When Naomi Lisner’s marriage ended, she made the decision to never let anything hold her back again, especially age and gender. Now, after a lifetime of acting, she’s writing her own screenplays and has just made her directorial debut with Hannah Rosenthal, a short film she might also turn into a feature film or TV series.
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From starting out acting in prep, to starring in Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, Michael Whalley tells us why he’s never rested on his laurels.
Michael’s first foray into acting came when he was just five years old, playing the part of Captain Bumble in a five minute presentation to his school. Since then, he’s completely immersed himself in his craft, playing a diverse variety of roles along the way.
Melbourne filmmaker Joy Hopwood has been advocating for diversity in film and TV for over 20 years. Now, not only is she noticing a positive change towards fair representation in the industry, she’s just made her first feature film that tackles the subject head on.
We asked Joy where her drive and passion began:
‘One day, whilst doing Drama and Television at university, I was with a group of enthused drama children – a lot of whom were multicultural – and I asked them, “What would you like to do in the future?”.
Last night, Media Super announced a major investment milestone for Australian film and television production. At an exclusive preview screening of soon-to-be released feature film, Lion*, we announced that our investment in Australian productions has now passed $100 million.
Media Super CEO Graeme Russell said that the fund was extremely proud to have supported more than 70 Australian film and television projects, producing stable investment returns as well as work opportunities for members.
It took just 30 seconds for Peter Carstairs to announce to 300 million people that he was a director of comedy.
The television commercial Ultrasound Peter directed for the Doritos competition Crash the Super Bowl, converted 100 million social media viewers, and, at best guess, nearly 200 million television watchers into fans.
James O’Loghlin believes that perspiration always trumps inspiration.
It will come as no surprise that the lawyer/stand-up comic/ host of eight series of The New Inventors/ writer/ broadcaster/ emcee/ panel facilitator/ children’s book author/ innovation champion and parent believes in being busy.
Dennis Coard may have been a late starter, but he has since made up for it. The beloved Michael Ross from Home and Away waited until he was 35 years old before starting out on his professional acting journey.
Actually, the seeds were sown a bit earlier than that. As a precocious youngster in his native Ireland, he would entertain his mum, dad and three brothers with modest ‘shows’ inspired by his gregarious father.
Set in the very near future, creatures from ancient mythology must live among humans and battle for survival in a world that wants to silence, exploit and destroy them.
Release date: 1 June 2016
Starring: Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Ryan Corr
Director: Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell
The Equity Foundation, the professional development arm of actors’ union MEAA Equity, is giving one lucky acting student the opportunity to work alongside the cast and crew of Australia’s longest running TV drama, Neighbours.
Marilyn McIntyre is a human dynamo. She has been a film, television and theatre actor for a ‘number of decades’ – that alone describes her tenacity, her energy and her success. And it might never have happened if an ageing Hollywood screenwriter hadn’t offered her North Carolina Quaker college the opportunity to stage his interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck.