Interview: Australian director Amanda Jane Simon Fitzjohn November 17, 2011 Features, Interviews 2817 Written by Emily Ansell Australian film maker Amanda Jane came to Londonâ€™s Piccadilly Circus for her new movieâ€™s European Premiere recently and to talk to Brits about film making down under. Told from the perspective of a dysfunctional family, The Wedding Party is a comedy-drama about the struggles of adult relationships. The movie tells the tale of Steve (Josh Lawson) who marries a Russian woman for a cash sum to save him self from financial ruin but, after his family find out, he finds himself at the centre of unavoidable chaos. Jane said: â€œThe real joy was all the different characters and their relationships in the family. â€œI was always obsessed with the ensemble film drama.â€ The ensemble feel is created by Steveâ€™s unfaithful dad, his sexually frustrated brother whose wife is struggling with his fetishes and his sister who is having trouble with her gynaecologist. â€œIt was a challenge to balance all the characterâ€™s stories and give each of them room to breathe. â€œI wanted to capture sexuality within a family and how it affects everyone in that family unit,â€ Jane added. She acknowledged that many Brits think of Australian cinema as quirky and alternative but her comedy plot is much more main stream. She said: â€œI wasnâ€™t aware when making it but I think there is an American sensibility to the movie. â€œIâ€™ve had a lot of feedback that itâ€™s American and not your ordinary, quirky Australian film. I just did what I felt it should be â€“ Iâ€™ll let you decide.â€ Jane believes Australian individuality is brought to the movie by the portrayal of the characters and the storyâ€™s conclusion. â€œI hoped not to have larger than life caricatures. I tried to focus on the performance being more raw and realistic.â€ The filmâ€™s ending does not tie up the charactersâ€™ difficulties and the viewer does not know what will happen to them. â€œI donâ€™t think everything is tied up in life so I tried not to tie up the end too much. It is up to you what you think happened to each character,â€ Jane explained. Jane revealed that as an Australian independent film maker you have to make some sacrifices. â€œI was going to have it snowing at the end but it hardly ever does here and I couldnâ€™t afford the fake snow.â€ She also confessed she found some sneaky ways of cutting financial corners when it came to casting. â€œWe didnâ€™t have much to pay the actors. A lot of the extras were my family and I wrote a sort of love letter to Josh Lawson saying weâ€™d written the character for him. Other actors knew him and wanted to be a part of the movie because he was.â€ Jane is currently developing another feature film while continuing to promote The Wedding Party with plans to release it in Australia next year.