Congratulations to advanced graduate, producer Sam Smith, whose short film Banana Boy has been selected for the Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund. Well done Sam. You’ll be producing your first feature film before you know it!
Congratulations Alli Peters who plays the female lead of Erica in the short film Balloon, directed by Nick Paton. Balloon is an Official Selection in the Robin Anderson Short Film Festival and an Official Selection NSW Art Express. Well done Alli!
Congratulations to advanced graduate Brent (BJ) O’Neill for the outstanding writing and direction of his play Torn Apart (Dissolution) currently being performed in London. The play has attracted 5 Star reviews in the London press. Exceptional work BJ! Please bring the play home to Sydney!
Jemma Eggins is playing the role of Olive Neal in the New York production of Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway. Once the musical completes its record-breaking run at the 42nd Street Theatre, Gemma and the rest of cast are touring the production around America.
Katerine Ann MacKinnon-Lee plays the lead antagonist Sarah, in the Peter Andrikidis directed feature film Alex and Eve.
Katerine Ann had her hair dyed purple for the role – not a look she usually sports! – to give her the tough sassy look the producers wanted for the role. Alex and Eve, a religious romantic comedy, is set for theatrical release in October.
Congratulations to Logan Webster who is currently casting his second feature film. The as yet untitled film follows on in the horror vein from Logan’s first feature, Lead Me Astray, in which he plays the antagonist Alpha.
Logan and Mona Bagherpour conducting a casting session at the school for their new comedy horror film.
Junior teen student Julia Manias who appeared as one of the princesses in last year’s STC production of The King and I at the opera house is now playing a leading role in the Willoughby Theatre production of Evita.
The production has been receiving rave reviews and Julia was personally mentioned in reviews for her acting and solo singing performance.
Advanced adult student Mona Bagherpour’s career is certainly on the up and up. A small speaking role as a young solicitor in the award-winning short film Misinterpretation and the lead role in the school’s short film Refugee led to an audition and a subsequent call back for the lead in a controversial new television series.
Then it was on to a featured extra role in the film The System, which led to the lead role of Rina in the funded short sci-fi film, Egregore. Very well done Mona!
Well done to Allira Peters who is performing her final scenes in the feature film Make Them Dead. I have been working with Allira on her scenes a day or two out from each shoot day and the private tuition has been highly beneficial for her performance and a good confidence booster. Keep up the good work Allira!
It’s fingers crossed for Mona Bagherpour who is awaiting the outcome of her second call back for a principal role in a highly confidential and politically explosive new television series about refugees.
And no, it’s not the 4 million dollar potential white elephant tele-movie the federal government are funding to encourage refugees to stay in their own country, but a highly controversial series about refugees fleeing their homeland due to oppression, war, or famine. I coached Mona through her initial audition and then again for her call back. Mona was impressed with the results as were casting director Greg Apps and the series director. Good luck Mona! We’re all holding our breath for you.
New York producer and former student Brady Kirchberg has created a sensation with his first feature film, Whiplash.
Whiplash has garnered mass critical and audience acclaim and was the number one box office film in America for several weeks running during early 2015. The March 2015 edition of the JB Hi-Fi magazine Stack, gave the film a 5 star rating along with naming it DVD of the Month. Great work Brady! Very well done to Allira Peters for booking a pivotal role in the upcoming indie feature film, Make Them Dead. Allira has worked hard to achieve this result and her pro-active approach has certainly paid dividends.
Congratulations and very well done to Chloe Boreham who plays the lead role in the film Between Me, directed by Kim Farrant.
Between Me is an Official Selection for New Filmmakers Los Angeles 2015 screenings and competition.
Good to see Robert Flanagan playing a cameo role as “one of the boys” in the gripping Aussie feature film Felony. Keep up the good work Robert!
Very well done to Mona Bagherpour who played the role of a young solicitor in the multi-award-winning short film, Misinterpretation.
Hard work has paid off for Allira Peters who has just performed her first dialogue role in a short film. Well done Allira.
After directing her first feature film, the critically-acclaimed Around the Block starring Christina Ricci and Jack Thompson, writer-producer-director Sarah Spillane is now directing her second feature, True Spirit. True Spirit details the story of teenager Jessica Watson’s solo, around-the-world sailing adventure.
Very well done Sarah. You’re fast becoming one of Australia’s hottest young writer-directors.
Advanced teen student Jess Grosbard auditioned over the summer holidays for the lead in a Mazda TVC. Jess missed out on the part, but the director was so impressed with her that he booked her a featured extra role in the commercial. Well done Jess!
Advanced adult Sonya Plummer continues her run of featured extra roles in a variety of television commercials into 2015. The casting directors and advertising agencies obviously appreciate your “young mum blonde look” Sonya!