Extras wanted for movie roles

Alan Dukes

Alan Dukes

Local talent wanted: The award winning filmmakers behind the recent Australian film Broke want would-be actors, hopefuls or just plain enthusiasts to fill a range of roles in their new film, Book Week.

There are lots of juicy support roles, especially for kids, as the movie is predominantly set in a high school.

The filmmakers are inviting locals with and without acting experience but plenty of passion to get involved. 

After spending the past year engaging locals in fundraising and development initiatives, production will now take place across the Mountains from mid January until mid February. 

The movie will feature many local creatives, businesses and residents in front and behind the camera working alongside some of Australian best film and theatre talent including Al Dukes, Susan Prior, Steve Bastoni, Kahn Chittendan, Joelene Anderson, Maya Stange, Pippa Grandison, Andy Ryan and Eamon Farren as well as hot newcomers Rose Riley and Airlie Dodds. 

Other prominent local-based actors will also lend their talents, including Tiriel Mora.

Glenbrook director Heath Davis said one of the main ambitions of the project is to showcase the local area and its talented residents to the world. 

Movies film here from time to time but never really invite the community into the process, he said. 

“This will be a film made by the people for the people. Not a postcard. An authentic slice of life what it's like to live here.”

The film will also send a social message with partners Dymocks Children's Books looking to raise money and improve books at local libraries in disadvantaged schools.

“I’m so excited to show off the area,” said Davis. “Making a film is such a collaborative experience. Gladstone where we filmed Broke now has a film festival and film school. We want to do that here ideally.”

The open casting call and auditions will be on December 16 at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre. Interested kids and adults can apply to bookweekcast@gmail.com re: Open Audition. Or just turn up and say ‘I want to be involved’.

“You never know where a film ends up, but we want to ensure the experience is special for the area,” said Davis.

Book Week: Some of the cast and characters of the film, which includes Alan Dukes (Last Cab to Darwin, Beneath Hill 60) as English teacher Nicholas Cutler.

Book Week: Some of the cast and characters of the film, which includes Alan Dukes (Last Cab to Darwin, Beneath Hill 60) as English teacher Nicholas Cutler.