Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE - Aaron Cor­lett

JESSE McGinn made the tough choice of giv­ing up a fam­ily hol­i­day to Lon­don to take her first lead role in a fea­ture film, but it is pay­ing off.

The for­mer Como res­i­dent’s fam­ily still lives in the area and she de­scribes her­self as a “Perth girl at heart” de­spite mov­ing to Syd­ney at the be­gin­ning of last year.

McGinn is gear­ing up for the world pre­miere of 3rd Night at FrightFest in Lon­don on Au­gust 26.

“I had other mi­nor roles but go­ing for a lead­ing role was a bit daunt­ing,” she said.

“It started with a self-tape and then an au­di­tion two weeks later dur­ing which we talked about pro­duc­tion dates and it looked like film­ing was go­ing to take place dur­ing a trip to Lon­don.

“I told them ‘sorry, I can’t do it’ but then I got a call back and I de­cided to read for it, think­ing I prob­a­bly wasted their time.

“I went back for a third time for a screen test and had to make a de­ci­sion. It wasn’t some­thing I could de­cide overnight be­cause my fam­ily is im­por­tant and it looked as though it would be our last fam­ily hol­i­day to­gether.”

McGinn said she usu­ally hated hor­ror films and de­scribed her­self as a “scaredy cat”.

“The film­ing took place at a huge or­chard in Jar­rah­dale and be­cause most of the scenes were set at night, we filmed be­tween 6am and 6pm,” she said.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. In my down­time I stayed at the or­chards but it was also in­tense be­cause we shot it in five weeks.

“It’s quite fast-paced hor­ror with a bit of gore but the hor­ror comes from know­ing some­thing sin­is­ter is go­ing to hap­pen.

“The plot fol­lows a cou­ple who de­cide to move away from the city to start a fresh life on an or­chard and on the first night their cat goes miss­ing and grad­u­ally their dream life crum­bles.”

For­mer Como res­i­dent Jess McGinn in 3rd Night, which is pre­mier­ing in Lon­don.

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