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Dressmaker curtain falls on Wimmera region

SLICE OF FAME: Wimmera extras appearing in The Dressmaker, from left, Zac Price, Kathy Vine, Meredith Shaw, Andrew McKenzie and Dalton Cross, as actors in the background wait for the next take. Pictures: LAUREN HENRY


Regional fans who have followed or been involved in the production of international movie The Dressmaker now have to wait until an October release to see the final product.

And they won’t be alone. Film-makers anticipate selling the movie, one of the biggest all-Australian movie productions in years, for release in more than 30 countries.

Wimmera film production, which has included major shooting days at Jung Recreation Reserve, Longerenong Homestead, Sailors Home Hall and other locations, has wound up with the mobile community of cast and crew leaving a lasting impression.

The Weekly Advertiser was privy to one of the last major shoots in the region, which included wedding-reception scenes on site at Horsham district’s historic Longerenong Homestead.

Under giant pine and fig trees in the homestead garden with the majestic period house bathed in summer sun, cast and crew worked in what appeared to be a type of relaxed but organised chaos.

Crew members, all with specialist roles to play and armed with everything from cameras, lights and props to make-up, stood at the ready before jumping into action. Others busied themselves with untold jobs or seized opportunities to have a breather or drink.

They had the job, under the direction of Jocelyn Moorhouse, to help a star-studded cast together with Wimmera ‘extras’, turn something that appeared anything but real into the believable.

We lost track of the number of times Oscar-winning Kate Winslet, during an obviously tense moment in the movie, dashed into a marquee full of dancing couples dressed to the nines in Marion Boyce costumes to pull fellow actor Hugo Weaving to one side for a concerned chat.

World renowned

Between each take, world-renowned cinematographer Don McAlpine mingled between camera operators and cast, explaining what needed to happen.

It was for a scene lasting a couple minutes in the final movie but as producer Sue Maslin explained it was all about capturing the moment from a variety of directions.

“It’s such a great cast and great crew. They work so quickly and so efficiently,” she said.

The scene also provided fresh appreciation for the patience, concentration and discipline involved in making motion pictures.


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