Top tips from US casting directors

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In November, the Equity Foundation hosted 2½-day casting hothouses in Sydney and Auckland, giving actors the chance to participate in workshops with some of most well-regarded casting directors in the business

Feature-film casting director Margery Simkin and CBS Television Studios’ Matt Skobalak were flown in from LA to host workshops. Here, Lizzie Franks asks them for some inside tips

casting hothouseL-R: Equity director Sue McCreadie, Casting directors Matt Skrobalak, Christine King, Margery Simkin, Nikki Barrett

Equity congratulates AACTA nominees

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Actors Equity congratulates all the nominees announced by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts for the 2nd annual AACTA Awards.

The Sapphires
The Sapphires
leads the field with nominations in 12 categories

Performer Ron Haddrick honoured

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Tonight Ron Haddrick will receive the 2012 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Foxtel at the Sydney Theatre Company, where he has performed in more than 35 productions over the course of his career .

Devil’s in the detail

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Anthony Hayes and Ewen Leslie play Bernie Banton and Matt Peacock respectively in ABC’s Devil’s Dust. Karol Foyle speaks with them about how they prepared for their roles and the challenges they faced – not least in the make-up department

Portraying a real person is a daunting undertaking for any actor but when that person is a public figure twice your age, who died fighting for a very public cause, it comes bundled with additional pressures. That’s the challenge Anthony Hayes faced when he took on the role of Bernie Banton in the ABC’s Devil’s Dust, a two-part telemovie which will start on Sunday November 11 on ABC1.


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