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The Kattemingga Film Set is at risk of demolition



Save the Kattemingga Film Set!

Kattemingga means “Hill of Trees haunted by Spirits.” Kattemingga suffered a name change by the new owners to Newbury Buddhist Monastery in 2014. It is nestled on 150 acres of rural beauty, surrounded by the majestic Wombat Forest in Victoria, Australia. Kattemingga Film Set flickr photo collections:

The Kattemingga Film Set is at risk of demolition to make way for a reception centre. The Film Set clearly is of historic and emotional significance to many, and worthy of preservation.

In a direct link between the Australian pioneering stories and the American western, in the 1990s a modern-day film ranch was constructed in Australia near the Victorian town of Daylesford two hours from Melbourne, known as Kattemingga. It was used to film an Australian television series based on the iconic Banjo Paterson poem, ‘The Man from Snowy River,’ as opposed to the highly popular movie (Of the same name as the poem) which was filmed on location in the Victorian High Country. Released in Australia as Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Snowy River, the series was subsequently released in the US and UK as Snowy River: The McGregor Saga. The television series concentrated on the adventures of Matt McGregor (Andrew Clarke) and his family, as a successful farmer, set 25 years after the famous ride depicted in the poem and successful movie… the site was constructed in such a way as to be able to transform into a western set, with different aspects of the building having different finishes, such as logs for a Western and paling for Australian settings. Consequently. the set was used to film a prequel series to the legendary US TV series Bonanza (1959-1973), known as Ponderosa (2001-2002). Unfortunately, the terrorist crisis of 9/11 halted all American international filming and the film crew did not return to Australia to continue filming the series. The site is now run down: even though people want to visit and use the site for low-budget films it is not possible due to the condition of the site and related public safety issues. To return it to a usable state would be costly and, according to the owners of Kattemingga, such TV period dramas have gone out of popularity due primarily to the high costs of producing such dramas. However, it is used occasionally by students and independent filmmakers. Completing the western circle from America to Australia via Spain. Kattemingga has been used as a runaway western set for a short movie, Gundown (2004). This homage to the spaghetti western, written and directed by New Zealand based …[1]

If you are concerned to preserve Australia’s cultural history, then make your displeasure known to the Buddhist Society of Victoria supporters of the Newbury Buddhist Monastery, Hepburn Shire Council, and others.

Save the Kattemingga Film Set!


[1] Sue Beeton (2015) Travel, Tourism and the Moving Image

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