Aussie multiples act up

Written by Carissa Mason

Twins and triplets are contributing to Australia’s $6 billion film and television industry, playing roles both on the big screen and on popular television shows. 

Multiples are in high demand, with AMBA regularly asked to send out casting calls via its Facebook page. Freelance casting director Clare Chapman said twins were sought after because they provided double the opportunity to get the right shot. “Babies don’t work to shooting schedules. Having two babies that look the same means that if we need an alert baby, or a smiling baby or a sleeping baby, we can choose the baby that’s in the right mood for the scene without affecting the continuity”, Clare said. She said babies were only allowed to work for a maximum of four hours a day so, for a full day’s shooting, sometimes two sets of twins could be used.

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