The Unimaginable

Life has been so full with acting lately, I’ve hardly had a moment to catch my breath! It’s been all parts exciting, and I wanted to share my latest project.

We wrapped a couple of weeks back – a beautiful feature film, The Unimaginable (working title).

The story of Sari (the writer/director’s real life grandmother), and her time in a labor camp in Sommerda, Germany in 1944-1945. Her journey and experiences are explored through the journal she courageously kept during this period (now on display in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC), filtered through the memories and imagination of her son and grandson. I play ‘The Worker’, one of her peers in the labor camp.

I spent 6 amazing days shooting in east LA in a huge, historic factory – the location for the bullet making factory, where we work in Sommerda.

Serious props to Ben, our director, a quiet and concentrated force of nature. I was really in awe of Ben’s ability to lead with such grace and humility, and the passion and commitment brought by all cast and crew. Truly inspiring and moving stuff!

 

Short + Sweet Festival, Hollywood

The biggest little festival in the world has hit Hollywood, and you can find me performing in not one, but two plays in the coming week! This festival originated in my home country of Australia, and presents a collection of 10 minute plays over the course of three weeks in a competition style format.

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Last week I performed in Neptune’s (Part II) – set behind the scenes at a Sydney strip club in 1979. I play Helena, cocktail waitress and overseer of operations, surly, outspoken and proud to be earning good bucks in a “clean joint”.

In an added surprise, we  won the Audience Vote, and have been invited back to perform Neptune’s (Part II) at the Final Gala. Very exciting!

This week I’ll be performing in Divorce Fantasies – a wild comedy about a girl who needs to loosen up sexually, so with the help of her housemates creates a role play like scenario to seduce the right man. I play Crista, ring leader, teacher, mediator and mother to all.

 

In the mix

Currently studying with The Groundlings Improv School in Los Angeles, and having the time of my life! My teachers Holly Mandel and (teacher in training) Drew Talbert are simply awesome. #lifefeelsohsoshinyandnew

Thanksgiving time

Happy holidays wished to all! I really love this time of year. Festivity, food, family. The autumn leaves are looking spectacular, the air up here in SF is getting some bite to it. It’s atmospheric in so many ways. A winning combination, I reckon. Now to find a roaring fireplace…

I’ve not long returned from LA where I worked on short film ‘Screenings’, a psychological thriller produced by Short Pajamas. It was a wonderful experience, with a super slick crew and fantastic director. Set in a ‘casting office’, I play Olive, a jaded and twisted receptionist, most happy to greet you…(cue dramatic music).

IMG_1997The same guys that produced this film, have another short called ‘Gloriana’ currently on the national festival circuit. It so happened when I was in LA, I caught a screening at The Studio City film festival, and was really impressed. A gripping, moving, and beautiful piece with a stellar female lead.

 

 

I am also very excited to be returning home to Australia at the end of December for a visit.  Fun in the sun with my loved ones…sounds like the perfect way to round out a huge year.

More news coming soon…

New beginnings

Boy, oh boy, have I got news. I’ve taken a huge leap of faith and relocated from my home of LA, up north to San Francisco, for LOVE. Yep, that’s right! I met an incredible fella, and I’ve taken the plunge.

It’s been 6 weeks only in these NorCal parts, but I have been making moves and am very excited to have confirmed representation with a stellar agency up here; JE Talent. It was such a delight to meet and chat with the good folk at this company, very much a family vibe…and I am so looking forward to working together.

Right before leaving LA I was down to the wire – ON HOLD for 6 days (a whisker away) – from booking a huge advertising campaign for P&O cruises starring Owen Wilson. I can’t believe I didn’t make it over the finish line, GUTTED & soooooo close, but the audition process was an absolute hoot, particularly (in an added bonus & interesting twist), I ended up auditioning with a friend I know from drama school (in Australia) playing my husband! Me and Jimmy were sure it was all going to happen…it seemed too many stars were aligning. The campaign is a series of 3 comedy short films. Watch one here. Quirky & fun.

And, I was super happy to book a supporting role in a short film before heading north. It’s a thriller called Screenings, from the production company, Short Pajamas. I am playing a receptionist at a casting office…gone wrong. Very excited to return to LA for shooting in a couple of weeks.