Filming Mother Mountain movie at Narooma School | PHOTOS

A little more than two weeks after the cast and crew of the movie 'Mother Mountain' took part in an indigenous smoking ceremony at Mystery Bay, filming is well underway.

"We started filming the day after the smoking ceremony and it's been quite hectic since then," Mother Mountain producer and cultural advisor Fran Dobbie said.

The 'Mother Mountain' cast and crew spent the first week filming inside and outside scenes at Blue Hills farm near Mother Guluga with filming also taking place at the film character 'Ren's' home.

On Friday evening the action moved to Narooma Public School where filming started for the school scenes using local school students as extras.

"It takes a long time filming the classroom scenes, playground scenes and children arriving at school," Ms Dobbie said.

"The number of extras we've had varied on the days but we generally had about 17 to 20 children come along with their parents or guardians, some of the parents on Friday were in as extras too.

"It was great to have so much involvement and the children got to see their parents involved as well.

"When the kids found out they get their names on the credits, they were very excited, it was really good," she said.

Ms Dobbie went on to say that Narooma Public School principal Paul Sweeney and his staff had been absolutely wonderful, obliging and helpful.

"There are so many elements and layers in production that when people are helpful everything flows more easily," Ms Dobbie said.

For some of the extras mums, Saturday was a long day. Roanna Pepper travelled from Bega early on Saturday morning so that her daughter Jade, 13 and her friend Gypsy Malseed 12, could be extras in the movie.

"I heard about the movie crew looking for extras through word of mouth and so we applied and were accepted.

"We were up at six, threw a few required items in the car and it was off to Narooma," Ms Pepper said.

Ms Dobbie said that the community had been wonderful and very accepting.

"I'm and Aboriginal woman, a Yuin woman and I have been spending a lot of time in the community talking to various people and having a yarn Guluga Board members.

"The important thing about this film is it is a story and because it is 'here' and the story is about Aboriginal and Jewish people it is really important that the context and the dialogue is correct.

"Two cultures are identified, certain elements spoken about with aspects of spirituality that all people regardless of creed and religion have.

"It is really important to me to get it right so I have been doing a lot of community engagement and liaising with the people. All cultures have different ways and it is important to share the knowledge correctly.

"This story will touch people all over the world that we won't even know about," Ms Dobbie said.


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