film and tv

KICKING GOALS - TAYLOR DENT

After 12 months of ‘sweat, blood and tears’, Taylor Dent has become a regular sports reporter on Channel Nine’s daytime bulletins. He tells us how he took his chances with both hands. 

Taylor wasn’t planning on a career as a sports reporter. Far from it. In fact, he was studying law at university when a friend suggested he apply for a holiday job at Channel Nine. ‘They get people in for every Commonwealth and Olympic Games to log everything that happens,’ he explains. ‘Then when the reporters arrive in the morning they can use the clips in their show.’

LIFE IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR MICHAEL WHALLEY

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.

Changing film and TV from within – Joy Hopwood

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?”.

$100M MILESTONE FOR AUSTRALIAN FILM & TV PRODUCTIONS

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.

‘THE HARDER I WORK, THE LUCKIER I GET…’

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.

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