Fans flock to Today team
Tuesday, 8th March, 2016
By Michael Murphy
The only thing friendlier than the crew from the Today Show at Silverton yesterday morning was the flies - they provided a thick, traditional welcome for the broadcasters from the big smoke.
But a few cork hats and coatings of bug spray helped the crew present a fantastic program that showcased the best that Silverton and the Silver City has to offer.
The national show - which in recent weeks has topped the breakfast ratings with an average of 327,000 viewers - went off without a hitch.
The relaxed atmosphere and jovial banter of the presenters made the event seem more like a social outing that was occasionally interrupted by some television work.
A small crowd swelled to just over 100 after dawn to watch Lisa Wilkinson, Karl Stefanovic, Richard Wilkins and Ross Greenwood weave their magic in front of the camera, and delight fans during the breaks with laughs, chats and selfies.
They heaped praise on the usual suspects of local tourism, the Silverton and Palace hotels, the Daydream Mine and they even gave the Barrier Daily Truth some love.
Richard held up a copy of the paper at the top of the show, displaying the front page featuring the four presenters.
“That’s a fine publication that Barrier Daily Truth,” Lisa told viewers.
Karl was quick to point out some of the local “loose units” in one of the photos. They met them at the Palace Hotel the night before where a “good time was had by all”.
Ross took viewers on a tour of the ruins of the old Silverton Hotel where BHP was born 131 years ago.
Richard delved into the Mad Max Museum - “a mecca for fans” - and he also put together a package on all the films shot in the area, from Wake in Fright to the Last Cab to Darwin.
Film director and screenwriter Stephan Elliot - best known for his fine work with Priscilla - told Richard his views of Broken Hill.
“Eighty percent of Priscilla was actually shot in Broken Hill,” Stephan told viewers.
“Broken Hill has this vibe entirely of its own.
“It’s its own weird encapsulated society that has nothing to do with the rest of Australia.
“It’s completely eccentric. It’s completely nuts. It’s completely down to earth.
“I mean someone in the pub will tell you what they think right to your face, as long as you are drinking with them.
Richard, Karl and Lisa interviewed local June Marie Bennett about her role in the movie, and drag queen Philmah Bocks put on an outstanding performance from the bus that featured prominently in the film.
Former local Julie Snook, who is now a TV reporter for Channel Nine, also got a mention on air after some of her relatives waved a banner in the crowd.
Karl chimed in: “She has got a fair bit to say about the blokes she used to date out here.”
The crew departed the Silver City just after lunch and made their way to Henley Beach in Adelaide, the second stop of their “We Love Australia” week-long tour.