Tracks of Glory
On location in SA
The spectacular and diverse beauty of the South Australian landscape has long been a drawcard for film and television directors and producers.
For 30 years, the South Australian Film Corporation has worked with many of Australia’s leading filmmakers, from Peter Weir and Scott Hicks to Bruce Beresford, Rolf de Heer and Paul Cox.
A thriving film industry is just part of South Australia’s rich culture – there’s also the Adelaide Festival and Fringe and the new Adelaide International Film Festival.
South Australia’s tourism regions have played a starring role in many critically acclaimed films, from Adelaide in Shine and Innocence to the Flinders Ranges in Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Tracker. It’s easy to follow in the footsteps of some of the most famous actors of our time – this map shows you how …
ADELAIDE 1 AUSTRALIAN RULES (2002 Feature)
Director: Paul Goldman
Cast: Nathan Phillips, Lisa Flanagan, Luke Carroll, Tom Budge, Simon Westaway, Celia Ireland
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Gary Black (Phillips) helps his football team win the championship by accident, falls in love with a beautiful Aboriginal girl from the local mission and is caught in a terrible conflict with the local community.
Locations: The fictional township of Prospect Bay was created at a variety of locations, including Thompson’s Beach and Middle Beach north of Adelaide, and Port Wakefield. Adelaide locations included the Grange Jetty and the Port District Football Club.
Experience it for yourself: Soak up South Australia’s coastal scenery and enjoy great local cuisine at the Grange Jetty Kiosk, offering modern Australian fare in a stunning beach location for lunch and dinner. Twenty minutes from the Adelaide CBD on Jetty Rd, Grange. Ph: (08) 8235 0822
BLACK AND WHITE (2002 Feature)
Director: Craig Lahiff
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Kerry Fox, David Ngoombujarra, Ben Mendelsohn, Charles Dance
Synopsis: Based on a real-life courtroom drama in Adelaide that went as far as the Privy Council in London, Black and White tells of how two young lawyers (Carlyle and Fox) embark on a battle to save alleged murderer Max Stuart in a case that has far-reaching consequences, both for themselves and Australian society of the 1950s.
Locations: The South Australian Parliament House of Assembly, the Supreme Court of South Australia, the old Adelaide Gaol, Carrick Hill, the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Town Hall. The coastal towns of Ardrossan and Port Wakefield doubled for the west coast town of Ceduna.
Experience it for yourself: Carrick Hill is a 1930s mansion in the Adelaide suburb of Springfield, boasting an extraordinary collection of sculpture, antiques and paintings and great views of the city. Open Wed-Sun (except July) and public holidays 10am-5pm.
The Adelaide Town Hall, which opened in 1866 and features Victorian architecture, has free tours every Monday at 10am. Bookings essential. Ph: (08) 8203 7203
INNOCENCE (2000 Feature)
Director: Paul Cox Cast: Julia Blake, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Terry Norris
Synopsis: A retired musician (Tingwell) renews his relationship with his first true love (Blake), 50 years after they shared a passionate love affair in post- war Belgium. A poignant homage to the human spirit.
Locations: Adelaide’s garden suburbs, parks and cafes, with some flashback scenes filmed in Belgium.
Kiss or Kill
Experience it for yourself: The Adelaide Botanic Garden, located in the heart of the city off North Terrace, features hectares of native and international flora, a stunning rose garden, a tropical rainforest display and the largest glasshouse in the southern hemisphere. Open Mon-Fri 8am- sunset, weekends and public holidays 9am-sunset. Ph: (08) 8222 9311
SHINE (1996 Feature)
Director: Scott Hicks
Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor, Lynn Redgrave, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Sir John Gielgud
Synopsis: Based on the true story of David Helfgott, a child prodigy who battled against his father’s obsessive love and the fierce competition of the concert arena to become a world-class pianist. Winner of the 1997 Academy Award for Best Actor (Rush).
Locations: Forty locations in and around Adelaide. The opening scene was filmed at the Henley On Sea café at Henley Beach.
Experience it for yourself: Just 15 minutes from the city centre, Henley Beach is one of the most popular beachside destinations in Adelaide. A host of great restaurants, bars and cafes are centred at Henley Square, and Henley on Sea is located just up the Esplanade.
BAD BOY BUBBY (1993 Feature)
Director: Rolf de Heer Cast: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Carmel Johnson
Synopsis: A black comedy/drama about a 35-year-old man who escapes to the outside world after being kept in total isolation by his disturbed mother. Winner of five awards at the 1994 Venice Film Festival.
Locations: Chiefly historic Port Adelaide, including the Torrens Island Power Station, and the nearby coastal suburb of Semaphore. Also St Peters Cathedral in North Adelaide.
