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Old warriors never forget

Thursday, 21st March, 2013

French cartoonists Cha and Melvin with the mural they painted for the Mad Max Museum in Silverton French cartoonists Cha and Melvin with the mural they painted for the Mad Max Museum in Silverton

By Kurtis J Eichler

They may be filming the latest Mad Max in the deserts of Namibia, but to the film series' legion of fans, Silverton is the home of the Road Warrior.

Every second year fans of the apocalyptic action flick descend on Silverton for a social gathering to remember the movies.

Mad Max II, starring Mel Gibson, was shot in the Broken Hill district and 32 years on, the fans keep coming.

Last week crew, stuntmen and fans from Japan, Scotland, France, US and Australia spent six days in the city reliving the film which is now a part of Australian folk lore.

American visitor Jim Dorsett is widely-known among fans for his impersonation of character 'Humungous.'

The man who stunt-doubled for Mel, Dennis Williams, also returned.

The first movie was shown on Monday night followed by a trivia evening and Q&A with crew members.

The following day the convoy of replica Mad Max cars were taken for a spin, ending at the Mundi Mundi lookout that evening.

The owner of the Mad Max Museum at Silverton, Adrian Bennett, said the Youth Hall was turned into the Hall of Justice and characters littered the town.

"It was basically a week of Mad Max festivities and everyone was in character the whole time," Mr Bennett said.

Two cartoonists from France, Cha and Melvin, left a gift for Mr Bennett in the form of a 3x2 metre calico mural of the films.

"They pencilled it in France and brought it over here, hung it up and spent two days sitting in the heat painting it," he said.

"They wanted to do something that would pay homage to Mad Max. It's absolutely incredible."

The mural is now hanging in the museum.

The filming of the Mad Max 4: Fury Road was expected to be the second film shot in Broken Hill but unseasonal rain turned the arid landscape green and production was moved to Namibia.

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