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Extra special film auditions in Jerilderie

Casting for extras for the film 'The Dressmaker' - which has a connection to the local area - was held in Jerilderie last week.

August 20, 2014 3:00am

Cath Brooks, author Rosalie Ham, Penelope and Jason Brooks, Kate Sleigh, Robyn and Emily Ford and Hannah Ham at the auditions.

Budding actors came from across the region to win a chance to appear in a major feature movie.

Casting for ‘extras’ for the pending film The Dressmaker was held in Jerilderie on Friday and Saturday.

The movie is based on the novel of the same name, written by former Jerilderie resident Rosalie Ham.

It will star Hollywood favourite Kate Winslet, well known for her break-out role in the movie Titanic.

Ms Ham joined casting director Charlotte Seymour for the auditions and said she was happy to be back and testing locals for the numerous roles.

‘‘I’m really excited that my book will become a movie,’’ Ms Ham said.

‘‘It was lucky that Sue Maslin, a producer originally from Deniliquin, picked up my book and decided it should be a movie.

‘‘Sue is known for producing movies such as Japanese Story.

‘‘The movie will be shot around Horsham and is due to be released by October 2015.’’

Ms Ham was born and raised in Jerilderie and attended Finley High School for two years.

The book’s fictional town of Dungatar takes inspiration from the cropping industry and landscape of the Southern Riverina.

The Dressmaker was a best-selling book which follows the story of 1950s femme fatale Tilly Dunnage, who will be played by Winslet.

She returns to her small home town in rural Australia to get revenge on those who did her wrong, with a sewing machine under her arm and haute couture style to die for.

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