The Gold Coast is proving itself as the perfect playground for filmmakers to anchor their productions in our city, with blockbuster films Aquaman, Thor: Ragnarok and Kong: Skull Island shot right here on the Coast.

A key attraction for production on the Gold Coast is the Village Roadshow Studios, located a short fifty minute drive south of Brisbane International Airport and adjacent to the Warner Bros. Movie World Theme Park, offering world-class film production facilities and a comprehensive support network of experienced film service companies conveniently located on the lot.

At the helm of the Studios is Lynne Benzie, President of Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast. Lynne Benzie has over 28 years in the film, television and entertainment industry.

Her career started in the United Kingdom in Engineering, she then migrated to Australia in 1979 where she developed a very diverse background in the Insurance, Finance, Legal, building and Information Technology industries, which led her to a position with EMI Records in promotion and marketing.

Lynne joined Village Roadshow Studios in 1990 as PA to the General Manager of the Studios, after 5 years of being involved in the operations of the Studio Complex she was promoted to Studio Manager, then to Vice President Studios Operations and in January 2008 was promoted to President of the Studios.

In her capacity as President of Studios she is responsible for the day to day running and operations of the Studio Complex including, financial planning and marketing the studio facility, travels to U.S.A. twice a year and works closely with Screen Queensland and City of Gold Coast to attract productions in Queensland and lobby governments to increase incentives.

Lynne was on the Board of the PFTC for 7 years and was Chair on Film Gold Coast and a committee member for REDAB (Regional Economic & Advisory Board for the film industry) and is currently on the Board of Ausfilm Australia. Bond University – Film and TV advisory board, QUT – CI Faculty Advisory Committee Meeting and in 2018 on the board for Gold Coast Film Festival and Screen Queensland.

The arts and culture sector is key to the health and competitiveness of cities. The Gold Coast is coming into its own – creating a new identity that includes art, music, events such as the Gold Coast Film Festival and creativity to appeal to an increasingly sophisticated resident, visitor and investor. There is evidence that the value of arts and creativity contributes to the health and competitiveness of cities.

Join Lynne Benzie and a panel of film and creative industry heavy-hitters on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30pm at HOTA, Home of the Arts, for an insightful evening exploring the ripple effects of the film and creative industry on local jobs and economic growth, dive into the wonderful world of film and creative industries and network with likeminded individuals.

For more information about the Exclusive Cocktail Event: A Creative Gold Coast on Wedneday, April 10 please visit our Events Page. Places are limited, so purchase your tickets now!