Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - TANYA MACNAUGHTON

PRE­PAR­ING to play Spar­row McGee in new Aus­tralian film Spin Out was not as chal­leng­ing as some of Travis Jef­fery’s pre­vi­ous roles.

“Some­times you just get an in­stinc­tual feel of what they’re go­ing to be like and read­ing the script that Tim Fer­gu­son and Ed­wina Ex­ton had writ­ten, it was so clear who he was,” the 2012 WAAPA grad­u­ate said.

“He’s very naive and has a heart of gold, so I think that’s what re­ally drew me to the role.

“Spar­row is re­ally dif­fer­ent from all the stuff I’ve done be­fore.”

This in­cludes the 27-yearold’s work on An­gelina Jolie’s Un­bro­ken, tele­vi­sion minis­eries Gal­lipoli and Pi­rates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, due for re­lease next year and in which he plays a naval of­fi­cer.

Jef­fery, who lives in Syd­ney, was in Perth for CinefestOZ 2016, with Spin Out one of four fi­nal­ists up for the $100,000 Film Prize.

The film will open in cin­e­mas Septem­ber 15, where au­di­ences will get to see one ac­tion-packed night set at a tra­di­tional coun­try town ri­tual: the Bach­e­lors and Spin­sters Ball.

The may­hem pro­vides an ideal back­drop for the cen­tral sto­ry­line fol­low­ing best friends Billy and Lucy, who fight after Billy per­forms a dan­ger­ous car stunt and Lucy de­clares she is mov­ing to the city.

“I grew up an hour and a half out of Mel­bourne on a farm in Healesville in the Yarra Val­ley, so I could re­ally re­late to a lot of stuff go­ing on in the script,” Jef­fery said.

“Al­though the only real B and S Ball I’ve been to was when we went to shoot some of the clips for the film cred­its.”

Jef­fery was joined on set by ac­tors Xavier Sa­muel, Mor­gan Grif­fin, Lin­coln Lewis, Christie Whe­lan Browne and Melissa Ber­g­land.

How­ever, it was Fer­gu­son and co-di­rec­tor Marc Gra­cie who were re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the “awe­some film­ing en­vi­ron­ment”.

“It was great work­ing with peo­ple you’ve looked up to for so long,” Jef­fery said.

“Tim is a comedic ge­nius, so you knew you were in good hands.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d458383

Travis Jef­fery will fea­ture in the film Spin Out.

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