Welcome to the new Actors Australia website!
We are a large number of professional Australian actors that network via this site, and our own private Yahoo Group (see Membership, above). While most of us are based in the major cities of Australia, some are based in regional Australia, the UK, the US, New Zealand, Europe and beyond.
Looking for an Actor? Our actors are experienced in all facets of the Australian entertainment industry including local and international motion pictures, plays, television productions and corporate entertainment.
See below for the latest NEWS…
NEWS FROM THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Former Home & Away actor and now LA-based AA member Erryn Arkin (left) is heading to the Cannes Film Festival with his recently completed short film/television pilot Cell/Phone which he shot in Los Angeles. It has been selected as a short film finalist for screening at the prestigious French festival.
Arkin (who enjoyed a short stint in ‘Summer Bay’ as Mark Gillen) wrote and produced the on-line thriller about a vigilante who uses phone lines to terrorise his victims. The pilot episode has just secured funding to develop it into a full television series.
Please feel free to visit the projetcs page and share: http://www.facebook.com/CellPhoneMovieSeries
MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL
AA member JEREMY KEWLEY stars in IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES (UNTIL SOMEONE GETS HURT) opening at the 25th Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Wednesday March 30th and running through to mid-April.
Birthdays are meant to be fun. So are gorilla grams. But when one company’s poor taste is mixed with a couple of incompetent cops, fun is the last thing Ren’s having on his big day.
This one-act farce is the third play written by Melbourne playwright Charlie Ranger, the founder of Long Range Theatre. Utilising the talents of Jeremy Kewley (Underbelly Files, Stingers) and Madeleine Harding (I Love You Too), It’s all fun and games offers refreshingly original comedy on stage.
If you’re someone who enjoys the ridiculous, possibly doesn’t know what the hell a gorilla gram is or maybe someone who just wants to support local artists, then this is a show you cannot afford to miss.
Of course if you’re none of these things, the same still applies!
It plays at the Northcote Town Hall (Studio 2 – 189 High Street, Northcote) nightly (no Mondays) at 7pm (finished by 8pm). All tickets are just $17.00, purchased at the door.
NOT QUITE CABARET – SYDNEY
Six of our finest AA members are performing in Season Three of NOT QUITE CABARET – a series of six plays – which opens in Sydney on Friday March 11. See Gary Boulter, Bruno Xavier, Daniel Nemes, Deborah Bradshaw (who is also co-producing), Belinda Crawley, Greg Eccleston and others. AA member Christine Greenough is directing and co-producing.
Season Three of NOT QUITE CABARET plays every Friday night at 8pm for 5 weeks.
Not Quite Cabaret presents A Six Pack of Plays, an evening of six short plays that will take you on an adventure of hilarious, quirky and romantic moments! Laid out in the traditional Cabaret style in the superb Paddington Arms, each play is around 10 minutes long, and there is plenty of time for food and drinks in between! With a knockout programme and stellar cast, you are guaranteed a superb evening of entertainment! Last season sold out so BOOK NOW!!! www.trybooking.com
See more on facebook at: www.facebook.com/pages/Not-Quite-Cabaret/#!/pages/Not-Quite-Cabaret/136213679762051
OFF THE CUFF - YOUTUBE SERIES
Sydney AA member Bruno Xavier is one of the stars (and creators) of OFF THE CUFF, a series of discussions that screen on YouTube.
Three mates – Bruno, Ben and JT - get together around the kitchen table to share their opinions on a range of topics. They laugh, they argue, they agree, they disagree.
A number of episodes are available on-line, including one that explains the concept of the series.
KITCHEN WHIZ – TELEVISION SERIES
Screening on weekday afternoons at 4pm on the Nine Network, Kitchen Whiz is a fast and fabulous kids game show with a focus on the world of food, cooking and food science. Over four rounds, contestants answer questions and compete in fun, messy tasks, earning points and taking home prizes.
Shot at Sydney’s Fox Studios, Beau Walker (from the popluar Channel Nine kids series The Shak ) and Any co-host one-hundred and thirty episodes of Kitchen Whiz for Ambience Entertainment and the Nine Network.
It also stars Lewis Schamouzzi as schoolboy Tom.
You can view the film right now on YouTube at:
AA member Jeremy Kewley stars in a film made exclusively for the 2011 Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Synopsis: Working in Customer Service can be terrible, especially the graveyard shift at the “Metro Inn”, a one-star Motel.
