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.

The Casting Hothouse

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This November Equity members in Australia and New Zealand will get the chance to hone their auditioning, acting and accent skills with top casting agents from Australia, the US and New Zealand.

The Australian Casting Hothouse will take place at the Australian Film, Television and Radio school in Sydney from Friday November 16 to Sunday November 18. For further details and to submit your application click here. APPLICATIONS CLOSE MONDAY OCT 22!

The New Zealand Casting Hothouse will take place at the Q Theatre in Auckland from Tuesday November 20 to Thursday November 22, 2012. For further details and to submit your application click here. APPLICATIONS CLOSE THURSDAY, OCT 25!

The Casting Hothouse is free of charge to financial members of Actors Equity. Actors Equity runs a national program of events which are free of charge for our financial members. The Casting Hothouse is part of Equity’s commitment to ensuring performers get every opportunity to excel. If your membership is in arrears or you would like to join Actors Equity please contact our Membership Centre on 1300 65 65 13.


Ron Haddrick honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ron Haddrick
Ron Haddrick and Andrew Buchanan in QTC's Water Falling Down last year

With a career in film, television, radio and theatre spanning seven decades and a passion for assisting performers in need, Ron Haddrick’s name came up time and time again when Australian performers were asked to nominate and select the winner of the 2012 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by FOXTEL.

Equity president Simon Burke said: “Ron perfectly epitomises what this award is all about – honouring those inspiring performers who have spent literally a lifetime combining a phenomenal career with generous leadership and selfless mentorship.

Ron’s astonishing body of work, dating back to 1946, and his commitment to the NSW Actors Benevolent Fund – which raises funds for performers who are unable to work due to injury, illness or disability – makes him an ideal recipient of this year’s Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.”


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