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Broken Hill
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Directed by Dagen Merrill
Produced by Chris Wyatt
Julie Ryan
Written by Dagen Merrill
Starring Luke Arnold
Alexa Vega
Timothy Hutton
Cinematography Nick Remy Matthews ACS
Studio PorchLight Entertainment
Distributed by Entertainment One
Release date(s) September 11, 2009 (2009-09-11)
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.


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.


  • Luke Arnold as Tommy McAlpine
  • Alexa Vega as Kat Rogers
  • Timothy Hutton as George McAlpine
  • Rhys Wakefield as Scott Price
  • Andy McPhee as Bear
  • The Fishbowl Boys as themselves
  • Klayton Stainer as Watermelon Thief
  • Luke O'Loughlin as Fuzz


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. The Giffoni Film Festival website describes Broken Hill as "halfway between Sister Act and the Italian movie La musica nel Cuore.

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

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