Stakes are high for debut film

FOR Griffith's Kate Fitzpatrick, working on her debut feature film is a dream come true.

Ms Fitzpatrick has teamed up with Leeton's Ken Hammond to produce Stakes a film which centres on the 17-year-old character, Bridget, who inherits a horse company from her father after he was murdered.

"Honestly, it's a dream come true," Ms Fitzpatrick said.

"Coming from the country, there are not many opportunities to exercise your creative talents you have to go to the city.

"Producing this film is my chance to give something back to the town I grew up in."

The Stakes script has undergone three revisions, but the duo are now ready to kick-start casting on the project and they want local talent.

Ms Fitzpatrick is hopeful Griffith residents will seize the opportunity to lauch their careers in front of the camera after locals worked as extras in the film Backyard Ashes, which was recently launched in Wagga.

"Griffith is a very creative community in itself," Ms Fitzpatrick said. "There is lots of talent coming from this town."

Mr Hammond added: "The film is currently in pre-production and we are looking for local residents to fill a number of roles".

"You don't need to be a trained professional, you just have to be right for the part."

Casting has now started and will continue until the end of December, with a variety of different roles waiting to be filled by those who wish to have a go at acting for the big screen.

For those who are interested, getting involved is simple. All you need to do is email the Stakes crew at stakesthe movie@live.com.au or head to the Facebook page www.facebook.com/StakesMovie.

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