Film-makers “saw” something special at Tumbarumba
HYNE TIMBERS’ taste of Hollywood was a wrap when filming of ‘The Daughter’ finished in the Tumbarumba Mill.
Starring Geoffrey Rush and Miranda Otto, the moviemakers not only selected the Hyne Timber mill as one of their filming locations, but also employed 25 Hyne Timber staff as ‘extras’.
Hyne Timber Manufacturing Manager Chris SkeelsPiggins described the experience as a career highlight and an exciting opportunity for the mill and Tumbarumba,
“The film makers wanted a sawmill for some of their scenes, ideally set upon a scenic backdrop in country New South Wales.
“While initially, we couldn’t think of anything worse than accommodating a film crew in an active mill, the opportunity for Hyne Timber to support a project bringing all these people to the town of Tumbarumba far outweighed any challenges.
“The crew were great to work with and it didn’t disrupt operations at all. We opened the mill especially on a Saturday with our trained Hyne staff employed as extras. This meant all health, safety and environmental requirements were met while our employees joined in the film-making fun.
“The Director decides how much of what they filmed at Hyne Timber will make the final cut but hopefully the beauty of the area at the very least will be well represented and on show to the world.
“Meeting Geoffrey Rush isn’t something you get to do every day. My only regret is that I didn’t get to meet Miranda Otto,” Chris said.
Bruce Wright, Site Services Manager at the Tumbarumba Mill, assisted with the recruitment of the extras and coordination of the film crew,
“The whole crew including the directors and the stars were great to work with. Nothing was too much trouble from managing security at the gatehouse to getting all the shots done.
“All our staff employed as extras described the experience as a great day out.”
“It always helps popularity when fantastic food is provided from their catering van too!” Bruce said.
While little is known about the movie ‘The Daughter’ at this early stage of production, it is a family drama written and directed by Simon Stone inspired by Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen’s ‘The Wild Duck’ (1884).
The scenic beauty around the mill.
Manufacturing Manager Chris Skeels-Piggins and Geoffrey Rush.
Film crew at work.