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Monday, 20 May 2019 06:35 am

Young Hutt actor not allowed to see her debut on the big screen

SeparationMAINJasmine with Danielle Cormack (Left), director Paul Middleditch (Top) and Les Hill (Right).

A YOUNG Hutt actor has made her first movie appearance amongst some of the big names of the cinema world – but she’s not allowed to see herself on screen.

Seven-year-old Jasmine Clout played Lucy in the comedy/drama Separation City, alongside stars like Danielle Cormack (Rude Awakenings), Les Hill (Underbelly) and Rhona Mitra (Boston Legal).

anna_paquin_piano133The movie has adult themes, so Jasmine will have to wait a few years before she is allowed to view it.

She understands why she can’t watch it: “It is rated M, and they use swear words.”

She is not the first young Kiwi actor to miss out on the first showings of a film. Anna Paquin (left: image) was not allowed to see The Piano when it was released because she too was too young.

Jasmine says her friends thought that it was pretty cool that she had been in a movie.

She had acted in TV shows Time Trackers and Sensing Murder before getting her big chance with some of Australasia’s top actors.

separationcity“It was fun working with the actors,” says Jasmine.  “I tried not to laugh in the middle when I was speaking my lines.”

As Lucy, she plays the daughter of Pam (Danielle Cormack) and Simon (Joel Edgerton), two of the main characters in the movie (pictured with Jasmine below).

Their advice for acting was to be natural and funny while on stage.

SeparationMAIN2“One part I had to cry and that was hard.  I also had to fall over, and I wasn’t very good at that.”

Jasmine, a pupil at Tawhai School in Stokes Valley, has had a profile set up with an agency for about two years now, which has led to many auditions and a few roles.

Her mother, Michelle Clout, says the agency is for everyone, but they are big on the kids.

“They have got quite a few children under the talent section.

“They learn lines. They have to learn a bit of a script and then they go through the audition and it is basically whether they switch on the charm at the day.”

Jasmine is a keen dancer in her spare time and hopes to mix both dancing and acting into her future job.

She does ballet and jazz at the Variety Dance Centre and is in a jazz group called Kandy Kids.

“We were in New Zealand’s Got Talent and Chaz, who dances with us, won the competition.”

Jasmine says she does competitions because she enjoys being on stage.

Jasmine has just auditioned for a role in a short film for Tourism New Zealand, which is to be aired at the China Expo promoting New Zealand.

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