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Greta: Less film means more theatre

Greta Scacchi has revealed she doesn't mind too much that her film offers have dried up a bit, because it gives her the chance to do more theatre.

The 54-year-old Italian-Australian star said she gets offered fewer movies these days as older actresses are "not desirable any more" but instead she has had the opportunity to take on some dream theatre parts.

Asked why she is more often seen on stage than in English language films, Greta said: "Well, I spent the first 15 years of my career hankering to get opportunities in theatre, and I was being bombarded with film offers and no theatre offers.

"Then I spent the next 15 years having success, finally breaking into theatre, and the film roles relatively dried up, particularly in the last 10 years, because they just don't know what to do with actresses of my age - especially if we have a reputation for being glamorous and desirable.

"Suddenly, by your mid-40s, you're not desirable any more. Actually, it probably started in my late-30s, so I can't complain, because I always wanted theatre work, and that's going very well."

One of the star's recent projects is The Last Impresario, a documentary about prolific British theatre impresario and film producer Michael White, directed by Greta's daughter's friend Gracie Otto.

She will also star in a movie called The Falling which she explained is "based on the true stories of teenage girls; pubescent girls who have mass hysteria, desire to commit suicide or sexual fantasies and fainting epidemics in a school in the Sixties".

Greta revealed the film gave her the chance to play someone less than glamorous, which she enjoyed.

She said: "They (the teenagers) were the leads, and then there were a few of us older actors playing the hideous staff members in this girls' school - I was the most hideous of all. I played the dreaded history teacher; a monster.

"And I liked playing that. I like having gotten to an age where I can let it all hang out and play character roles."

:: The Last Impresario is released on Friday, September 26.

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