Sound studio

Docklands Studios Melbourne officially opens its sixth sound stage

Stage 6 at Docklands Studios Melbourne has finally opened, increasing the capacity of the facility by 60%.

The new $46 million, 3,700 square meter stage features a fully soundproofed set and a 900,000 liter, 4.5 meter deep water tank specifically designed for filming underwater scenes. An adjoining three-story building houses studio operations and production offices as well as facilities including a makeup room, green rooms and audition spaces.

The DSM bundle from above. (Photo: Peter Glenane)

The first project to begin production on stage will be the Robbie Williams biopic best mandirected and co-written by Australian director Michael Gracey.

“With a world-class production team and talent, epic filming locations and now the addition of Sound Stage 6, Victoria is a creative beacon for the biggest film and TV projects globally,” said the Victorian Minister for Creative Industries. Dany Pearson.

“The productions filmed here create thousands of local jobs, boost local businesses and inject millions of dollars into our economy, this new super scene will see a significant increase in these benefits statewide.”

The stage 6 gantry is 17 meters high. (Photo: Peter Glenane)

Currently filming elsewhere at DSM is Garth Davis Enemy, produced by AC Studios, I Am That and See-Saw Films for Amazon Prime Video, and starring Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal. Other recent productions to shoot in the field include Netflix Clickbaitby NBCUniversal La Brea and Paramount Television Shantaram.

Stage 6 water well CGI profile. (Photo: Grimshaw Architects)

“While the facility has long been the heart of the state’s screen production industry, the opening of Sound Stage 6 will reinforce our growing reputation as a go-to destination for international producers,” said DSM President David Hanna.

The stage opening also coincides with a leadership transition at Docklands, with the retirement of Rod Allan, CEO since 2009. As IF reported, Allan will be replaced by Antony Tulloch, former Chief Operating Officer at Iskander Malaysia Studios.

Production offices in the Stage 6 annex. (Photo: Peter Glenane)

Sound Stage 6 was delivered by Docklands Studios Melbourne, Development Victoria, Creative Victoria and VicScreen.