More than 50 representatives from performers’ unions around the world will gather in Sydney this week to discuss issues facing performers and their industry including copyright, international campaigns, the increasing phenomenon of recording live performances, and ways to grow performer union power and influence. Equity looks forward to welcoming our colleagues from around the world including Denmark, Switzerland, Morocco, the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Chile.
Next week marks the beginning of a busy year for the Australian government's trade negotiators.
Read Simon Whipp's opinion piece in today's Australian.
The cast members (see below) of Rake, Offspring, Packed to the Rafters, Bed of Roses and Underbelly: The Golden Mile will compete for Equity’s Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Award, while the casts (see below) of The Librarians, Wilfred, Lowdown and Review with Myles Barlow are up for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Award. Winners will be announced next month.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Award
Amanda Brotchie, Beth Buchanan, Susie Dee, Paul Denny, Dailan Evans, Kim Gyngell, Anna Jennings-Edquist, Rebecca Massey, Geoffrey Rush, Martin Sharpe, Raj Sidhu, Cindy Waddingham, Adam Zwar
Review with Myles Barlow
Adrian Bernotti, Amanda Bishop, Anthony Hayes, Phil Lloyd, Eddie Nehl, Ivy Nehl
Heidi Arena, Stephen Ballantyne, Keith Brockett, Robyn Butler, Victoria Eagger, Bob Franklin, Justin Hamilton, Roz Hammond, Fiona Harris, Wayne Hope, Tony Moclair, Nicole Nabout
Jason Gann, Cindy Waddingham, Adam Zwar
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Award
Bed of Roses
Kerry Armstrong, Julia Blake, Richard Davies, Susie Dee, Kaarin Fairfax, Janet Foye, Andrew S. Gilbert, Caroline Gillmer, Jay Laga’aia, HaiHa Le, Amanda Ma, Frank Magree, Lawrence Mah, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Cameron McKenzie, Dina Panozza, Tim Phillipps, Philip Quast, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Gareth Yuen
Linda Cropper, Richard Davies, Alicia Gardner, Don Hany, Jane Harber, Lachy Hulme, Asher Keddie, Deborah Mailman, Eddie Perfect, Kat Stewart, John Waters
Packed to the Rafters
Michael Caton, Ryan Corr, Rebecca Gibney, George Houvardas, Gillian Jones, Jessica Marais, Angus McLaren, Hugh Sheridan, James Stewart, Erik Thomson, Zoe Ventoura
Kate Box, Caroline Brazier, Richard Carter, Danielle Cormack, Matt Day, Russell Dykstra, Keegan Joyce, Steve Le Marquand, Geoff Morrell, Adrienne Pickering, Richard Roxburgh
Mitch Bartlett, Emma Booth, Dieter Brummer, Rob Carlton, Cheree Cassidy, Salvatore Coco, Caroline Craig, Natasha Cunningham, Firass Dirani, Damien Garvey, Michael Gittany, Diarmid Heidenreich, John Lahoud, Dan Mor, Tom O’Sullivan, Daniel Roberts, Waddah Sari, Peter Scarf, John Seru, Hazem Shammas, Paul Tassone, Sigrid Thornton, Wil Traval
Negotiations for the Sydney Dance Company's new Dancers' Collective Agreement are progressing well, with the agreement likely to be finalised this week. Information on what improvements have been won by dancers will be communicated in the coming weeks. Inquires to Victoria Houston on (02) 9333 0960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A small group of Equity members joined voice and accent coach Bill Pepper for an exclusive Equity masterclass on the art of the US accent at the Alliance’s Sydney offices in Redfern today.
Our thanks to Jonathan Mills and Bernard Purcell who took the NSW Shot Size Workshop in Sydney last month. Fabulous feedback means we will definitely do this class again.
Every month Equity holds workshops and masterclasses around the country free of charge for financial members of Equity. In the coming weeks we have a casting day in Queensalnd, a voiceover workshop in Victoria and a TV commercials masterclass in Sydney. Click here to find out more about Equity's upcoming events or watch your weekly ebulletin for Equity news and events.
Last week 50 lucky Equity members were selected by ballot to attend an exclusive Equity event with Sam Neill. The performer – known for his work on productions such as Jurassic Park, The Piano, Sirens, The Dish and many more – joined NZ Actors Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand for a chat on stage at the St Columba Centre in Ponsonby Auckland. Neill opened up about everything from his New Zealand vineyard to how he prepares for his roles and why he still gets nervous. Neill then joined performers for a drink and chat, where attendees drank wine generously donated by Neill from his vineyard.