World sailing

A new Netflix film to retrace Jessica Watson’s odyssey around the world of sailing

“In 2009 and 2010, when Jessica was wrestling on the high seas and never giving up, we all watched, captivated and inspired by her bravery, skill and tenacity,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“My government is proud to have secured another screen production for Queensland, proof that the production bonanza is growing as word spreads of the multiple benefits of filming in our great state.”

Ella’s Pink Lady – Jessica Watson’s boat on her solo circumnavigation – at the Queensland Maritime Museum.Credit:Aurélie Beeston – Supplied

Watson still lives on the Sunshine Coast, became a youth ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme, completed a master’s degree in commerce and now runs a maritime safety app for boaters.

The Queensland Government has supported film production through Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.

Ms Palaszczuk said True Spirit It is estimated to bring $24 million to the Queensland economy and provide 300 jobs for cast and crew.

True Spirit is the second feature film where Netflix has chosen Queensland as its production location.

Escape from Spiderhead, starring Chris Hemsworth, which last year filmed at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center and on location at The Whitsundays, Jacobs Well, Arundel and Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast.

Screen Queensland chief executive Kylie Munnich said Watson’s story will be widely liked.

“Jessica’s story is one of courage, skill and resilience, against overwhelming odds and sometimes grave danger, and for this reason, I believe True Spirit will strike a chord with audiences across Australia and the world,” Ms Munnich said.

Watson’s management has been criticized for plotting a shorter voyage which initially failed to convince official yachting groups that her 210-day trip was truly a round-the-world trip.

“After a very successful shoot on Escape from Spiderhead, Screen Queensland is delighted to welcome Netflix to Queensland for this epic film about a beloved Australian hero.

It is one of several high-profile productions to shoot in Queensland this year.

Oscar winner Ron Howard now directs Thirteen Lives – about the cave rescue of the Thai football team – on the Gold Coast.

Later in 2021, the 10-part drama from Matchbox Pictures Irreverent, about a fugitive criminal posing as a reverend, will be filmed in Far North Queensland.

Meanwhile, the reality TV juggernaut Australian survivor (Season 6) is in production in Cloncurry, Outback Queensland, NBCUniversal’s Joe Exotic moved to the grounds of Screen Queensland Studios in Brisbane, and later this year George Clooney and Julia Roberts will star in ticket to paradise filming in the Whitsundays, Gold Coast and Brisbane.