Unexpected rainfall leaves Mad Max 4 Fury Road city high and dry
RACHEL OLDING AND CASSANDRA O'CONNOR
Sydney Morning Herald
July 22, 2010
OUTBACK towns of Australia, Mad Max wants you. But you must be small, deserted and definitely dry.
Heavy rainfall has left Broken Hill looking a little too lush for the producers of Mad Max 4: Fury Road, who have had to delay filming in the outback town, sparking speculation they may be looking for another outback dustbowl.
The Mundi Mundi Plains were surveyed for the film last year but vegetation has since sprung up. About 200 crew members are in Broken Hill for the pre-production phase, but filming has now been postponed until January.
Locals have heard rumours of the production moving to Burra in South Australia or to Emu Plains in western Sydney in the meantime.
The mayor of Broken Hill City Council, Wincen Cuy, was adamant that filming of the post-apocalyptic film would not be leaving the notoriously dry town in far western NSW.
''Weatherwise it's stunning, it's been very wet and there is a lot of growth around which is not something we're renowned for. It's pretty abnormal and we hadn't planned on it but we're led to believe [the filming] won't go anywhere else.''
In a public meeting on Tuesday, Kennedy Miller Productions assured local accommodation providers that commitments would be upheld despite changes in the production schedule.
Menindee Road, Broken Hill, where filming for Mad Max II took place. Photo: GAVIN SCHMIDT
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