For an actor still in his teens, Harrison Gilbertson has already gathered an impressive portfolio of screen work, but then, he did start nearly ten years ago as a child actor, with a role in the 2002 feature film Australian Rules, directed by Paul Goldman. His subsequent performances have included playing the lead in Accidents Happen, as well as appearing in Ana Kokkinos’ Blessed, and playing the young and impressionable soldier Frank Tiffen in Beneath Hill 60. It was for this last role that Gilbertson was awarded with the AFI Young Actor Award in 2010.
Now Harrison Gilbertson is set to star on small screens in the new action drama series Conspiracy 365, which premieres on Foxtel’s Family Movie Channel (FMC) on 14 January 2012.
Based on the series of young adult books written by acclaimed crime writer Gabrielle Lord and published by US publisher Scholastic, Conspiracy 365 is a 12-part series about Cal Ormond, a 15-year-old boy on the run (played by Gilbertson). Cal is trying to elude sinister forces after the mysterious death of his father and he has just 365 days to solve the mystery or he’ll meet the same fate.
Reported to have cost about $13 million to make, hopes are high for the action drama series. The news that Julia Zemiro and Rob Carlton are playing the baddies – the evocatively named Oriana de la Force and Vulkan Sligo, has certainly made older ears perk up. But youthful fans of the immensely popular books will be hoping that Gilbertson carries off the role as the ordinary young man forced to become a hero. Chances are, he does just fine.
Here are Harrison Gilbertson’s answers to the AFI Quick Quiz.*
The AFI Quick Quiz:
Q. What is your favorite word? Love.
Q. What is your least favourite word? Hate.
Q. What turns you on? Photography.
Q. What turns you off? Self Indulgence.
Q. What sound or noise do you love? The sounds of the beach.
Q. What sound or noise do you hate? Stomach groans.
Q. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Carpentry.
Q. What profession would you not like to do? Dictatorship!
Q. The last film or DVD you watched? The Cider House Rules.
Q. The film that changed you and why? Dead Poet’s Society. because it opened me up to a new way of thinking.
Q. Your guilty television pleasure? Entourage.
Q. Complete this sentence: The thing I love about working in the Australian film and television industry is… the no-nonsense attitude.
Q. Three key mentors who’ve inspired or helped you?
- My dad – Brian Gilbertonson.
- My mum – Julie Sloan.
- My sister – Bridget Gilbertson.
Conspiracy 365 premieres on January 14 at 7pm on Foxtel’s FMC.
*The AFI Quick Quiz is a version of the Bernard Pivot Questionnaire. Bernard Pivot is a journalist, interviewer and host of French cultural television programs. He developed a list of questions based on Proust’s famous questionnaire. This then formed the basis of James Lipton’s questions to actors on American cable television program Inside the Actors Studio. Now the AFI has its own version. We hope you enjoy it!
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