Experience it for yourself: Uncover the secrets of Port Adelaide and Semaphore (both 20 minutes north-west of the CDB) with a local guided walk. Semaphore Walks leave every Sunday at 2pm from the War Memorial Clock Tower on the foreshore. One-hour Port Walks leave at 2pm every Thursday and Sunday from the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre. The region is also home to the South Australian Maritime Museum, the Port Sunday Market, Port River cruises with the dolphins, an aviation museum and national railway museum. Ph: (08) 8447 4788.
St Peter’s Cathedral is located just north of the parklands separating the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide. Ph: (08) 8267 4551
COOBER PEDY, OUTBACK
PITCH BLACK (2000 Feature)
Director: David Twohy Cast: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Claudia Black
Synopsis: Science-fiction adventure set on a seemingly lifeless, sun-scorched planet where a group of marooned space travellers, including a murderous criminal, must band together to survive the overwhelming heat. But as night falls other dangers emerge.
Location: The stark landscape around Coober Pedy, where deposits of gypsum cover the earth with a metallic haze.
RED PLANET (2000 Feature)
Director: Antony Hoffman
Cast: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Benjamin Bratt, Tom Sizemore, Simon Baker
Synopsis: In this science-fiction thriller about the first piloted mission to Mars, a team of astronauts is seeking refuge for Earth’s dying human population. But things go horribly wrong.
Locations: The Breakaways Reserve near Coober Pedy, believed by scientists to resemble the topography of Mars.
THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (1994 Feature)
Director: Stephan Elliott Cast: Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter
Synopsis: Two drag queens and a transsexual from Sydney take to the Outback in a bus called Priscilla to perform their act in Alice Springs. Winner of the 1995 Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
Location: Coober Pedy and the surrounding Moon Plain.
MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985 Feature)
Director: George Miller, George Ogilvie Cast: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence
Synopsis: In this third Mad Max cult film, Max (Gibson) finds himself in Bartertown, a post-apocalyptic shantytown where gladiatorial games are the rule. He soon finds himself in exile, but is rescued by a tribe of nomadic children and sets out to restore justice.
Locations: The Moon Plain near Coober Pedy provided a backdrop for the film’s opening scenes at Bartertown, and for several climatic chase scenes. The character Jebediah’s dugout house is a real dugout in Coober Pedy, belonging to outback legend Crocodile Harry.
Experience Coober Pedy for yourself: About eight hours’ drive north of Adelaide and producing 90% of the world’s opals, Coober Pedy is a frontier mining town in the heart of the Outback. With temperatures often soaring to
Picnic at Hanging Rock
The New Adventures of Black Beauty
Black and White
Locations: The Flinders Ranges around the town of Hawker and Leigh Creek.
Experience if for yourself: Hawker, about four hours north of Adelaide, is the perfect gateway to the Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound. Ph: (08) 8648 4014. Also worth a visit are the Wilpena Pound Resort inside the national park and the Yourambulla Caves featuring Aboriginal art. Ph: (08) 8648 0004.
HOLY SMOKE (1999 Feature)
Director: Jane Campion Cast: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Sophie Lee, Pam Grier
Synopsis: A young Australian beauty (Winslet) travels to India in search of the exotic and falls in with a guru. Her anxious family hires an American expert (Keitel) to reclaim her, and the pair soon find themselves in the middle of nowhere.
Locations: The dramatic backdrop of the Flinders Ranges around the town of Hawker.
Experience it for yourself: For Hawker details see One Night the Moon.
SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY (1975 Feature)
Director: Ken Hannam
Cast: Jack Thompson, Max Cullen, Robert Bruning, John Ewart, Ken Shorter, Reg Lye
Synopsis: A 1950s tale about itinerant shearers and the friendships, fights and union solidarity that binds them together. The first film produced by the South Australian Film Corporation.
Andamooka Roxby Downs
Director Rolf de Heer on the set of The Tracker
NEW SOUTH WALES
Whyalla Port Pirie
Shadows of the Heart on location
50 degrees Celsius in summer, many of its 4000 residents have dug into the landscape to create unique homes, or dugouts – many of which can be toured by visitors. You’ll also find underground churches, an underground swimming pool and a golf course without a blade of grass. The surrounding Moon Plain and Breakaways Reserve are stunning natural landscapes. Ph: 1800 637 076
RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002 Feature)
Director: Phillip Noyce Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Everlyn Sampi, David Gulpilil
Synopsis: The true story of three Aboriginal girls who made their way 1500km home after being removed from their families.
