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Budding actress wins horror role

Friday, 4th January, 2013

Jayden Symonds (15) has landed the lead role in a horror movie to be filmed in Broken Hill. Jayden Symonds (15) has landed the lead role in a horror movie to be filmed in Broken Hill.

By Gayle Ball

BH teenager Jayden Symonds has been cast as the lead in a horror movie set to be filmed in Broken Hill later this year.

The 15-year-old will play the big sister “Trudy” in “Kadaitcha Man” which Jayden said is based on the Aboriginal legend of an evil spirit cursing victims to death.

It is the first acting gig for the high school student who said she has always dreamt of a career in front of the camera.

It was a combination of her striking blue eyes and her acting ability, refined during her appearances at Theatre 44 and under the guidance of agency, ProTalent Australia, that saw her win the role.

“This is the first movie I’ll be in so I’m very excited about that,” Jayden said.

“When I got told I got the part I started crying in front of the producer.

“I really want to pursue it. I really want to go far.

“I’m hoping this will be the start of something new.”

Blake Brierty is the producer of “Kadaitcha Man” which will be filmed in and around the city.

Jayden will complete the second half of her year 10 studies by home school to enable her to take on the role, an opportunity she said was too good to pass up.

“I’ve read the script and know my lines. I’m very excited.

“I’ve always had a feeling there’s something here for me.”

Jayden said she wasn’t afraid to sink her teeth into a teen horror movie which has her trying to evade death and protecting her family in the desert.

“I love horror movies, I love blood and gore.”

She said her dad, Bayden Symonds, was proud of her achievement at such a young age.

“He’s really excited for something like this to happen to our family.”

Sloane Howard from ProTalent Australia said in her role as the “mother agent” she had been working extensively with Jayden to refine her skills in front of the camera before a show reel was ready to be shown to casting agents.

“I saw potential in Jayden the moment she walked in my door and thought she was very special,” Ms Howard said.

ProTalent Australia is also looking for an Aboriginal man aged 40 to 50 to play the “Kadaitcha Man” and will be looking for 30 to 50 extras closer to the start of filming.

For information, email: sloane@protalentaustralia.com

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