “Unbroken,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “The Shallows,” “Kong: Skull Island,” and “Thor: Ragnarok,” among many others. NYFA Australia is maintaining its own production studios on the backlot, where Gold Coast students will continue to do production workshops, while experiencing a working international film studio.

NYFA-AU Gold Coast has now expanded into a 22,000 sqft (approx. 2,000sqm) state-of-the-art facility at Southport Central, encompassing a 90 seat theatre, automated dialogue replacement (ADR) room, editing rooms, post production rooms, production workshop studio, acting rooms with sprung floors for voice and movement classes and a sizeable equipment room.

Over 200 attendees filled the brand new, luxurious facility, while the smell of freshly popped popcorn permeated through the event hall. NYFA-AU faculty, staff, students and alumni were honored and excited to have special guests and dignitaries in attendance as well as the media and news crews.

Warner Bros. Movie World's Marilyn Monroe Warner Bros. Movie World's Marilyn Monroe

NYFA Australi's Board of Directors, Jean Sherlock, Tasha Cooper, Elle Bailey, and Larry Z. Lazar Esq. NYFA Australia Board of Directors (left to right) Jean Sherlock, Tasha Cooper, Elle Bailey, Larry Z. Lazar Esq. (absent: Michael Young)


Movie World’s Austin Powers and Marilyn Monroe mingled with guests including Dawn Crichlow, Gold Coast Council and NYFA-AU Board of Directors, Jean Sherlock, Elle Bailey and Larry Z. Lazar, Esq. who made the trip from our United States campuses for the special event.

Guests were invited to view a live Production Workshop, converse with students while enjoying some hors d’oeuvres, and have their photo’s taken in the NYFA photo booth.

NYFA Australia Students Posing in a Photobooth A NYFA Australia Student Posing in a Photobooth

Earlier in the day, ABC News brought its camera crew and filmed a national segment.

The official ceremony commenced at 4.30pm.

Tasha Cooper, Campus Director, welcomed guests into the new theatre and introduced NYFA-AU Board Members and Dignitaries. She thanked the tremendous efforts of Elle Bailey, the Gold Coast team and the contractors who all contributed to the official opening. Ms. Cooper highlighted NYFA-AU’s outstanding relationship with Village Roadshow Studios and how fortunate students were to continue to have exclusive access to train on the Village backlot.

Jean Sherlock, NYFA CEO, spoke about the vision his father, Jerry Sherlock, Founder, had when opening NYFA and how special it was for him to have seen it expand across the globe over the past 25 years, noting that Australia is one of his favorite destinations to visit. Arthur Helterbran Jnr., Academic Dean, talked about ‘storytelling’ being the core of the creative process and how excited NYFA-AU was to be a continued part of the Gold Coast’s story.

NYFA-AU Gold Coast Alumnus, Damian Lang, recently employed by Marvel for “Thor: Raganork,” gave an impassioned speech on how NYFA changed his life and empowered veteran students by giving them a chance to find their voice as storytellers.

NYFA-AU Gold Goast Alumnus, Damian Lang with CEO, Jean Sherlock NYFA-AU Gold Coast Alumnus, Damian Lang with CEO, Jean Sherlock

Current NYFA-AU Acting Student, Jackson Price, addressing the audience. Current NYFA-AU Acting Student, Jackson Price addressing the audience.


Current NYFA-AU Acting Student, Jackson Price said NYFA was an incredible place to learn and bond with faculty and classmates.

The official opening was marked with Jean Sherlock cutting a NYFA-AU black and white ribbon with a truly unique pair of scissors – a cutting slate!

A special mention to Michael Young, NYFA President and a NYFA-AU Board Director who was unable to attend, but was fittingly present leading the opening of the ceremony featured in our "We are the New York Film Academy" video. Also a special mention to Michael Caputo, NYFA Director of Operations, who made a trip to Australia with Elle Bailey in November 2016 to consult on the many technical elements that go into the creation of a visual and performing arts school like NYFA.

Five lucky guests received Warner Bros. Movie World VIP passes in a raffle. An exciting partnership is soon to be announced between Warner Bros. and NYFA-AU. Please stay tuned. That’s All Folks!






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