A Little Bit of Hollywood in Oatlands

There was a great deal of excitement in Oatlands during all of May due to the arrival of a film company from Sydney Australia. The name of the company is Causeway Films and the film they were shooting is called “The Nightingale” The film is a period drama set in the year of 1829. A young convict woman is out for revenge for the murder of her family. She travels with an Aboriginal male outcast but she gets more than she bargained for. I wasn’t able to find out a lot about the plot but I was told it could be released around February 2018. The film stars Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman and Ewen Leslie and is written and directed by Jennifer Kent.

The locals were lucky enough to have a chance to wander around and meet some of the cast and crew. I walked my dogs around the set while they were not filming and later returned to take a few photos. They were all very friendly and very nice and I was allowed to get very close to what was going on. People were happy to talk to me and answer questions. Toby and Teddy got lots of fuss made over them which they enjoyed and we had a wonderful time.

The High Street was the location of the film shoot and I was lucky enough to be near the director for some of the time. I got to hear them yell  things like “All quiet on the set” “Rolling” “Action” and “Cut”

The High Street itself looked absolutely amazing. The council brought tons of earth and covered the bitumen and pavement in it. The crew built a mock stone wall and covered the chemist with mock sandstone and it honestly looked so real. You would not have guessed that behind the mock stone was a timber framework. it looked just like the real buildings in the street that really are sandstone. I was a bit sad when it all went back to normal. The chemist is a weatherboard building and they covered that with a mock stone facade. In the film it became the post office. I didn’t even recognise it.

The chemist had to remain open for locals wanting prescriptions so they had to allow them to walk down the street when they were not shooting. They did this at regular intervals so the locals were not too inconvenienced. They were very well organised and considerate I thought. Well now I would like to show you some of the photographs I took over the two days they were filming. Mine are the ones in the slide show below. These first four are by a friend at work who kindly allowed me to use them in this blog.

Photo from the Nightingale set by Denise Smith
Photo from the Nightingale set by Denise Smith


Photo from the Nightingale set by Denise Smith
Photo from the Nightingale set by Denise Smith

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The Making of Nightingale
Causeway Films- https://www.causewayfilms.com.au/about-us
IMDB Cast List – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4068576/
Sam Claifin – http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/movies/upcoming-movies/sam-claflin-filming-the-nightingale-in-tassie-after-crazy-intro-to-oz/news-story/41ec35eb16e3211c956f21478ebf0804


I came to Australia with my mother and sister Vanda in 1966 from the UK aboard the Sitmar liner Castel Felice. We settled in South Australia I lived in the western suburbs of Adelaide for most of my life. I became very interested in retro items in my twenties. It was always a dream of mine to have an old house and fill it with retro items. I have done it twice now. My main interest is collecting old things. They do not have to be valuable, only interesting. There is something reassuring about old retro items. I have all sorts of things including doll related items. My other interests are my beautiful pets, art and going for drives to who knows where. I also enjoy board games or doing a scenic jig saw puzzle on a wintry afternoon by the fire. My goal is to travel a bit more as there are some places I would love to see


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