Renegade after villain and other cast

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Wiebbe Hayes is regarded as the hero of the Batavia mutiny of 1629.
Camera IconWiebbe Hayes is regarded as the hero of the Batavia mutiny of 1629. Credit: Supplied, Adam Poulsen

An independent production company in Geraldton has started searching for cast and crew for a feature-length movie about the dramatic tale of the 1629 shipwreck of the Batavia off the Geraldton coast.

The film, produced by Renegade Studios, will explore the events that unfolded after the Dutch East India Company ship crashed into the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and the violent mutiny which followed, leading to the massacre of 110 men, women and children.

At the heart of the movie is the conflict between the ship’s under merchant Jeronimus Cornelisz — the third most-important person aboard — and Wiebbe Hayes, often regarded as the hero of the story.

Renegade Studios is seeking expressions of interest from experienced actors for eight key roles, which include the villain Cornelisz.

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The production company is also chasing crew members for other roles, including director, producer and camera operator.

According to its Facebook page, securing cast and crew will allow Renegade Studios to pursue funding from the Government and private sector.

Although the project is currently unpaid, the studio has confirmed cast and crew will be paid at the industry rate.

With most of the filming occurring in Geraldton, founder Renier Beukes said the Batavia film was a golden opportunity to showcase the coastal city and the talented people in the region.

Applications for cast or crew can be made at starnow.com or by emailing contact@renegadestudios.site.

For more information visit Renegade Studios’ Facebook page.

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