WIMMERA people have learnt the good, the bad and the ugly of filming a movie while working as extras on the set of The Dressmaker.
While many people auditioned for their places, Murra Warra’s Marj Ward fell into her role as an extra.
She is secretary of the Sailors’ Home Hall at Murra Warra, where some scenes were filmed.
‘‘I didn’t think I’d ever be involved in something like this,’’ she said.
Mrs Ward plays an opposition football team supporter.
Marnoo’s Cindy O’Sullivan also plays a supporter.
Ms O’Sullivan has done theatre before, but has never been involved in a movie.
The extras worked late on Tuesday night, which Ms O’Sullivan said brought about a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
‘‘Hugo Weaving and Kate Winslet were doing a scene together,’’ she said.
‘‘We got to see them talking and working with the director on their scenes.
The celebrity spotting has been a highlight for Ms O’Sullivan.
She said her favourite part was seeing Winslet in a beautiful red dress.
‘‘We got to ogle her in amazement. She was so stunning,’’ she said.
Dadswells Bridge resident Max Green decided to audition for The Dressmaker after seeing a casting call in the Wimmera Mail-Times.
‘‘It was just for fun,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s been fantastic.’’
Horsham’s Tracie Johnson was desperate to be involved in the production.
She read about the film adaption online and emailed the crew, asking if she could be an extra.
After being accepted, she headed to Melbourne for costume fittings and spent this week at work at Jung.
Like many of her fellow extras, she has enjoyed seeing the celebrities at work.
‘‘It’s exciting – there’s an atmosphere about it,’’ she said.