Broken Hill and Silverton
What landscapes you can offer film makers within your council area e.g. urban, desert, industrial, rainforest, coastal, etc?
Today, Broken Hill is more poised in readiness for the world of film than ever before. It is a city surrounded by big sky and sparse landscape. It’s period architecture, wide streets and “can-do” attitude of residents makes it one of Australia’s easiest City’s for film makers to work in. Broken Hill is essentially a ready-made film lot, a workshop primed to support the most ambitious of film making endeavours. Broken Hill, the ‘city in the desert,’ is significant for its unique mix of architecture and mining infrastructure, set in a vast arid landscape. It is renowned for its perfect light. By day the sun and at night the stars. The natural and constructed light, refraction and reflection. The desert moon and the city lights. It is this perfect light that attracts artists, photographers and film makers to the Silver City. Broken Hill is also surrounded by red dust and a desert landscape that lends itself to replicating international desert landscapes and has an industrial landscape that offers film makers a plethora of opportunity to replicate mining and industrial scenes. Film makers can leave the heart of the city and be in the “middle of nowhere” in 15 minutes. According to The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert producer Al Clarke: “Broken Hill offers an outstanding range of locations which reinforced our belief that it was possible to shoot economically in remote areas.”
Do you offer notable landmarks or unique architecture?
Broken Hill is a quintessential outback town with wide streets, alleyways, character houses, mining headframes and park lands. Broken Hill's architecture offers film makers the opportunity to create stories across several eras. The City has an unusual mix of architecture, where historic government buildings reflect the NSW colonial government style of architecture, the residential buildings reflect those of South Australia, and, commercial buildings, such as hotels, display characteristics similar to Melbourne’s late Victorian architectural period.
Silverton and Mundi Mundi Plains
The town of Silverton, 25km from Broken Hill, is also a favourite location for film makers. From the expansive Mundi Mundi Plains, to the 19th Century buildings, wide dirt streets and the famous Silverton Hotel, the little town that boasts a population of about 50 has been the star of many of Australia's feature films and advertisements.
What facilities and infrastructure are in your council area that film makers could utilise?
From location management, casting support, and makeup services, to printing, accommodation, catering, electrical, truck driving and traffic management, Broken Hill is set up to service the industry. There are a number of warehouses and office spaces for lease, gyms, halls and studios, an Aquatic Centre and many restaurants, cafes, hotels, access to hire vehicles, hardware stores, set builders and trades to support crews while filming in the city.
What film friendly policies do you have in place?
Broken Hill City Council has developed a streamlined process for permits and a film-friendly focus for the city and there are minimal film permit charges for working within the City. This is supported by the locals, who are accustomed to high profile actors visiting and living in the community. Actors can move freely around the City without being harassed apart from the odd selfie. Council acts as a conduit between the industry and local contacts to connect industry to the people, tools and the knowledge they need to film in the city and surrounding region. Council also works closely with Screen Broken Hill – the industry-led collaborative that coordinates location scouting, casting and production.
What productions – for film, television or online – have shot in your local area previously?
The City is listed in Destination NSW's list of 11 of the most recognised film destinations made famous by classic and new Australian films and number four on the Lonely Planet’s list of films "where the destination is the star", behind Petra, Paris and Tokyo.
See below for full list of credits
Do you offer any incentives or support to encourage screen production?
No financial incentives but Council provides a single point of contact who has been working in film liaison for over 10 years. Council also seeks to turn around permits within five days.
What is your council’s proximity to transport hubs such as airports, freeways?
Broken Hill is the largest regional centre in the western half of New South Wales and the strategic centre of Far West NSW. It lies close to the South Australian border and midway between the Queensland and Victorian borders. The nearest population base is Mildura in Victoria, 300 kilometres to the south on the Murray River. The nearest capital city is Adelaide, approximately 500 kilometres to the southwest. The city is connected by air, rail and road. Although located within NSW, Broken Hill has strong cultural and historic connections with South Australia and operates on Central Australian Time, half hour behind Eastern Standard Time.
What accommodation options do you offer?
Caravan Parks, Motels, Hotels, station stays, cottages, units and homes.
Broken Hill City Council
City Growth Co-ordinator/Film Industry Liaison
PH 0409 316 103
Screen Broken Hill
Locations / film services contact
P: 0414 917 793
240 Blende Street
Wake in Fright
Night into Day
Last Cab to Darwin
No Place for Weak
The Amazing Race
Joanne Lees: Murder in the Outback
Godzilla: Final Wars
Mission: Impossible II
Race the Sun
In Pursuit of Happiness
The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
The Last Days of Chez Nous
Ring of Scorpio
Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds
First Tuesday in November
The Dirty Water Dynasty
Rikky and Pete
As Time Goes By
A Long Way from Home: Dadah is Death
The Lizard King
A Place to Call Home
The Blue Lightning