The producers of a movie about a US war hero interned in a Japanese POW camp are back in the small community of Werris Creek, in north-western New South Wales.
This time they’re hunting for extras for the film, Unbroken, shot in Australia and directed by Hollywood A-lister Angelina Jolie.
Filming of some scenes is taking place at Werris Creek, with Jolie slipping quietly into town last month to cast an eye over the historic railway station and pub.
Chair of the Quirindi Chamber of Commerce, Lorraine Reilly, says the production company wants names and numbers registered before Sunday.
“No one will be interviewed that just turns up, so it’s important that we get the people registered, they get a phone call and then they can come,” she said.
“We, here, in the country are very keen, we’re very excited, but they did say to me, ‘If you aren’t available on Sunday, they won’t be back,’ but who knows? Who knows what can happen in show business?”
Lorraine Reilly says it’s a tight deadline, but worth it for those who want to be part of a great adventure.
“For tourism alone it’s a wonderful thing we have a movie filmed in our Shire and it’s just the general buzz that it’s put around the town,” she said.
“It’s the excitement for the people and, while it’s the young ones who are very excited, there’s a few of the oldies who’ve put their hand up.”
Ms Reilly says the production company is not letting the grass grow under its feet, giving locals this weekend to register, or miss out.
She says people aren’t expected to have a lot of acting experience.
“The requirement is the person must be [no younger than] 15; male or female, and any age, as long as you are fit and healthy,” Ms Reilly said.
“They are very long days when you’re on the set; very long days and you could be standing around for up to 14 hours a day, so it is important that people are fit and healthy.”