Locations: The rural property of Nilpena Station, north of Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges, and the nearby salt lake, Lake Torrens. The Moore River Native Settlement was recreated in the Onkaparinga River National Park & Recreation Park in McLaren Vale.
Experience it for yourself: Parachilna, population seven and lying between Lake Torrens to the west and the Flinders Ranges in the east, is home to the award-winning Prairie Hotel, with a reputation Australia-wide for its gourmet Flinders “feral food” and accommodation from backpacker to luxury. Ph: (08) 8648 4844. Onkaparinga River National Park & Recreation Park, only 34km south of Adelaide in McLaren Vale, boasts 50m towering gorges, large permanent rock pools and some of the most scenic views in the State. Phone National Parks & Wildlife SA on (08) 8552 3677
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Kingston SE Robe 8 Experience it for yourself: The 600sqkm Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, about seven hours’ drive north of Adelaide, is a private wilderness and now home to 160 species of bird, the rare yellow-footed rock wallaby and many indigenous plants including the Sturt desert pea. The Sprigg family has owned the property since 1968 and today offers various accommodation, tours, scenic flights and stargazing through the largest privately owned telescope in Australia. Ph: (08) 8648 4848 Naracoorte Coonawarra Penola Beachport Millicent Mount Gambier Port MacDonnell To Melbourne
Location: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in the northern Flinders Ranges.
Port Noarlunga Second Valley Kingscote
Tailem Bend Pinnaroo
ONE NIGHT THE MOON (2001 Short feature)
THE TRACKER (2002 Feature)
Director: Rolf de Heer Cast: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau, Grant Page
Synopsis: An Aboriginal tracker leads three white men (the Fanatic, the Follower and the Civilian) through the Australian Outback in pursuit of a fugitive. Through murder and massacre, order within the party is soon overturned.
Director: Rachel Perkins Cast: Paul Kelly, Kelton Pell, Kaarin Fairfax, Ruby Hunter
Synopsis: A musical drama based on the true story of a young girl who is so entranced by the beauty of the moon that she vanishes while following it. Her father refuses to allow an Aboriginal tracker to assist in the search, and the tracker watches helplessly as the search party stamps her every trace to dust.
Locations: Port Augusta and the Flinders Ranges, near Quorn.
Experience it for yourself: Port Augusta, a major rail hub linking Australia’s east and west, north and south, is rapidly reinventing itself as a tourism destination in its own right. On most itineraries are the Wadlata Outback Centre, with its Flinders Ranges and Outback Interpretive Centre, the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. Nearby Quorn is home to the historic Pichi Richi Railway, one of Australia’s best-known steam train journeys and a good base for nearby attractions including Warren and Buckaringa gorges. Ph: (08) 8642 4511
BREAKER MORANT (1980 Feature)
Director: Bruce Beresford
Cast: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, John Waters, Rod Mullinar
Synopsis: Three Australian soldiers fighting the Boer War in Africa are court martialled and found guilty of murdering civilian prisoners. Based on true incidents surrounding the British Army’s need to find political scapegoats.
Locations: Filmed in and around the Clare Valley town of Burra, including the 1856 Redruth Gaol, and Market Square, with its red-roofed rotunda. The surrounding landscape, cleared of trees for use in Burra’s copper mines and smelters, bears a close resemblance to the South African veldt (or field).
Experience it for yourself: The copper mining heritage town of Burra, two hours north of Adelaide, is home to many stunning buildings, and most can be visited at your leisure when you buy a Passport to Burra from the Burra Visitor Information Centre on Market St. It contains a key to all the historic sites including Redruth Gaol. Ph: (08) 8892 2154
PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (1975 Feature)
Director: Peter Weir
Cast: Rachel Roberts, Dominic Guard, Helen Morse, Jacki Weaver, Anne- Louise Lambert, John Jarrett
Synopsis: Menace strikes a St Valentine’s Day picnic in 1900 when three schoolgirls and a teacher disappear without trace while exploring Hanging Rock.
Locations: The historic mansion Martindale Hall near Mintaro in the Clare Valley was used as the setting for the elite private girls’ school Appleyard College. Other scenes were filmed in Albyn Terrace in the town of Strathalbyn, south of Adelaide.
Experience it for yourself: Visitors can tour or stay overnight at Martindale Hall, a 19th-century Georgian mansion near the historic slate mining town of Mintaro. Open Mon-Fri 11am-4pm and weekends 12pm-4pm. Ph: (08) 8843 9088. Strathalbyn is a charming 19th-century Scottish town 40 minutes’ drive south of Adelaide, complete with village green, ducks on the river, antique shops and a rose garden. Ph: (08) 8536 3212
KISS OR KILL (1997 Feature)
Director: Bill Bennett Cast: Frances O’Connor, Matt Day, Chris Haywood, Barry Otto, Max Cullen
Synopsis: A road movie, in which two lovers and partners in crime flee across the Nullarbor from Adelaide to Perth after a botched robbery scam turns fatal. Trying to keep ahead of their pursuers, everyone they encounter ends up dead.
