Filming wraps on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-pro starring Li Bingbing

12 February, 2016 by Brian Karlovsky

Li Bingbing stars in Nest.

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Filming has wrapped on the largest ever Chinese-Australian co-production at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.

The 3-D Movie, Nest, stars Chinese megastar Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga, Expendables 3), Kelsey Grammer (Transformers), Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Chinese popstar and actor Wu Chun and Shane Jacobson (The Dressmaker, Oddball, Kenny).

Li Bingbing’s most recent film, Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, on which Arclight Films holds the worldwide sales rights, earned $80 million in China last year.

She is best known internatiionally for her work in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Resident Evil: Retribution and Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

Nest is the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, with investment funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, and features an award-winning team both in front of and behind the camera. 

Visual FX will be created by Cutting Edge and the world renowned, Oscar-Winning CG House, Rising Sun Pictures, whose impressive resume includes films from X-Men: Days of Future Past to The Great Gatsby

The film centres on a team a team of scientists who, while making the discovery of the century, lose a colleague in an ancient labyrinth. 

The group must battle their way through a swarm of deadly, man-eating funnel web spiders and discover the secret behind the arachnids’ power and intelligence – before it’s too late. 

Nest, the biggest-ever-budgeted Chinese Australian co-production feature, is director Kimble Rendall’s first 3-D film since Bait 3D, which made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and became the highest grossing and most successful Australian film in the history of Chinese cinema.

Producers include Gary Hamilton, Ying Ye and Mark Lazarus, Serena Deng and Li Bingbing. Executive Producers include Mike Gabrawy, Elliot Tong, Todd Fellman, Shi Guirong and Chen Guoxing. 

Darclight, the edgy genre-driven label of Arclight Films, is handling worldwide sales. Territories already sold include Square One – Germany, Italia – Middle East, Aqua Pinema – Turkey, Viswaas – India, Pioneer – Philippines, Galaxy – Vietnam, Colorful Garden – Myanmar, Cinemaxx – Indonesia, Sahamongkol – Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and and Label – Australia and New Zealand.

Nest is produced in partnership with Loongs United Investment Company Ltd. 

Founded in 2010, Loongs is a Beijing-based based company actively engaged in film and TV investments in China, and was responsible for the Chinese distribution of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit as well as Redemption starring Jason Statham, among other projects. 

Arclight Films encompasses subsidiary labels Darclight Films, the edgy genre-driven division of the company whose films include the worldwide horrorhits Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2 and action thriller Bait 3D and a current slate that includes Lost in the Pacific starring Brandon Routh, and Easternlight, a specialty arm showcasing Asian cinema with the largest film library of any non Asian-based indie film label. 

Films sold under the Easternlight banner include Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, 14 Blades starring Donnie Yen, and legendary auteur Chen Kaige's Sacrifice.

The latest additions to Easternlight include Wolf Warrior, starring Wu Jing (which opened #1 at the Chinese Box Office, earning more than $32.5 million in one weekend), Outcast starring Nicolas Cage, Special ID starring Donnie Yen, Badges of Fury, starring Jet Li.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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