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Homeowners make big bucks by renting properties for film shoots

Southport’s Louise Payne rents her home out for film shoots on A Perfect Space. Picture: supplied


SAVVY Gold Coast homeowners are making big bucks by renting out their properties to film producers and photographers.

With an increase in TV, film and photography projects on home soil due to the pandemic, the need for a catalogue list of production-ready locations has recently exploded.

A Perfect Space is a private database working closely with hirers to determine exactly what they want.

Property owners list their spaces on the platform and in turn have the opportunity to make money when their space is hired out.

Southport’s Louise Payne has her home Southport Sunrise on A Perfect Space – it can be hired for $1000 a day.

An outdoor entertaining area at Southport Sunrise. Picture: supplied


The house is described as having a “coastal yet classic theme” and has three bedrooms, two livings area and a modern kitchen.

“It’s an old house that’s about 75 years old and has been extended,” she said.

“It has quite a bit of character about it.”

Ms Payne said a friend recommended A Perfect Space to her after seeing her property.

“It’s a great little bit of extra cash,” she said.

“It’s sort of like you’re having an open home and you just leave the house for however long they need it for.”

Southport Sunrise was used as a location independent film Canvas. it was used for Rowan, the father character. After the death of his brother, an ex-military boxer with PTSD seeks redemption in a local charity match to save his estranged father’s gym.


Southport Sunrise was recently used as a location for independent film Canvas about an ex-military boxer with PTSD.

“To see our house being used in an independent film was really rewarding,” Ms Payne said.

Other Gold Coast houses on the site include a Hamptons haven in Mermaid Beach and a Palm Springs oasis in Isle of Capri.

A Perfect Space founder Kate Tiller identified the gap in the market after experiencing the challenges that came with location scouting.

“While creating the TV series in 2007, I felt the complete frustration of scouting struggling to find the right location that was on brief and within budget across regional Victoria,” Ms Tiller said.

“I wasted time and money scouting manually to only discover locations that didn’t quite meet the brief. And so, the genesis of the idea was born for A Perfect Space.”

The dining area at Southport Sunrise. Picture: supplied.


Her business missions is to provide the production industry with a simple process to find production-ready locations,

“We aim to collaborate, present a fair price and to do it quickly and securely,” she said.

“If we don’t have it in our catalogue, we will find it.

“Likewise, for our listers we strive to provide a simple, trusted service to showcase their space.

“We support homeowners to develop a viable revenue stream, which in these times is a great support for the community.”

A Perfect Space currently lists more than 850 properties from around the country on its site.

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