HORROR OF A DECISION
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.