Anna Karenina extras “scandal”

Leo TolstoyI got back last night from the second round of filming the mowing scenes for Anna Karenina by Tolstoy. While we were away somebody told us about that the filming had made the papers because of extras being supposedly underpaid. Read the article in the Independent here.

Well, I can understand that there should be a minimum  wage for this kind of work the same as anything else but, to be honest I can’t imagine who of our group would have complained. Everyone I spoke with agreed that it was great fun and the pay was a bonus for the chance to mow together in a huge team of scythers. A lot of the time we just hung around in our false beards or peasant dresses soaking up the sun and atmosphere.

All the production team were helpful and friendly, and patient with our inexperience of the film industry and constant early-morning peening. Getting paid to hang out with friends, have a laugh and dress up as Russian peasants? No complaints here.

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About Steve Tomlin

I am a greenwood worker and scythe tutor. I carve spoons, bowls and other products from locally sourced greenwood. During the summer I teach scything around the UK.
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2 Responses to Anna Karenina extras “scandal”

  1. christianelechner says:

    Thank you for straightening that we weren’t complaining. I as a female scyther can add how interesting and fantastic it was to be in the process of making this film. Watching the men mow in the big group made me stop in amazement once in a while – even though i had to spread the grass after them, it was too beautiful not to just stop for a while.

  2. Alex says:

    I was many days taking part of this great movie production, and every time I had to wake up really early in the morning to get on the bus, I was excited every single time and went with pleasure and looking forward: “what scene are we going to play today?” And of course food was brilliant, thank you chefs, and personnel nice, even with lack of time!

    In total: I got really nice experience!

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