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Rookie director sees the attraction of home

Friday, 4th July, 2008

Published: Friday 4 July, 2008 Film student Miles Clothier said he now understands why the landscape of the Silver City attracts film makers from far and wide.

The 20-year-old, who is undertaking a Diploma of Screen, Film and Television at the Adelaide Centre for Arts, recently shot a short film in the district.

His six-minute film, "Wasteland", has been entered into the Reel Deal Film Festival and locals will have a chance to see it at Bell's Milk Bar in Patton Street at 7pm tonight.

Miles said the film was a "post-apocalyptic journey of a man on the hunt for his woman, who has been kidnapped by the dreaded Highway Bandits of the futuristic Wasteland," and has a "Mad Max feel."

The film includes scenes shot outside Silverton, a local yard and the "Blonde Room" at the West Darling Hotel.

"I never realised how good Broken Hill was for shooting films," the ex-local told the BDT.

"I'm definitely going to be coming back here to make movies.... you don't find a place like this everywhere."

A group of around 20 locals feature in the film, which took three days to shoot, and Miles said it was great to have so much support.

"A lot of people helped out making the film. I'm really happy with the outcome."

The Reel Deal Competition required that at least one scene be filmed in either Broken Hill or Bankstown and that there be an embrace.

There are $20,000 worth of prizes available, including a $5,000 Bryan Brown scholarship.Miles, who produced, directed, filmed, composed, edited and cast the film, said he was stoked that Bryan Brown would see his work.

"He's one of my favorite Australian actors."

In addition to the screening of the film, which is recommended for an older audience, local musicians will also be performing at Bell's tonight.

"The music jam has always been a great way for musicians to network with like-minded people and perform and jam in an informal and supportive environment," Bell's owner Jason King said.

"The film component adds to this. 

"Bell's has always been supportive of the arts. It is a great venue for artists to perform or show their work in an encouraging, alcohol-free environment."

The Bell's Jam Night is supported by the Broken Hill Art Exchange, which will provide the PA for the evening. 

Local musician and Art Exchange member, Craig Freeman, will be available to help less experienced musicians with the equipment. 

"The Jam Night is a great way for musicians of all ages and abilities to share and learn from each other in a relaxed and encouraging environment," Mr Freeman said.

Musicians and performers of all ages, abilities and musical persuasions are invited to come along.

The next Jam Night is scheduled for Friday August 1. For more information call Jason King on 0414 917 793.

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