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City won't star in Great Gatsby

Tuesday, 22nd February, 2011

By Gina Wilson

Broken Hill might be number four on the list of films where the destination is the star, but it's not quite right for Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby.

While our scenery is perfect for the postapocalyptic world of Mad Max, City Council's general manager said we weren't that well suited to the glitz andglamour of booming 1920s New York.

"Other locations would be better suited," Frank Zaknich said.

Filming for Baz Luhrmann's 3D version of The Great Gatsby will mostly take place in Sydney's Fox Studios, but will also include locations around NSW.

Leonardo DiCaprio has the lead role in the $120 million film, based on the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Despite Broken Hill not being considered desirable for a movie portraying prosperous 1920s America and with the city's multimillion film studio still not completed, Mr Zaknich said the city was still on the filmlocation radar.

"We're obviously on the radar with Screen NSW in terms of suitable locations," Mr Zaknich said. 

"If that opportunity arises then we've certainly got a strong reputation for film locations."

Last year the city was a top-10 inclusion an internationally renowned travel guide's list of the best film locations in the world.

Under the headline of "Films where the destination is the star" Lonely Planet listed Broken Hill as number four for its stellar performance in Mad Max 2.

Mr Zaknich said that was a fact never far from people's minds.

"We're a sought after location in terms of filming and that's proven by our number four status in the world where destination is the star as described in Lonely Planet."

More than 800 people will be employed during production and filming of the new Mad Max.

Pre-production will begin next month followed by 17 weeks of filming in early 2012 and 30 weeks of postproduction.


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