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Aerial view - Docklands Studio's Sound Stage 6

The new $46 million Sound Stage 6 at Docklands Studios is now open – cementing Victoria’s reputation as a global destination for major screen production.

The 3700 square metre sound stage will increase Docklands Studios’ capacity by 60 per cent and is already attracting more of the biggest local and international screen productions.

Sound Stage 6 will be one of the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The new stage features a completely soundproof set and a huge 900,000-litre, 4.5-metre-deep purpose-built water tank for shooting large-scale underwater scenes.

An adjoining three-storey building houses studio operations and production offices as well as facilities, including a makeup room, green rooms and audition spaces.

The new sound stage positions Docklands Studios to meet booming global demand and has become a lightning rod for major international screen productions, including Robbie Williams’ biopic Better Man – which will be the first film to start production in Sound Stage 6.

Productions filmed at Docklands Studios are creating thousands of local jobs, providing a boost to businesses in the Docklands precinct.

Development Victoria is delighted to deliver the Sound Stage 6 project in collaboration with Creative Victoria, Docklands Studios Melbourne and Film Victoria.

Despite the pandemic, Docklands Studios has had one of its busiest periods on record with productions.

Sound Stage 6 complements the State Government’s $191.5 million VICSCREEN strategy, which includes new incentives to attract major Australian and international productions, increased investment in local film, television, games and skills development programs. 

Updated on 29 March 2022