Stan series Scrubland puts call out for extras for Augusta film shoot

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Augusta will double for the fictional town of Port Silver in season two of Scrublands.
Camera IconAugusta will double for the fictional town of Port Silver in season two of Scrublands. Credit: Supplied

A Stan TV production set to roll cameras in Augusta later this month has put out a call for extras.

Publicists for season two of Australian crime drama Scrublands were tight-lipped on details, but the Times understands the general casting call could lead to some applicants getting picked for slightly bigger non-speaking roles.

But the production — which will re-imagine Augusta as journalist Martin Scarsden’s home town of Port Silver — is looking for extras for background shots, crowd scenes and individual walk-on shots.

“We are excited to share a gritty and authentic story with audiences that showcases the wonderful city of Augusta,” publicist Emma Thorpe said online.

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“Individuals of all ages, ethnicities and genders are encouraged to join us on set as we are thrilled to include local talent and the Augusta-Margaret River community in the world of these characters.

“No acting experience is required.”

Screenwest and Stan are yet to officially announce Augusta as the chosen locale for filming but local accommodation providers and business leaders have welcomed the production as a much-needed boost for the local economy as the weather turns.

The State Government has supported the production and more announcements are expected in June.

A precis released by Screenwest said Scrublands’ second season would pick up on the action from season one, but with a new investigation.

“Martin Scarsden has returned to his coastal hometown, Port Silver, to set up a new life with partner Mandy Bond,” it said.

“When he arrives to find his childhood friend Jasper brutally murdered and Mandy the prime suspect, Martin makes it his duty to find the real murderer and absolve Mandy.

“In the process, he confronts hidden truths about Port Silver and his own long-buried past.”

Production company Easy Tiger has joined forces with new WA production company Third Act Stories to produce the season in WA with funding from Screenwest, Lotterywest and the WA Regional Screen Fund, which is specifically designed to attract screen projects to regional WA.

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