On set with the cast and crew of the movie 'Mother Mountain' | PHOTOS

The cast and crew of the Mother Mountain movie being filmed locally have wrapped up filming and have moved onto the next stage of production.

The film, written and directed by Celina Stang was filmed around Narooma, Tilba and Bermagui on Yuin Country at the end of last year.

Ms Stang's story tells of one woman's personal struggle, her pain and unexpected friendships that help her heal.

Lead actress Emilie Cocquerel plays the part of Selene who lives at the base of Guluga mountain, where she learns to find comfort from the Mother Mountain.

Selene's husband Dean is played by actor Fayssal Bazzi who recently won best lead actor at the AACTA awards.

As her husband he is confused, yet supports his wife as she navigates through her personal journey to find the answers she is seeking.

Their daughter Shani played by actress Willow Spears and her friend from school, Ren, an Aboriginal young man played by actor Jarrah Finnerman, form a special friendship after a bullying incident at their school.

Ren's family are strong Yuin people that are firm in their culture. His father Jonah is played by actor Damion Hunter and his mother Mary played by actress Angela Penrith, meet Shani and her Jewish family where they begin to realise both families have much in common culturally however differently.

Actress Anne Lambert who is well known for her part in the movie 'Picnic at Hanging Rock' plays the grandmother and actor Pip Miller who is known for his work in movie 'Star Wars - Return of the Jedi' and 'Sliding Doors' plays the grandfather.

Mother Mountain cultural producer and Aboriginal woman is well-known author and film producer Fran Dobbie, of Earthstar Productions, who has long-held family connections with the Yuin people said, there are many parts to the making of a film and it wouldn't have been possible if not for the support, generosity and kindness of the people of Narooma, Tilba and Bermagui.

The cast and crew of the movie Mother Mountain took part in a traditional smoking ceremony the day before filming started.

"It was important to director Celina Stang the cast and crew were welcomed to such scared country," Ms Dobbie said.

The smoking ceremony was performed by Founder of the Gulaga Dancers, Warren Foster Snr, Nicholas Hoskins and Warren Foster Jnr.

"Every single person there went through the smoke and they loved every second of the experience," Ms Dobbie said.

"We would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal people here on country past and present for enabling us to film on this land," she said.

"We would especially like to thank the Wagonga Land Council, Vivienne Mason and her team, along with her granddaughter Ashweeni Mason for appearing in the film with her children as extras.

"A special thank you goes to Warren Foster, Loretta Parsley, Vikki Parsley, Terry Hill, Lynne Thomas and the surrounding LALC for their guidance and consultation.

"We would also like to thank the Gulaga Board for their support and the many locals who were extras giving up their valuable time and showing a lot of patience waiting as scenes can take longer than expected," Ms Dobbie said.

Other community supporters that will be listed in the films credits are: local child actor, Bryce Owens-Roberts; Mystery Bay Cottages, Laurence and Louise for accommodation along with Horizon Apartments and Whale Coast Realty. Chris Scroggy from the Quarterdeck, Narooma Public School principal Paul Sweeney and his staff, Eurobodalla Council, Gulaga Organics Bermagui, Linda and Rocco from the Bermagui Fisherman's Wharf and Bega Valley Council, just to name a few.

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