Fox Studios Australia

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Fox Studios Australia
Founded1 May 1998; 23 years ago (1998-05-01)
Parent20th Century Studios
(Walt Disney Studios)

Fox Studios Australia is a film and television studio in Sydney currently part of The Walt Disney Company since 2019, occupying the site of the former Sydney Showground at Moore Park. The studio opened in May 1998 by 20th Century Fox (now known as 20th Century Studios), and is now owned by The Walt Disney Studios.

Occupying a 32-acre-site, and 15 minutes from the Sydney CBD, the movie studio features eight sound stages, several production offices, workshops and around 60 independent entertainment industry businesses.

The studio has been involved in the production of a number of blockbusters, including The Matrix, Moulin Rouge!, Mission: Impossible 2, Star Wars Episodes II and III, and Superman Returns.

Site history[edit]

Prior to 1998, the Studio's site was host to Sydney's Royal Easter Show – the largest event held in Australia, and the sixth largest in the world. In 1881, the New South Wales Government provided land for the Royal Agricultural Society at Moore Park where the show was held for 116 years. From 1902 to 1919, the site expanded to the south and from 1920 to 1937, the Moore Park Showground expanded to the north. In 1998, the Show moved to a new showground and the former Sydney Showground at Moore Park became the home to Fox Studios Australia.

The 132,000 square metre (32 acre) site includes eight stages, production offices and heavy industrial workshops, and a community of over 60 independent businesses[citation needed]. These businesses provide services such as equipment hire, travel and freight, casting, postproduction, and explosives/pyrotechnic factory, adjoining residential properties.

Fox Studios Australia houses post-production specialists in film editing, sound re-recording and sound.

Backlot Theme Park[edit]

Fox Studios Backlot was purportedly based on Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Florida, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. The $261 million park opened on 7 November 1999. An adjacent precinct provides restaurants and cafes, a retail complex, parklands, entertainment venues, and sporting facilities. The adjacent precinct was previously known as simply 'Fox Studios Entertainment Precinct'. The backlot closed down in 2001 and the entrance remains at Fox Studios Australia.


Fox Studios Australia is owned by the media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company, under the terms of a 99-year lease from the New South Wales State Government.

The decision by the Carr Government in 1995 to allow News Corporation, predecessor of 21st Century Fox, to take over the site was controversial and attracted criticism from sections of the media such as The Sydney Morning Herald and independent MP Clover Moore. It was alleged that a secret deal took place between the NSW Government and the largest shareholder and Chairman/CEO of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, involving the donation of $25 million in taxpayers' money for the new site.[1][2]

On 20 March 2019, The Walt Disney Company completed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, and now owns the studio, as well as 20th Century Studios and other studios.[3]


The studio has been involved in a number of movies and television shows including:



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dick, Tim (20 September 2004), "Moore readies for new Fox Studios fight", The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney
  2. ^ Milliken, Robert (26 October 1995), "Sydney enraged by Murdoch's film studio deal", The Independent, London
  3. ^ Frater, Patrick (19 February 2019). "New Fox Appoints Wayne Borg to Los Angeles Studio Role". Variety. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. ^ Maddox, Garry (30 November 2013). "Mad Max Fury Road: Big muddy smash caps epic shoot". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 8 January 2021. Retrieved 8 January 2021.

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Coordinates: 33°53′31″S 151°13′43″E / 33.89202°S 151.22851°E / -33.89202; 151.22851