A group of Australian army veterans are forging new careers in the film and television industry as extras. Shaun Barry's company Extra Specialists helps find veterans work on the screen, often playing the kind of roles they had in real life.
A former soldier himself Shaun now has more than 650 people on the books including former police, firefighters and paramedics. When he was ruled too sick to serve in Afghanistan, he became consumed by guilt, thinking he had let his mates down. To his surprise, he found recovery began when he did a stunt training course and began getting work as an extra and that's when he thought others might like the extras work.