Actor ready to ride in a western

Jentina Thiangthae is ready to get dirty in outback when production begins on Western Australia's first Western feature film The Decadent and Depraved in August.
Jentina Thiangthae is ready to get dirty in outback when production begins on Western Australia's first Western feature film The Decadent and Depraved in August.

Bunbury’s acting talent in on display yet again as the latest young star has been plucked from the town to appear in an Australian western feature film.

Following in the footsteps of names like Courtney Eaton, Bunbury’s Jentina Thiangthae has been cast in the production The Decadent and Depraved.

Jentina will act alongside ex-Bunbury resident Kelly Hammond who is also producing.

Ms Hammond said casting the role was a struggle from the get-go but Jentina turned out to be the perfect choice.

“We needed an actor who is strikingly beautiful and of Asian appearance,” she said.

“After sometime searching through talent agencies we hadn’t found the person we really wanted.

“Then I remembered Jentina as a student I taught at Manea, and I new she would work.”

Ms Thiangthae said while she’s appeared in some television commercials this was her biggest production to date.

“I’ve always been into acting but this will definitely be a new experience for me and if I like it I might pursue it a bit more,” she said.

“Originally I thought I kind of messed up the audition but I play the part of Gen, a slave who is silent, a bit of a mute so I have to communicate my lines through body language and my eyes, which is a challenge.”

But the challenge of a silent role isn’t the only obstacle Ms Thiangthae has had to face in preparation for the upcoming production.

“I have to ride a horse in the movie,” she said.

“I don’t know how to ride a horse so I’ve been getting lessons but mostly I’m a little bit scared of horses but it’s been great fun so I’m not worried.”

The Decadent and Depraved follows the story of a convicted murderer with a bounty on his head who is being transported to pay for his crimes by Captain Jack Dalton.

Both men must survive the harsh terrain of the Western Australian outback while fending off attacks from corrupt but powerful men.

Jentina will be working with a talented cast led by Logie-nominated Perth actor, Ben Mortley and A Country Practice star, Michael Muntz, The Decadent and Depraved will be the first western feature film shot in Western Australia.

Filming is set to begin in August at Leonora.