Subclass 417 – first festival recognition!

The 30 minute pilot of Subclass 417 has made it though to the quarter finals at the NexTV Web Series and Indie Film Competition in the states. This is great news and testament to the hard work put into the 6 part web series and pilot. Update to follow once we know more!

I’ve also seen that “What a Gun”, a film I was in earlier in the year, had also made it through to the qaurter finals:)

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Role confirmed for Neighbours

Great News! I’ve just heard I’ve been confirmed as a new part on Neighbours. I start filming in Jan due to start airing in April in Australia and UK. I’m over the moon and cant wait to start filming. More news to follow :)

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‘Let’s Get Back Together’ shoots this week

I’ve been confirmed to play Stew in a new Tropfest film, “Let’s get back together”. I’ll be playing opposite Jonathan Peck in this short Comedy directed by Simon Dall. 

It tells the story of Stew, who after recently being dumped is unable to shake out of depression. His best friend decides to set him up with a mannequin as a joke however what ensues is beyond them both. Expect a dry, serious and dangerously awkward comedy which will suit Tropfest perfectly.  

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New feature ‘Newman’ starts tomorrow

I’m so excited about a new Indie feature I’m in that starts principal photography tomorrow. I play Bert, Newmans best friend, who helps him back on his feet after his memory loss from a car accident. It’s a two week shoot across Melbourne and features some of Melbourne’s best actors, some of which I’ve previously worked with; Jeremy Kewley and John McCullough. Lead cast list below:

Newman – Dean Kirkright
Taylor – Tamuz Ellazam
Bert – Christian Heath
Jessica – Kate Garrard
Frank – Jeremy Kewley
James – John McCullough
Noah – Keith Gledhill

Written and Directed by Long Cheng, Produced by Amelia Zimmerman. More news to follow :)

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‘Speed Date’ a success!

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Last weekend was awesome. Not only because it’s the start of Spring here in Melbourne but because my first ever play, ‘Speed Date’ was performed. It’s a short play about a guy and a girl who meet at a speed date who live out their potential lives together during their 8 minute speed date and conclude if they are meant to be together. 

‘Speed Date’ made it into Crash Test Drama, a Melbourne institution with which I’m very fond of. At this monthly meeting of Actor, Writers and Directors, 6 scripts are pre selected, then cast, directed and performed to an audience. It’s a great concept which tests different skills of creatives. Its’ pressure ridden, and time lacking structure throws the actor and director into ‘almost’ panic mode as they rehearse furiously before performing to an audience. All while the writers try to soak as much feedback on their script from the process.  It’s fantastic. 

I’ve attending this season a couple of times as an Actor however this time, it was very different as a writer. My job was done and I looked on to the actors as they battled with comprehending the script. 

Matched with a great director, Thanassi Arthur, and our two actors; Aisha Jakszewicz and Guy Greenstone – It was a success.

We won ‘Best Play’, ‘Judges Choice Award’, ‘Best Actress’, securing a place in the finals of ‘Crash Test Drama’ as well as a place in ‘Short and Sweet’ in Melbourne in September, the worlds largest Short Play competition. 

There’s even talk of making it into a short film…more news to follow :)

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“Mother Earth” selected for Cannes 2014

“Mother Earth” won 4th place at the 48 Eco FIlm Festival 2013 last weekend. Filmed by Max Film, featuring Mark Diaco and myself, it has now received selection at Cannes Festival (Court Metrage). It’s fantastic news and look forward to hearing how it’s received.
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Subclass 417 half way through the season!

We’re now 4 episodes through the 6 part season and extremely happy with the way things are going. feedback has been great and momentum for the story is growing.

We’re due to make the series into a TV pilot and make a short film for festival entry. Its all exciting times ahead! Please keep on watching!

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