However, young Jack knows that a smiling, can-do attitude will keep the guests happy, and make his night easier … except tonight!
A sex-crazed security guard; some spaced-out stoners; and a flower-fixated hippie make Jack’s job near impossible.
Written and produced by Ryan Jon and Tom Lock CUSTOMER SERVICE stars Oliver Edwin as young Jack and Jeremy Kewley as his boss – Metro Inn manager Brett Thompson.
CUSTOMER SERVICE screens on March 31st at 8pm at The Evelyn Hotel, 351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
Melbourne AA member Dennis Manahan stars as the Mad Hatter in a new production of the Lewis Carroll classic ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Directed by Kevin Hopkins, the show is a production by the Australian Shakespeare Company.
It plays at 11am and 5pm on March 5th in the beautiful surrounds of Duneira at Mount Macedon, just outside of Melbourne (www.duneira.com.au).
Glenn Elston - best known for his productions of Shakespeare Under the Stars and The Wind in the Willows - has adapted the Lewis Carroll book into a dynamic and highly enjoyable production that entertains all ages.
A fantastical production” The Sunday Herald Sun
“Enchanting … the audience loved every minute of it” The Age
SISTERS – WOW CINEMA FESTIVAL
Sydney AA member Alison Gallagher stars in the short AFTRS film SISTERS which screens on the Opening Night of the World of Women Cinema Festival in Sydney alongside other high profile shorts on Tuesday March 8 at the Dendy Opera Quays Cinema.
READING HAROLD PINTER
Sydney AA member Karen Bayly performs in Reading Harold Pinter, one of seven short plays with a gay/multicultural theme in Sydney’s Mardi Gras Colour Blind Project.
Written by Gerry Greenland and directed by Travis Green, Reading Harold Pinter opens Wednesday 23 February and runs through until Friday March 4. It plays nightly @ 8pm (Sundays @ 5pm) at the Sidetrack Theatre in Marrickville (Phone 02 9550 3666). Tickets and more info at: www.sidetrack.com.au and www.thecolourblindproject.org
UNDERBELLY FILES – MONDAY FEBRUARY 21ST
Melbourne AA members Georgia Bolton and Aaron Jakubenko feature in the final of the three 2011 Underbelly Files telemovies on Monday February 21st at 8.30pm on Channel Nine.
In The Man Who Got Away, directed by Cherie Nowlan (“Thank God He Met Lizzie”, “Clubland”), Georgia plays Prison Guard Raelene Wandmaker, and Aaron plays Cop #1. Hope you can all tune in!
Sydney based AA members Peter McAllum and Matthew Hyde are currently treading the boards at the New Theatre in Newton in the play Canary. Pete (below, left, with Caleb Alloway) plays a number of roles (including UK anti-smut campaigner Mary Whitehouse!) in this powerful piece that is being performed as part of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Written by acclaimed UK playwright Jonathan Harvey, Canary is a love story spanning five decades … a fantastical journey across the landscape of modern gay history.
It plays at The New Theatre until March 5th, Wed to Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 5pm (Sat 5 March @ 2pm – no evening show this date)
For more information, tickets and more, go to: www.newtheatre.org.au
NEWS FROM HOLLYWOOD
LA-based AA member Erryn Arkin (left) - who was rumoured to have tested for the title role in the up-coming Warner Bros. motion picture Superman: Man of Steel (see imdb.com) - is currently producing an on-line film series called Cell/Phone in Los Angeles.
Please feel free to visit the projetcs page and share: http://www.facebook.com/CellPhoneMovieSeries
MRS VINCENT PRICE
At Melbourne’s La Mama Courthouse Theatre, from February 10 – 27, you can catch AA Member Michael F Cahill in Peter Quilter’s new play Mrs Vincent Price.
Directed by Alice Bishop, the play is a celebration of the life and career of actress Coral Browne who left the Melbourne suburb of Footscray in 1934, became a grande dame of the London stage and fell in love with actor Vincent Price. The cast also features Heather Lythe, Grant Smith, Chris Broadstock and Jo Gill. Find out more … http://lamama.com.au
Her performance was placed 2nd in the Judges Choice.
And another play in which she appeared, Three In One, took out 1st Place in the Peoples Choice category.
Well done Ali!
