Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Sydney miniature

A crew member next to a model of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the set of post-apocalyptic Sydney in some sand dunes. The Opera House and city skyline is also visible.
Title:
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Sydney miniature
NFSA ID:
1072868
Year:
1985
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Perhaps emboldened by the success of the previous two Mad Max films, the Kennedy Miller production team had no qualms about creating an obvious Australian location for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

The final sequences of the film show a flight over the ruins of Sydney, with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House visible clinging to the sides of a dried-up harbour.

These were created in miniature by model coordinator Dennis Nicholson and his crew. This production still captures the extraodinary skill of the set designer and shows one of the crew members putting the final touches to the bridge.

Unfortunately at the end of filming the models were too big to be put into storage and were all destroyed.

Photographer:
Su Armstrong