Hooray for Olleywood

What is it about Ballina?

With Burns Point, a current film in production written by local Chris Blackburn, and PJ Hogan (“Muriel’s Wedding”), filming the feature “Mental” in Ballina in 2012, not to mention a slew of other film and TV productions in the region recently, you could be forgiven if locals started referring to the town as “Balliwood”.

And why not?  After all, there’s only so much Big Prawn you can eat, and with the opening of the Margaret Olley Art Centre, already dubbed “Olleywood”, complete with sign, at the Tweed Regional Gallery in Murwillumbah last month, variations on the theme seem to be very appropriate at the moment.

Olleywood sign

Olleywood sign, Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia