Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Portrait Portent

"LAST year, Melbourne artist Rick Amor saw a young woman serving in his local organic food shop and decided he wanted to paint her portrait. "She struck me as an interesting-looking person, so I gave her my card and assured her I wasn't some old perv," Amor recalls."

Dad painted my portrait over a couple of months in '06
- it was the most time we had spent together alone talking, joking and laughing in some time. Unfortunately my relationship to my partner was unravelling at the same time - and it was during a sitting that I told Dad what was happening. I find it very hard to look at that picture now. I'm hoping it will have a "Dorian Gray" effect - the picture will get older, uglier, more bitter, twisted and gnarled with resentment while I remain happy, carefree, a louche layabout... but so far I've been framed, accidentally covered in varnish and hung on a wall in a ladder mishap... not sure it's working properly...

Rest of the article here

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Anyone for Tennis instead?

Judge bans Underbelly in Victoria

"A Supreme Court judge has banned Channel Nine from broadcasting the gangland TV series Underbelly - which was due to premiere tomorrow - in Victoria or on the internet."

so anyway who wants to look at some drawings instead?

I've posted a whole bunch of chicken scratchings and doodles that I've collected over the years onto my flickr site - enjoy...

Monday, February 11, 2008

Underbelly update

hmm the big question now is will it, won't it? The pre-release on the website has been pulled and there's plenty of people out there who don't want it seen - including the family of the character I play.

"The Workmans' family lawyer, Stan Waites, said episode one, The Black Prince, was way off track to portray Greg Workman "as a cowardly and subservient fat slob"."

I played a man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, I didn't see his actions as cowardly - he just wanted to get out alive. At the end of the day it's up to casting to select who they want for the role and the actor to play the part as briefed and according to their own approach to acting. It's acting. It will never be real.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Time to Blow My Horn

Ok. Here's what it's all about...

"In the riveting opening scenes of Underbelly, Screentime's dramatisation of Melbourne's gangland war, the so-called "black prince of Lygon Street", Alphonse Gangitano (Vince Colosimo), violently kills Greg Workman (Lliam Amor) to settle a bad debt." - from an article in the SMH by Michael Idato

Shooting this episode was intense. To be part of something so well crafted - from the sharp, black script to the level of focus of all involved was an incredibly satisfying experience. The fight scene in particular was gruelling and getting shot was an...errr an interesting moment to say the least. The show airs on Channel 9 on Wednesday 13th February at 8.30pm. You can see a glimpse of it earlier online at the website: