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SBS have posted a very interesting article where Claire discusses a number of her projects. One of those projects she discusses is Singularity, in which she was meant to play a character by the name of Alie. However, Claire dropped out of the project and since then the film’s production company went into liquidation and as a result the film was never completed.
More information has also been revealed about Claire’s character in The 34th Battalion, Simone. Simone isa French woman who meets four young Aussies from Maitland in rural NSW who joined the Army after the disastrous Gallipoli campaign.
This article is a facinating read!
Claire puts the accent on variety
Don Groves, SBS Film, 26th November 2012
The US-based actress delights in playing diverse roles, nowadays rarely as an Australian.
Claire van der Boom relishes the chance to play multiple nationalities, a handy skill for the Australian actress who impersonated a Greek girl in the WWII miniseries The Pacific, an uppity Pom in TV’s Hawaii Five-0 and, in September, a tortured Los Angelino on Broadway in Sam Shepard’s play Heartless.
In the past month she has auditioned for two US films, as a Russian and as a Ukrainian, and in Sydney last week she tested for the role of a German woman in an Aussie movie. Early next year she’ll play a French character in the Australian WWI film The 34th Battalion.
“I love accents; they help to separate the character from yourself,” the NIDA graduate, who has been based in Los Angeles since the end of 2009, tells SBS Film. “There’s so much access now on the internet to accent websites or to listen to people with accents on YouTube. And I always go to see a dialect coach to nut it out phonetically because I’m a perfectionist with that stuff. I’m terrified of someone who is French picking up that I’m not French.”
Ian Sparke, the executive producer of The 34th Battalion, cast Claire after working with her in The Pacific and Sisters of War. Sparke has written the screenplay about the Australian Army unit which fought fierce battles against the Germans in France with his son Luke Sparke, who will make his directing debut.
Claire will play a woman named Simone who meets four young Aussies from Maitland in rural NSW who joined the Army after the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. The ensemble cast includes another US-based Aussie actress, Emilie de Ravin (Lost, Once Upon a Time), Luke Hemsworth, Charles Mesure, Les Hill, Nick Farnell, Henry Nixon, Andrew Lees, Vince Colosimo, Ashley Zuckerman, Tony Bonner and Khan Chittenden.
The actress has appeared in the Australian movies Red Hill and The Square and the TV series City Homicide, Underbelly, Rush, and Love My Way.
Director Roland Joffé offered her a role in Singularity, an Australian-UK co-production that was to star Josh Hartnett, Bipasha Basu and Neve Campbell in a romance spanning two continents and three centuries. She was supposed to play a diver in the contemporary section of the film but dropped out, which may have been a blessing in disguise because the production company went into liquidation and the film was never completed. “There was not a lot of communication,” she says. “I had the role but they moved the second part of the filming to London and I don’t know if they shot any of that.”
She did enjoy the audition when the director asked her to ignore the script and improvise, evidently to test her emotional responses.
To read the rest of the article, please go to SBS Film.