Welcome Visit to film

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - FILM with Ju­lian Wright

IT has been a year-and-a-half since Pep­per­mint Grove girl Olivia De Jonge (17) filmed her first ma­jor Hol­ly­wood role in The Visit and her head is still spin­ning.

Se­cur­ing the lead role in M. Night Shya­malan’s latest film so early in her ca­reer is the kind of thing Hol­ly­wood dreams are made of and De Jonge is very aware of it.

“It has been a good year-anda-half since we filmed the movie and (win­ning the role) still sur­pris- es me,” she said.

Play­ing young doc­u­men­tary film­maker Re­becca Jami­son, who cap­tures creepy go­ings on dur­ing a visit with her grand­par­ents, meant get­ting to know the tech­nol­ogy she was work­ing with.

The film is footage that her char­ac­ter and her brother Tyler (played by fel­low Aussie Ed Ox­en­bould) cap­ture dur­ing the strange fam­ily re­union.

“I didn’t hold the cam­era ex­cept for the scene un­der the house where they are play­ing,” she said, try­ing not to give too much away.

“I did work closely with our cin­e­matog­ra­pher who was very par­tic­u­lar. I did have to have a les­son about the cam­era my char­ac­ter was us­ing be­cause she is a film prodigy.”

De Jonge said while she was not as cam­era savvy as her char­ac­ter, she did share some sim­i­lar­i­ties.

“(Re­becca) has fam­ily val­ues and wants to see them all to­gether and she also has a younger brother like I do,” she said.

The ac­tress is in her last year at school and said with ex­ams com­ing up it was “stress­ful” at the mo­ment.

“If I get into univer­sity I want to study psy­chol­ogy be­cause that links up to act­ing, with a per­son’s re­ac­tions,” she said.

“But at the mo­ment I would like to fo­cus on my ca­reer.”

The Visit is in cine­mas now.

Olivia De Jonge in The Visit.

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