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Next stop, Hollywood

Thursday, 22nd March, 2018

Local filmmaker Jason King said Broken Hill is a sought after location for film and now the city and the region have been put on the map. PICTURE: Myles Burt Local filmmaker Jason King said Broken Hill is a sought after location for film and now the city and the region have been put on the map. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Broken Hill and Silverton have featured in a new video by the State Government aimed at promoting NSW locations to the international film industry. 

The Far West along with 50 other locations such as the sand dunes near Newcastle, the Monaro Plains and the Snowy Mountains have been featured in the film. 

Local filmmaker Jason King said Broken Hill has always been on the map and a sought after location for film, but the area has more to offer. 

He said the town is usually a backdrop for outback films, but could provide a setting for plenty more stories.

“In a lot of ways there is untapped potential for the Far West desert in terms of what it could be for other stories as well as the classic Australian landscape it does so well,” Mr King said.

“Broken Hill, Silverton and the Far West have some of the best locations that Australia’s got to offer for filmmakers no matter what they’re making.”

Mr King said it was no surprise that Broken Hill was selected to feature in the teaser film showcasing NSW, considering its iconic film history and its landscape, having featured in Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible II, Mad Max, Priscilla, and more recently the TV mini-series Wake In Fright.

“I think given how great the locations are, there’s an amazing opportunity to take it even further,” Mr King said.

In the last two years the State Government has made more than $300 million in production expenditure and created almost 10,000 jobs in the film industry.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said that he was delighted to be able to capture the best of NSW’s landscapes through the teaser film and is excited to showcase it in Hollywood later this month. 

Mr King said that he is looking forward to seeing what else the State Government brings by continuing to develop the film industry in town.

“To see Broken Hill being pitched on the world stage as a destination for filmmakers is a great step, and it would be fantastic to see a Hollywood production being made out here in the near future,” he said.

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