Starring role for landmark

Long-time York residents Peta and Alan Hucker as extras.
Long-time York residents Peta and Alan Hucker as extras.

Directed by Tony Williams, written by Graeme Rattigan and produced by Nate Strider-Knight, The Fenian is the true story of six Irish Fenian prisoners and their daring escape from Fremantle Prison in 1876.

Faversham House manager Nola Bliss said she was contacted by the film-makers several months ago to use the location for filming the show reels.

‘They took the house for the week and filmed about four scenes, and then they show the scenes in Perth for potential investors,’ Mrs Bliss said.

‘I was absolutely delighted when they contacted me. I am such a film buff, so I wanted to support the local film industry.

‘They were such a lovely crew, it felt like we were all family by the end of it.’

Some lucky York locals got to be part of the experience and dress up in period costumes when a number of extras weren’t able to show up for filming.

Mrs Bliss said the crew promised to return to York for more filming if the movie went ahead.

‘They are seeking funding, so we are hoping some York farmers might put their hand up to support the film,’ Mrs Bliss said.

‘York would be given credit, which would be marvellous.

‘It is great exposure for the town and the local community.’

Filming continued for the show reel at Fremantle Prison this week.

The Fenian‘s Facebook page said: ‘The Fenian would like to sincerely thank everyone at Faversham House, York, for their kind and generous hospitality whilst we were filming there.’

For details, visit the film’s website at http://thefenian.com.au.