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Excitement builds for Wimmera film extras

IN THE BACKGROUND: Producer Sue Maslin chats with Rachel McGennisken who was among people who tried out in Horsham as extras for the film The Dressmaker, being filmed in the region in November. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

An overwhelming response for regional ‘extras’ for an international movie being filmed in the Wimmera has prompted film-makers to plan extra casting days.

Producer Sue Maslin said there had been more than 100 calls a day from people keen to appear in background scenes of the movie The Dressmaker.

“The response has surpassed anything we imagined. Word has certainly got out,” she said.

Ms Maslin joined casting staff at Horsham CWA Hall earlier this week as they measured up a variety of people who responded to the call.

“It’s quite unusual for casting to occur in country towns but this movie is a country story and we are committed to coming to the area to get the kind of faces you get in the country,” she said.

The Dressmaker, written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, based on a Rosalie Ham novel, and due for release in October 1 next year, will feature an international cast including Kate Winslet, Judy Davis and Liam Hemsworth.

Five years in the making, The Dressmaker is a bitter-sweet comedy based in the imaginary country town of Dungatar in the early 1950s where a glamorous young woman returns home and starts to transform the other women of the town.

Ms Maslin said the film was likely to feature snippets of various Wimmera locations, depending on the situation.

“There will be no one town in particular and all will be within 30 to 40 minutes’ drive of Horsham,” she said.

“We’re building a set for the main street but we will be filming silos, railway stations and pubs.

“We have a wedding, a country dance and a football match. We’re going to be talking to as many people we can to narrow down the ones to appear in scenes.

“We’re also looking for everything from old cars to early signs from the period.”

Ms Maslin said the film required extras aged from 12 to 90 but was particularly looking for ‘country blokes’.


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Posted on Aug 27 2014

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