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Council has ‘no regrets’

Saturday, 6th August, 2011

By Kurtis Eichler

City Council says it has no regrets about building a $2.3 million film studio in the city.

This week Council announced that filming of the action film Mad Max: Fury Road will no longer take place in Broken Hill.

Council’s General Manager, Frank Zaknich, said he stands by the decision to build the studio, which will in total cost more than $9 million.

“Longer term, obviously Broken Hill’s been a film destination location for the last 30 years,” he said.

“Over 60 feature films have been made here already and there will be many others made here in the future.”

Mr Zaknich said the development of the film studio, which opened in March, was adding value to the city’s film tourism industry.

“It’s a sound investment based on commercial principals.”

He said film production company, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, had signed a licensing agreement for two years, plus an additional one year option to lease the studio.

Mr Zaknich said Council would be able to sub lease the space while the company was not using it.

“It will enable us to ensure the film studio is used to its fullest extent.”

Mr Zaknich said the former power station will continue to be promoted to other film makers and Kennedy Miller had other film makers that were interested.

The city was where the famous Mad Max 2 was shot and will remain popular for that reason, he said.

“It’ll still be marketed around Mad Max being made here.

“We’re still the spiritual home, per se, so that won’t change.

“The fact that the film’s not being made here certainly is drawing attention to the city as well; it opens up a whole range of other opportunities.

“Any marketing is good marketing from our point of view.”

Mr Zaknich said Council was putting together a prospectus to go out to the market.

In the meantime, he said Council will be seeking other films to be made in the city.

“We’ve got a Film Broken Hill unit focused solely on that.”

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