Broken Hill (film)

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Broken Hill
Broken hill filmposter.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Dagen Merrill
Produced by Chris Wyatt
Julie Ryan
Written by Dagen Merrill
Starring Luke Arnold
Alexa Vega
Timothy Hutton
Release dates
  • September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11)
[1]
Country United States
Language English

Broken Hill is a 2009 drama film directed and written by Dagen Merrill, and stars Luke Arnold, Alexa Vega, and, in a supporting role, Timothy Hutton.

Synopsis[edit]

Tommy (Arnold), a gifted teenage composer, dreams of being accepted into the famous Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Unfortunately, a good band is hard to find in the middle of the Australian Outback—until an incident involving flying watermelons leads him to a group of talented prison inmates.

He meets Kat (Vega), his love interest, as part of the story.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel found the sight of the lead character conducting an imaginary orchestra a little challenging, and gave the movie 2 stars (out of five).[2]

Cary Darling of the Dallas Morning News objected to the "hardened" prisoners seeming as threatening "as Hogan's Heroes", but gave the film 3½ stars out of five.[3]

Jeff Vice of the Deseret News praises the "gorgeous Australian settings" and the cast of "mostly fresh-faced actors," sums it up as an "entertaining feel-good tale", before awarding the film 2½ stars out of four.[4]

Awards[edit]

Broken Hill took the ‘Best Feature Film - Audience Choice’ Award at the TriMedia Film Festival held in Fort Collins, Colorado (USA) and won a Best Film award at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.[5] The Giffoni Film Festival website describes Broken Hill as "halfway between Sister Act and the Italian movie La musica nel Cuore.[6]

The 2010 International Family Film Festival awarded Broken Hill the “Director’s Gold Spirit Award”, the top jury prize awarded by the Festival.[7]

Home Media[edit]

The DVD was released in the US on May 17, 2011.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Broken Hill - Release Dates
  2. ^ Movie review: Broken Hill - Orlando Sentinel, September 18, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  3. ^ Broken Hill - Dallas Morning News, September 10, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  4. ^ Broken Hill - Deseret News, Sept. 11, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  5. ^ Broken Hill - Christian Answers. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  6. ^ Broken Hill - Giffoni Film Festival, July 21, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  7. ^ Broken Hill awarded Top Jury Prize - Audience Alliance Pictures, March 18, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Hill-Alexa-Vega/dp/B004ODLUIK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375755521&sr=8-1&keywords=Broken+Hill+dvd

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