Marlborough is film friendly

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Marlborough is bursting with natural talent from the mountains to the sea. It is home to the Sawmill Studios and has an active film community.

Marlborough is unique

Marlborough’s diverse landscapes, beautiful vineyards, versatile urban locations, rural splendour, and spectacular vistas are unique.

The region is a rich canvas waiting for your film project with alpine reaches, waterways, rivers, beaches, tussock-clad hills, native bush, and vineyards.

Mountains and pasture in Molesworth, Marlborough

Marlborough is accessible

Locations are easily reached by state highway and local roads within an hour or two (or in minutes by helicopter), creating the perfect blend of versatile location and ease of access.

Marlborough is just a 20-minute flight from Wellington, and a 50-minute and 90-minute flight to Christchurch and Auckland respectively. Marlborough has an easy location permitting system and infrastructure in place for any scale of production.

An aerial view of Picton looking towards the port

Marlborough is affordable

Marlborough has all the natural attributes of our largest centres and more, with lower costs.

Finding a place to film without interruption is easy, saving time and money. Even in Marlborough’s most populated areas, filming is a relatively simple process with the help of Screen Marlborough.

Director Aaron Falvey with camera crew on the set of Northspur

Sawmill Studios

Sawmill Studios is a local studio facility in the heart of Marlborough used for film and television. Set on a six-hectare fully fenced site it includes a covered studio and workshops, production offices, and an extensive backlot where filmmakers can shoot outside scenes in an enclosed space. The 900 m2 space is home to short films and music videos. 

Filmmaker meetups and festivals

Marlborough has a strong grassroots movement of aspiring filmmakers, writers, directors, actors, producers, stage builders, and cinematographers. They’ve organised themselves in active groups such as the Top of the South Filmmakers and Random Directions Film. They collaborate on community-building and growing the local screen sector through their productions, workshop programmes, and film festivals. 

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