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Camelot has become an ideal location for drama series on the Australian small screen and now the iconic house has attracted an international production.
A new feature film – Sunkesari – by Nepalese director Arpan Thapa was shot at Kirkham’s historic mansion in September.
The Australian and Nepalese cast worked alongside western Sydney crew to produce the horror film.
Director of photography Rah Sharma said the film follows guests who stay at the romantic castle but all is not what it seems as they discover the secrets that haunt the building.
Mr Sharma said the house took on a character of its own.
“We used lighting and smoke to create a scary mood at Camelot,” he said.
“One scene allowed us to create fake lightning, using a high powered light, on the side of the building.
“We also added fog and rain.”
Mr Sharma’s favourite scene is when a husband comes into the house and finds his wife having an affair.
“Then there is a massacre and he kills everyone,” he said.
“Our stunt co-ordinator George Saliba was a great. He made cast members hang, fly, crawl and get dragged.”
Camelot is believed former owner James White and his wife, who died in 1890 and 1897.
Another owner William Anderson committed suicide in 1912 and his wife Frances Faithfull died in 1948.
Mr Sharma said he did not believe in ghosts or the supernatural but after working in the house on a horror movie, he believed there was a physical presence on set.
“I believe there is an energy out there and that we can’t see everything,” he said.
“Looking at a camera of possessed woman’s eyes during a night time shoot gave me nightmares.
“There were some strange encounters.
“While I was shooting the possessed scene, I felt a flick on the ear. We also heard the door bell ring and saw lights turn on and off without explanation.”
Mr Sharma said he enjoyed working alongside the international cast and crew.
“It was great to see two cultures combine,” he said.
Mr Sharma often works on movies with other western Sydney film and was pleased to shoot Sunkesari at Camelot.
He has a marketing background but moved into film making two years ago.
“I have all these ideas in my mind and I love bringing those pictures to the audience to tell a story,” he said.
“I was lucky to be able to change things on set and talk to the director about what I thought worked.”
Mr Sharma has produced short films, web series, commercials and feature films.
Sunkesari is now in post production and will be released next year. The trailer for the film will be out later this year.
Several well-known productions have filmed at the mansion including television show A Place to Call Home and films The Daughter and Australia.
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