Broadband film boost
Thursday, 18th July, 2013
By Kurtis J Eichler
Super-fast broadband will be a game changer for the Broken Hill Film Studios, visiting politicians have been told.
Opposition spokesman for regional communications, Luke Hartsuyker, visited the $10 million Eyre Street site yesterday as part of a whirlwind stopover in Broken Hill yesterday.
City Council’s manager of economic development, Andrea Roberts, Film Broken Hill’s Lyndall Roberts, interim GM Greg Wright and Councillor Marion Browne showed Mr Hartsuyker through the 2.5 hectare site.
They paced through Station B, walking past the tarp-covered bus used in the stage version of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and inspected the yet to be transformed Station A.
The enormous converted power house was dealt a blow when producers of the highly-anticipated Mad Max sequel, Fury Road, shifted locations two years ago.
Ms Roberts said the National Broadband Network would be a game changer for the site and would expand its uses.
“If you get artists, educators, filmmakers able to feed their information or their footage or their artworks directly into the broadband system and shoot it off to capital cities then that’s a really big idea and would assist the studio,” Ms Roberts said.
If the site doesn’t get hooked up to the high-speed network, it will have to rely on itself as a standalone building.
“It’s a magnificent structure, it’s a very aspirational structure, people are interested in it but the moment we pump high speed data into this building we start to open a whole new market and a whole new range of opportunities.”
Mr Hartsuyker said the site had great potential and “a lot of appeal”.