Six names to watch in the Aussie film industry
It’s fair to say the Aussie film industry produces some real shining stars - something about our sun, sand and big sky seems to help make us extra creative! And it’s not just acting where we’re making waves, it’s all areas of the business. So who’s making it big right now… edging their way towards stardom?
By Claire Isaac
Tilda Cobham-Hervey - ACTOR
She’s already graced the pages of the gossip mags - a perhaps unfortunate by-product of dating actor boyfriend Dev Patel - but Adelaide-born Tilda is making a name for herself onscreen too. Beginning her film career with the independent 52 Tuesdays at the tender age of 16, she also co-starred in acclaimed TV shows The Kettering Incident and Barracuda. Now Tilda is co-starring with Dev and a host of big names (Arme Hammer, Jason Isaacs to name a couple) in the movie Hotel Mumbai - the story of the terrorist attacks of 2008. It seems the 23-year-old is finally getting as much attention for her acting as her love life.
Daniel DiMarco - WRITER/DIRECTOR
This Aussie writer/director, who now spends most of his time in Vancouver, is making waves with his first feature film Juggernaut - a dark sibling rivalry movie that just got a theatrical release here after a great festival run overseas. DiMarco, who grew up in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, made two award-winning short films before heading to Canada and making his feature directorial debut. He has just received development funding for his second feature film The Bigamist, and is currently in Australia, working on a script for a horror movie with local co-writer Lee Devaney. Be afraid…
Dacre Montgomery - ACTOR
It actually may come as a surprise to find that this young man - who stars as Billy Hargrove in Stranger Things, Netflix’s hit otherworldly TV series - is an Aussie at all, but Dacre was born and raised in Perth and studied at WAAPA before heading to “the upside down”. With season three filming now, there’s no doubt he’s hit the big time everywhere, including at home where he’s returning to make The True History Of The Kelly Gang, with Russell Crowe and Travis Fimmel. You can’t get more Aussie than that.
Charles Williams - SHORT FILMMAKER
Young Australian director Charles joined the ranks of the real film heavyweights recently when his thirteen-minute film, All the Creatures, was given a nod as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s short film competition. It’s the screen industry's most prestigious prize, which makes Williams’ achievement even more amazing - the film was shot on a shoestring in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong, and stars Sudanese actor Mandela Mathia who came to Australia as a refugee in 2009.
Ari Wegner - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Melbourne-raised Ari is somewhat of an anomaly, at just 32 she’s one of the few female cinematographers working in film. The Australian Cinematographers Society has 272 members, of whom just nine are women. But this visionary cinematographer and director of photography, whose work can be seen on the stunning period drama Lady Macbeth, is getting noticed both here and overseas. After cutting her teeth on short films and independent movies, she first made her mark internationally with TV series The Kettering Incident and hasn’t looked back since. Keep an eye out for In Fabric, the upcoming horror movie she worked on… you just know it’ll be intense.
Katherine Langford - ACTOR
Katherine Langford was one of the biggest Aussie breakout actresses of last year and her star is still rising. Her role as Hannah Baker in 13 Reasons Why scored her a Golden Globe nomination and won her a Screen Australia breakthrough award. This year, though, she had her first major film role in the monumentally successful coming of age film Love, Simon. What’s next for the 22 year old? For now, it’s back to TV with series two of 13 Reasons Why. But after that it could be music (she’s a trained pianist) or directing (she says she’s been told by every director she’s worked with that she should do it).