Australia Day

Australia Day 2017: Celebrating Current Aussies in Film

There’s something about Australian actors that make us look forward to Australia Day. From Hugh Jackman to Margot Robbie, Hollywood is full of the Australian accent that we love so much. In celebration of Australia Day, here’s our list of the top 10 Australian actors and actresses who stole our hearts during 2016.

Liam Hemsworth


Liam may be off the market in a romantic sense, but this has been a good year for Liam fans. He was in the television series “Workaholics,” helped save the world from aliens in the sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence,” and took over the Western frontier in “The Duel.” And we will never forget Liam’s passionate role as Gail in “The Hunger Games” series.

Chris Hemsworth



Hollywood isn’t graced with the presence of just one Hemsworth man — but two. Chris Hemsworth showed up on the silver screen in 2009 to portray George Kirk in “Star Trek,” and in 2011 he bought Thor to life. Recently, Chris has focused on roles in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Doctor Strange.” It’s safe to say that both of the Hemsworth brothers were really busy this year, and have given us plenty to watch this week in celebration of Australia Day.

Margot Robbie


Margot Robbie got her big break when she brought the New Jersey princess Naomi Lapaglia to life in “The Wolf of Wall Street” in 2013. Previously, she was on the well-known Australian television show “Neighbours” as Donna Freedman. Since “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Margot has been in several high-profile leading roles, especially as Jane Clayton in “The Legend of Tarzan” and Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad.”

Hugh Jackman


Hugh Jackman’s list of accomplishments and awards is nothing short of impressive. He can sing, dance and act — in the last few years, he has bought home a People’s Choice, Tony, Satellite, Saturn and a few other awards. Let’s not forget that he has also been voted sexist man alive. Happy Australia Day, Hugh!

Jesse Spencer

Remember Dr. Robert Chase on hit television show “House”? So do we. Before his 8-year stint alongside Hugh Laurie, Jesse Spencer was on the same Australian television show, as Margot Robbie: “Neighbors.” Since 2012, he has portrayed the character Matthew Casey on “Chicago Fire” and the 2014 crossover “Chicago P.D.”

Ruby Rose


Anyone who watches Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” knows Ruby Rose. She played Stella Carlin, a love interest of Piper Chapman’s. While her role was short-lived on the show, it helped propel her into other movie roles.

Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher, The Dictator - World Film Premiere, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London UK.10 May 2012, (Photo by Richard Goldschmidt)

Isla Fisher stole ours hearts when she played the crazy love interest of Vince Vaughan’s character in “Wedding Crashers” in 2005. She appeared opposite of Zach Galifianakis in “Keeping Up with the Jones” – a movie about a suburban couple who gets caught up in an international espionage plot. Recently, she has been seen in “Nocturnal Animals” and “The Brothers Grimsby.”

Phoebe Tonkin

There is nothing more exciting than getting caught up in a world of supernatural beings. Phoebe Tonkins first starred in “H2O: Just Add Water” before moving on to “The Vampire Diaries” and finally settling into her role as Hayley Marshall on “The Originals,” a spinoff show of “The Vampire Diaries” on CW.

Jai Courtney


Jai Courtney is slowly becoming a household name thanks to the “Divergent” series. In 2016, Jai played alongside Margot Robbie as George Harkness/Captain Boomerang in DC Comics’ “Suicide Squad.”

Luke Bracey

Let’s admit it — we all secretly love movie adaptations of Nicholas Sparks’ books. Luke Bracey warmed our souls and brought tears to our eyes as the younger version of Dawson in “The Best of Me.” Luke’s only film of 2016 was “Hacksaw Ridge” but we can’t wait to see what he does next.


Happy Australia Day! Who are your favorite Australian actors and filmmakers? Let us know in the comments below!

Why Is the Australian Gold Coast the Perfect Spot to Shoot a Film?

Australia isn’t always the first thing people think of when they think of major Hollywood blockbusters, but Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, should definitely be included as part of that conversation. A few productions that have taken advantage of the Gold Coast’s support, accessibility to crews, nature, and convenient locations include “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and “Peter Pan.” If you want to see some footage from the Gold Coast in action, you could look at the trailer for 2015 disaster film “San Andreas.


However if that didn’t convince you, here are a few more reasons you should consider the Gold Coast.


A lot of work has been done to establish The Gold Coast as a great place to film, and the end result is the City of Gold Coast Film Assistance Program. As long as your film spends at least Au$1.5 million in the Gold Coast, your production has calculated a duration of how much takes place there and the percentage that will be conducted on the Gold Coast, along with an approximate number of jobs, your production may qualify for up to $100,000 in assistance. And if that’s not enough to consider filming there, you also have access to a film and television industry office at the Robina Community Centre. And that’s free.


Because The Gold Coast local government has worked on making supporting Australia’s film industry a priority, it also has a large crew base. No matter the size of your production, the number of technicians means there’s a wide variety of formats to choose from. Whether you’re shooting a TV series, your big break, or a big budget blockbuster, The Gold Coast has something for you.


The Village Roadshow studios, where New York Film Academy students can access space for projects, is one of the largest studio lots in the Southern hemisphere. It includes eight sound stages, editing bays, production offices, and all the shops you’ll need to make your production look great. A big attraction is also the largest water tank in Australian film.  With a surface area of over 10,000 feet, the possibilities are endless.


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But not every production is going to stick exclusively to a studio lot. Sometimes your production is going to be shooting outside. And if it does, the opportunities are great. The Gold Coast boasts a sub-tropical climate, sandy beaches, waterways, and rainforests that are easily accessible to production companies. And, when you’re not filming, you could pick less attractive places to be spending time.



Finally, the Gold Coast is one of the most accessible filming locations in Australia. Having two international airports nearby (Gold Coast and Brisbane) means you can get anybody flown in, any time. Both airports are a convenient 45-minute drive from Brisbane. And don’t feel limited just to The Gold Coast’s crews and amenities: you’re also one hour north of Sydney, the capital of Australia.

With all that in mind, it’s easy to see why Gold Coast is so attractive to the entertainment industry. Convinced it’s the right place for you? Consider studying with New York Film Academy Gold Coast today.