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Hunger Games actress at Sydney exhibition

AAP logoAAP 10/12/2016 Danielle McGrane

Actress Stef Dawson is coming home to Australia to launch an exhibition based on the film that gave her her big break.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition opens in Sydney's new convention centre, the ICC, this month with props, costumes and interactive exhibits to give fans of the film an immersive experience.

"It's like stepping into the world of Panem," Dawson told AAP.

"You really feel like you're on set in that kind of environment and it's very interactive. There's a lot of fun things to do. I took my mates to it in New York and there was this cool photo where it looks like you're on the chariots like in Catching Fire (the second film in the franchise)."

For the first time, the wedding dress Dawson's character Annie Cresta wore during her marriage to Finnick Odair (played by Sam Claflin) will be on display.

"That holds a special place in my heart. I actually wore this vintage slip to my audition and the director liked it so much it became the inspiration for the dress," she said.

Playing Annie in the popular teen movie franchise changed Dawson's life, and gave her the opportunity to work alongside major actors including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and her on screen love interest Sam Claflin.

"It's one of those experiences where you become instant friends and they hopefully stay in your life even though everybody's all around the world," she said.

Dawson said the Oscar-winner made life easier for her when she joined the cast in the second film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The movie franchise finished up last year with the fourth edition, The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 2, and even though that marked the last of the books written by Suzanne Collins, Dawson think there are still more stories to tell.

"They're such complex stories, each character in that world, you could make a movie about every single one of them, there's so much to them. Who knows what the future will bring, but as far as I know there are no plans yet," she said.

* The Hunger Games will open on December 20 at the ICC Sydney with a meet and greet with actress Stef Dawson between 2pm and 4pm. It will run until February 5, 2017.

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