To find out more about Ali, visit her website at: www.aliaitken.com
UNDERBELLY FILES: TELL THEM LUCIFER WAS HERE
The Nine Network kicks off the 2011 Australian television ratings year with its season of three new Underbelly Files telemovies with Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, the tragic story of the 1998 murders of Victoria Police officers Rod Miller and Gary Silk … and the incredible four year investigation by the Lormier Task Force to bring the murderers to justice.
Premiering on Channel Nine on Monday February 7th at 8.30pm (with an encore screening on GEM on Sunday February 13th at 8.30pm), it stars AA member Jeremy Kewley as Det Snr Sgt Graeme Collins (above), and features other Actors Australia members including Gina Morley and Hadrian Jonathan.
Actors Australia member Andy Minh Trieu (“Tomorrow When the War Began”, “Sisters of War”, “Rescue Special Ops”) co-hosts a brand new kids game show with a focus on the world of food, cooking and food science.
Shot at Sydney’s Fox Studios, the new afternoon television series sees contestants aged between 12-14 years old compete in messy tasks, earning points and taking home prizes.
Andy and Beau Walker (from the popluar Channel Nine kids series The Shak ) will co-host one-hundred and thirty episodes of Kitchen Whiz for Ambience Entertainment and the Nine Network.
It premieres across Australia on Channel Nine at 4pm Monday February 21st.
I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT COUNTDOWN
Fresh from the national tour of “Mamma Mia”, AA member Chris Buchanan is again strutting the stage, this time at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne, performing opposite Michael Veitch, Richard Macionis and Jon Peck in the latest staging of the ever popular Countdown musical comedy.
Chris gets to belt out songs as Shirley Strahan from Skyhooks and many others. It’s only on until then end of February, so get your skates on!
SHAKESPEARE’S MOTHERS: MAD, BAD AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW
AA members Kath Perry and Cat Martin, aided and abetted by the lovely Alexander Jonas, play 20 of Shakespeare’s wickedest women from 12 plays in 60 minutes!
This highly entertaining show is playing for ONE NIGHT ONLY at the Marian Street Theatre
in Killara (NSW) on Thursday February 17th at 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $25 on the door (cash only please) or via moshtix at www.moshtix.com.au (Includes refreshments and program!)
SYDNEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL – Two Weeks To Go!
Down on the beautiful Glebe foreshore with the amazing Anzac Bridge as a backdrop, you can still catch the last few performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet!
For more information, tickets and more, go to: www.sydneyshakespearefestival.com.au
SHOWREEL OF THE MONTH
In February 2011 we invite you to watch the terrific 3 minute Showreel of Victorian-based actor Mark Redpath.
It includes scenes from the television series City Homicide and Satisfaction, and the motion picture Broken Sun. Watch it now at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I1IVUXBfIw
ROMEO AND JULIET
One of Shakespeare’s most thrilling and popular plays, confronts each new generation with it’s passion and force. A love story that transcends us to another place and time.
The cast includes Actors Australia members Don Bridges, Glenn Van Oosterom, Cameron Moore and Jennifer Innes.
Essential Theatre is extremely excited to be tackling this infamous play again for it’s 2010-2011 Tour, with a new director and new ideas!
Visit: www.essentialtheatre.com.au for more information.
Actors Australia welcomes its newest members…
SASHA DELANEY NADIA ANDARY
SHORT + SWEET FESTIVAL
It’s the worlds biggest short play festival and a whole bunch of Actors Australia members are involved including Brigid O’Sullivan and Ali Aitken.
Week #2 is at Newtown January 12 to 16 with A Letter for Kyle
Then, at NIDA’s Parade Theatre (Sydney) from Feb 8 to 12 you can see Love, Art and Dreams. And from February 22 to 26 see Nuns Gone Wild featuring Steven McGrath.
To book your tickets to the Short + Sweet Festival, log onto www.shortandsweet.org
SYDNEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Opening on January 6 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and then Romeo and Juliet on Saturday January 8th, the Festival runs for eight weeks. It is held on the Glebe Foreshore which is a magical location, ideal for wonderful picnics before the show starts. It features a huge cast including Actors Australia member Roger Smith.
SHOWREEL OF THE MONTH
To start off the new year we have chosen the showreel of a popular Sydney-based actor.
Check out the recent work of Robin Queree at: http://www.robinqueree.com/showreel.html