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One of two South Australian movies filmed in South Australia featuring singer-actress Kylie Minogue. The pictures are Cut (2000) and Sample People (2000). Both titles debuted in the year 2000 and were both shot around the same time.
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Though set in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia, the film was shot in another Australian state, in Adelaide, South Australia.
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by director Clinton Smith.
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The movie's budget was initially only about [Australian] $60,000.
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Debut produced screenplay for a theatrical feature film written by screenwriter Clinton Smith.
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Before principal photography, legend has it just one day before, the budget of the movie was enlarged, with increased financing sought, and production halted until this went through.
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The meaning and relevance of the movie's 'Sample People' title is that "it's a sample of people sampling their reality" according to the film's writer-director Clinton Smith.
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Initially, producer Emile Sherman wanted actor Ben Mendelsohn to play the character of Andy who in the end was portrayed by actor Simon Lyndon. Writer-director Clinton Smith said: "But he always gets blokey roles so I wanted to cast him against type and he just fell in love with this camp goth, glam punk character."
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Actress Kylie Minogue and actor Ben Mendelsohn had both previously worked on two Australian television series, 'Neighbours' and 'The Henderson Kids', as well as the Australian TV mini-series 'Fame and Misfortune'.
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The picture's writer-director Clinton Smith called this movie "anti-soap" and said "it's 'Short Cuts' (1993) on speed, because it's a reaction to TV soapies with its anti-hero who's both good and bad. In fact all the characters are good and bad."
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The movie's screenplay was work-shopped with the director and cast for more than a year. Writer-director Clinton Smith said: "We'd break into groups and workshop with the actors and change the script to suit. Then we'd do physical things, almost chronologically, and we did final blocking almost like theatre."
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Of the movie's star, Kylie Minogue, writer-director Clinton Smith said: "She's so professional and really lovely and normal and just nice. You hear how big stars are often consummate professionals, and she's like that. Not at all demanding and ready to take direction."
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The film's soundtrack peaked at the No. #38 rank stayed there for one week in the 14/05/2000 chart from the all-time Australian Soundtrack charts.
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After principal photography began, writer-director Clinton Smith was "getting as many as thirty set ups in a day. [It] gave the editor and continuity a nightmare, though", Smith said.
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Though filmed in Adelaide, South Australia and set in Sydney, New South Wales some of the exteriors such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge were still filmed in Sydney.
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