Locations: South Australia’s west coast and Nullarbor Plain, including the townships of Ceduna and Penong. Other scenes were filmed in Port Augusta and Adelaide.
Shadows of the Heart
In a Savage Land
Experience it for yourself: South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is home to some of the most stunning natural wonders in Australia – here you can swim with sealions and dolphins or watch southern right whales frolicking below towering cliffs. Ceduna also has a thriving oyster industry and each year in October hosts the Oysterfest. Penong is home to a curious collection of windmills, and, with the legendary Cactus surf beach just down the road, Paul Gravelle’s surfboard factory is also worth a visit. Ph: (08) 8625 2780
GALLIPOLI (1981 Feature)
Director: Peter Weir Cast: Mark Lee, Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Bill Kerr, Robert Grubb
Synopsis: A powerful anti-war statement, Gallipoli tells the story of two Australian lads who meet during a foot race, join the Lighthorse regiment and become a part of the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
Locations: The beaches of Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula were used for Anzac Cove, Lake Torrens salt lake represented the West Australian desert and the Flinders Ranges township of Beltana was the backdrop for the central character’s home.
Experience it for yourself: The Eyre Peninsula town of Port Lincoln is a thriving seafood and aquaculture hub and a popular tourism destination, with great surfing, fishing and swimming beaches. It’s a six-hour drive from Adelaide or a one-hour flight away. Ph: 1800 629 911
Beltana is a heritage-listed township, once the base for Reverend John Flynn who established the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Beltana and Lake Torrens can be visited from the Prairie Hotel at Parachilna. Ph: (08) 8648 4844
MCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS (2001-03 Television series)
Cast: Lisa Chappell, Bridie Carter, Jessica Napier, Rachael Carpani, Sonia Todd
Synopsis: The McLeod sisters are reunited after 20 years apart when they inherit a vast cattle property in the Australian bush. With an all female workforce and an abundance of heart and humour, the sisters embark on an extraordinary life at Drovers Run.
Locations: The historic property of Kingsford near Gawler, one hour north of Adelaide, and the surrounding district including the towns of Freeling and Kapunda.
Experience it for yourself: Just an hour’s drive north of Adelaide and the perfect gateway to the world renowned Barossa wine region, Gawler is the oldest country town in South Australia and boasts many grand old buildings. Ph: (08) 8522 6814
SHADOWS OF THE HEART (1990 mini-series)
Director: Rod Hardy
Cast: Josephine Byrnes, Jerome Ehlers, Marcus Graham, Barry Otto, Robyn Nevin
Synopsis: Based on a true story, this mini-series is set on a remote island in the 1920s and follows a self-reliant young doctor struggling with the problems of her practice and the emotional dilemmas caused by the two men who woo her.
Locations: Filmed on location on Kangaroo Island, Milang and Second Valley.
Experience it for yourself: One third of Kangaroo Island (an hour on the ferry from the southern tip of Fleurieu Peninsula or a half-hour flight from Adelaide) is given over to conservation and national parks. At Seal Bay, visitors can walk among a colony of sea lions, while the island also has amazing geological formations, niche farming operations and many animals extinct on the mainland. Ph: (08) 8553 1185
STORM BOY (1977 Feature)
Director: Henri Safran Cast: Greg Rowe, David Gulpilil, Peter Cummins
Synopsis: A young boy, living a lonely existence with his reclusive fisherman father amid the sand dunes on the south coast of South Australia, befriends a pelican before meeting a young Aboriginal who educates him in the ways of nature.
Locations: Coorong National Park along the Younghusband Peninsula and the nearby town of Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Experience it for yourself: Coorong National Park, a complex, 145km tapestry of lagoons, wetlands and sand dunes fronting the Southern Ocean, is one of the world’s great bird sanctuaries, supporting up to 238 bird species. Cruises leave daily from the river port of Goolwa, while you can also learn about the culture of the region’s Ngarrindjeri people at Camp Coorong and the Coorong Wilderness Lodge. Heritage-rich Goolwa, in the nearby region of Fleurieu Peninsula, is Australia’s only registered inland port, and lies near the mouth of Australia’s biggest river, the Murray. Ph: 1800 087 087.
Sunday Too Far Away
One Night the Moon