FLOOD OF OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES

The Advocate (Perth) - - WHAT'S ON PLANNER - Ju­lian Wright

FOR ac­tor Sara West, when it rains, it pours.

While wait­ing for the re­lease this month of her film Bad Girl, which was shot in the Swan Val­ley, Kala­munda and Ser­pen­tine in 2015, West has been busy­ing her­self with an­other movie and a tele­vi­sion se­ries in New Zealand.

“It has been a bit of a ner­vous wait for this movie to come out, but I have been film­ing other things in the mean­time,” she said.

“All of a sud­den ev­ery­thing comes out at once.”

In the psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller Bad Girl, West por­trays angsty teenager Amy, whose re­bel­lious be­hav­iour prompts her fam­ily to move her to a small, iso­lated town.

Amy soon be­friends mys­te­ri­ous lo­cal girl Chloe (Sa­mara Weav­ing), who may not be who she says she is.

West said that with such a short­age of fe­male-cen­tric projects, she was drawn to Bad Girl, which had two fe­male lead roles.

“I am drawn to any­thing with two fe­male leads, I don’t care what genre it is,” she said.

“In Aus­tralia there isn’t a lot go­ing around like that. I au­di­tioned for both roles be­fore we fig­ured out how I would fit in terms of char­ac­ters.”

West said she iden­ti­fied with Amy.

“I had an amaz­ing, sup­port­ive fam­ily but that is not al­ways what you are af­ter when you are an angsty teen,” she said.

The 21-day shoot was not her first time on the west coast.

“I had been there be­fore on hol­i­day with fam­ily, and af­ter the shoot I was able to come back down to Mar­garet River for Cine­fest,” she said.

Rem­i­nisc­ing about por­tray­ing Hol­ly­wood roy­alty Liza Min­nelli in Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, West said she still laughed about the op­por­tu­nity.

“I still don’t know how that happened,” she said. “I was of­fered the role and I said I can’t sing or dance and I’m not half Ital­ian...but I had a good crack at it.

“I’d love to play Eminem in a bio film, if any­one is will­ing to give me a shot; I mean Cate Blanchett played Bob Dy­lan in I’m Not There.”

Bad Girl screens at Luna Palace Cin­e­mas from April 27 with a Q&A with writer/di­rec­tor Fin Edquist on Fri­day, April 28, at Luna Leed­erville.

South Aus­tralian ac­tor Sara West in Bad Girl.

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