Busselton stars happy at home
Actors Emma Booth and Sean Keenan in Busselton.

She received acclaim for her role in Clubland and as Kim Hollingsworth in Underbelly.

He is best known for playing the lead in the children's television series Lockie Leonard.

But WA actors Emma Booth and Sean Keenan are happy to star as themselves at this year's CinefestOz.

Neither Booth, 30, nor Keenan, 19, has a film screening at the Busselton festival but it has not stopped the pair returning to their hometown for the event, now in its fifth year.

"It's just all about supporting Australia and supporting WA and that's something I will always do," Booth said after flying from Los Angeles via Sydney to attend the festival.

Posing for photos with her Cloudstreet co-star Keenan in front of the iconic Busselton Jetty, Booth, who has just wrapped up her first major Hollywood film Parker, starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, joked that she hoped she was not going to be labelled a diva for turning down our photographer's request she take her boots off for the shot.

"I've still got my bed socks on," laughed the actress, who later swapped her casual threads in favour of a little black dress for the gala premiere of the Australian film 33 Postcards and French feature The Intouchables.

Sydney-based Keenan, who is starring in the Channel Ten TV series Puberty Blues and features in the CinefestOz posters as festival mascot The Trickster, said he too was happy to be home for the first time in almost a year.

"In my lifetime I have seen the whole town change," Keenan said. "Cinefest is great for Busselton. Every town needs some culture."

CinefestOz is fast becoming a star-studded event with acting heavyweights Bryan Brown and David Wenham due in Busselton tomorrow ahead of a directors' lunch at Aravina Estate and Saturday night's gala premiere of the Australian comedy Save Your Legs.

CinefestOz opened yesterday and runs until Sunday.

The West Australian

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