October 31, 2013
HOLLYWOOD is coming to Broken Hill, with Australian stars Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce set to settle into the central west to film Strangerland.
NSW Arts Minister George Souris will announce the coup today, with the film expected to generate 227 jobs and more than $5 million in production spend for the state.
The film, starring Nicole Kidman, starts filming in January, and is a mystery drama about a couple who lose their two teenage kids in the Australian desert.
It has received $450,000 in Screen NSW funding through the production finance fund, and $100,000 from the regional filming fund.
Broken Hill will get another invasion of Australian stars in March, as Jacki Weaver and Michael Caton film the Australian feature Last Cab to Darwin.
This film, about a taxi driver who takes an epic journey from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms, is expected to create 60 jobs and will generate a production spend of more than $2 million to the state.
Arts minister George Souris said seven upcoming film and television projects, including the two Broken Hill projects, would be a huge win for jobs in NSW – and the state government was providing $1.4 million in funding to secure them.
“The seven projects will generate almost $14 million of direct production expenditure in NSW, create more than 630 jobs, including jobs in regional NSW and once again put an international spotlight on NSW’s dynamic screen industry,” Mr Souris said.
The film Backyard Ashes will be filmed in Wagga Wagga, and is expected to generate 170 jobs and a production spend of more than $500,000, and Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed will be filmed in Kiama, creating 53 jobs and a production spend of more than $1 million.