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Home > Travelogues > 2017 Travelogues Index > Broken Hill, New South Wales 8

Broken Hill, New South Wales - Movies, television series and commercials filmed in the Broken Hill area, including Silverton

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Broken Hill has many literary connections. Crime writer Arthur Upfield developed a nostalgic association with the city after his first visit in 1910 and published The Bachelors of Broken Hill in 1958.

 

Kenneth Cook's 1961 novel Wake in Fright—set in the fictional mining town of Bundanyabba—is a thinly disguised portrait of Broken Hill. Cook based the novel on eccentric ocker characters he befriended in Broken Hill, drawing on their penchant for ritualistic drinking, two-up, hunting and alfa-male mateship. The novel was adapted into a 1971 film of the same name, shot on location in Broken Hill and starring Broken Hill native Chips Rafferty in his final film role. Wake in Fright is now regarded as a seminal film of the Australian New Wave, attracting many more film productions to Broken Hill, Silverton and the surrounding region.

 

More recently, much of Australian novelist Max Barry's 2013 novel Lexicon was set in Broken Hill.

Buildings in Silverton were used in movies filmed here, such as the 1886 built Catholic church which appearing in A Town Like Alice.

 

St Carthage Catholic church, now a private home, pictured at right, beyond one of the friendly Silverton donkeys. 

References:

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Silverton, Outback Hollywood

Hollywood comes to Broken Hill

Films of Broken Hill and Silverton  

 

1936 Silver City – documentary

1953 Barrier Story - movie

1967 Journey out of Darkness – movie starring Konrad Matthaei, Ed Deveraux and Kamahl

1970 Girl in Australia - movie

1970 Wake in Fright – movie with a cast including Chips Rafferty, who grew up in Broken Hill

1971 The Battle of Broken Hill (Mini-series)

1978 Golden Soak – television mini-series

1981 Mad Max 2 – movie starring Mel Gibson is the most successful and best known movie filmed in Silverton and the adjacent Mundi Mundi Plains. 

1981 Silverton became “Willstown” for the three part mini-series production of A Town Like Alice starring Helen Morse and Bryan Brown.  The verandah added to the Silverton Hotel for the filming remains. 

1982 Hostage - movie

1983 Razorback – movie

1983 The Camel Boy

1983 The Slim Dusty Movie

1984 The Long Way Home - movie

1985 Alice to Nowhere – television movie

1985 Comrades - movie

1986 A Place to Call Home – television movie

1986 The Blue Lightning – television movie starring Sam Elliott and Rebecca Gilling

1987 As time goes by – movie comedy

1987 Dirtwater Dynasty (mini-series)

1988 Outback Bound -  American television movie

1988 Spirits of the Air: Gremlins of the Clouds

1989 The Water Trolley – television movie

1990 Ring of Scorpio – television movie

1991 The Flying Doctors – television series

1992 Last Days of Chez Nous – movie

1993 Reckless Kelly – movie comedy starring Yahoo Serious

1994 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – movie starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp. Mario's Palace in Broken Hill, now trading as The Palace Hotel, has the "tack-o-rama" mural featured in The Adventures of Priscilla.

1998 The Missing - movie

1999 The Craic - movie

2000 Mission Impossible 2 – movie starring Tom Cruise

2001 Dirty Deeds – movie starring an Australian cast including Bryan Brown and Toni Collette

2004 Godzilla: Final War – Japanese movie and cast

2007 December Boys - movie

2008 Cactus – movie which also starred Bryan Brown

2013 Strangerland – movie starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce

2014 2015 The Code – Television series

2015 Last Cab to Darwin – movie starring Jacki Weaver and Michael Caton, with the story commencing in Broken Hill

 

 

The first film was the 1936 documentary about life in the mining town of Broken Hill.  Movies and television productions which had sequences filmed in the Broken Hill and Silverton area include:

 

In addition, there have been a number of commercials filmed in and around Broken Hill, with the Silverton Hotel being a favoured venue.  See photo of the sign at the Silverton Hotel at the top of this page.
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There is a Mad Max Museum in Silverton (below), dedicated to the most well-known movie filmed here; Mad Max 2.   

 

Mad Max memorabilia in the Silverton Hotel pictured at left. 

Coming soon: A visit to Silverton as we continue exploring north west New South Wales