AFI Quick Quiz: Harrison Gilbertson

Harrison Gilbertson

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.

Harrison Gilbertson plays Cal Ormond, a fugitive on the run in Conspiracy 365.

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.

Julia Zemiro plays the villainous Oriana de la Force in Conspiracy 365.

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!

Check out other Quick Quiz respondents. They’ve included:

Geoff Morrell | Hanna Mangan Lawrence | Kestie Morassi | Melissa Bergland | Lincoln Younes | Maeve Dermody and Leon Ford

AFI Quick Quiz: Hanna Mangan-Lawrence

Hanna Mangan-Lawrence makes a striking impression in Jon Hewitt’s latest film ‘X’. In teeny tiny denim shorts and wedge heels, she’s a runaway teen, walking the streets of Sydney’s Kings Cross for her first night on the job. It was always going to be a difficult evening for her, but when she works a threesome with an older world-weary hooker (played by Viva Bianca), the two of them witness a crime and are pursued by some crazy criminal monsters into a night of hell.
In this seedy world of  sex for sale, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence’s performance shines. She maintains a knowing innocence and unspoilt beauty that’s perfect for the role. At just 19 years of age, the young actress already has an impressive list of film and television credits to her name. Starting out in short films, her standout performance was in Sexy Thing, which was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival. She was then cast in the lead role of ‘Chasely’ in Jon Hewitt’s feature Acolytes, and went on to feature in Nash Edgerton’s The Square and star in Kriv Stenders’ Lucky Country.
Hanna is best known for her role in ABC Television’s Bed of Roses, for which she received a 2008 AFI nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and a TV Week Logie nomination for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent in 2009. Next year we’ll see her in Broken Hill-shot feature film Thirst, written and directed by Robert Carter,  and starring alongside Victoria Haralabidou and Myles Pollard.
Here are Hanna Mangan-Lawrence’s answers to the AFI Quick Quiz.*

The AFI Quick Quiz:

Q. What is your favourite word? Holiday!

Q. What is your least favourite word? Pigeons.

Q. What turns you on? People who make me laugh.

Q. What turns you off? Bad tattoos.

Q. What sound or noise do you love? The ocean.

Q. What sound or noise do you hate? LMFAO.

Q. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Maybe I’d be a journalist.

Q. What profession would you not like to do? Horse trainer.

Q. The last film or DVD you watched? J. Edgar.

Q. The film that changed you and why? Lost in Translation. It made me excited to see the world.

Q. Your guilty television pleasure? Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Q. Complete this sentence: The thing I love about working in the Australian film and television industry is… It’s like a big family and you’re always running into people you know.

Q. Three key mentors who’ve inspired or helped you?

  • My parents.
  • Kerry Armstrong.
  • Arthur Lawrence.

‘X’ is in limited release from 24 November, 2011.

Viva Bianca and Hanna Mangan-Lawrence in 'X'

Walking the streets of Kings Cross. Viva Bianca and Hanna Mangan-Lawrence in 'X'

*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!

Check out other Quick Quiz respondents. They’ve included:

Geoff Morrell | Stephen Curry | Tim Ferguson | Frank Lotito | Kestie Morassi | Melissa Bergland | Lincoln Younes | Maeve Dermody and Leon Ford

AFI Quick Quiz: Geoff Morrell

Geoff Morrell

Geoff Morrell

After having cut his acting teeth on the stages of Theatre South, Geoff Morrell has gone on to establish himself as one of Australia’s most versatile and prolific local film and television actors. He has starred in everything from Blackrock, Oscar and Lucinda, Ten Empty and Rogue to Blue Heelers, The Secret Life of Us, Grass Roots, Changi and Marking Time. Though diverse in selection, there is a remarkable consistency and integrity to Morrell’s performances no matter whether he is playing a bumbling baffoon, concerned father or malnourished prisoner of war. This is evident from his multi AFI Award nominations and win, in 2000, for his humorous and headstrong portrayal of the councilor Col Dunkley in the ABC’s outrageously sly and funny series about local government politics, Grass Roots.

Geoff Morrell as Lester Lamb

Geoff Morrell as Lester Lamb

Most recently, he turns his hand to playing Lester Lamb in the tele-movie adaptation of Tim Winton’s highly acclaimed novel, Cloudstreet. Lester is a hopeless farmer but a kind father and despite unfortunate circumstances he remains the eternal optimist. Morrell imbues this character with ample affection and credibility.

Geoff Morrell answers our AFI Quick Quiz*, shedding light on the man behind his public persona. Morrell’s laconic charm and keen wit exceeds most first impressions – despite a not-so-secret love of Jerry Springer!

Cloudstreet the mini series screened on Showtime on 22nd May, 2011, and is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The AFI Quick Quiz:

Q. What is your favorite word?    Sweet

Q. What is your least favorite word?    Suite

Q. What turns you on?    Colonial Australia

Q. What turns you off?    Conservative Politicians

Q. What sound or noise do you love?    The Sound of my whippet dreaming

Q. What sound or noise do you hate?    Microwave Beep

Q. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?    Astronaut

Q. What profession would you not like to do?    Historian

Q. The last film or DVD you watched?    The Switch

Q. The film that changed you, and why?    First Australians. SBS TV. Amazing eye opener

Q. Your guilty television pleasure?    Baggage. Jerry Springer

Q. Complete this sentence:  The thing I love about working in the Australian film and television industry is…that suddenly your life is made easy by being defined and controlled by a yellow call sheet. Takes the guesswork out of life.

Q. Three key mentors who’ve inspired or helped you?  

  • Edward Morrell, My father.
  •  Peter Carroll, actor.
  •  John Hargreaves, actor.

*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!

Quick Quiz: Stephen Curry



With a credit list as long as your arm,  Stephen Curry remains that rare creature among performers – a seriously talented actor with a sense of humour and a genuinely affable presence. In fact, according to one recent profile, he’s commonly known among colleagues as ‘Australia’s nicest guy in showbiz.’ From his iconic Aussie appearance as the young suburban narrator of The Castle (‘Dad, I dug another hole!’)  to his AFI Award-winning performance as television host extraordinaire Graham Kennedy in The King (2007), Curry has been friendly and familiar part of the Australian screen landscape for some time. Of course we have to mention his wonderful appearance as host at the AFI Awards in 2008, when he helped us celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Stephen Curry as jockey Damian Oliver in The Cup.

Riding to victory. Stephen Curry as jockey Damien Oliver in The Cup.

Most recently, Curry been seen on television in a variety of comic and serious roles. It was a treat to catch him playing an unfortunate cockatoo in SBS’s blackly comic Wilfred. Then there was his turn as the lovable ne’er-do-well Sam Pickles in mini-series adaptation of Cloudstreet; and as McBaney in the advertising satire :30 Seconds. In recent year’s, Curry has also become well known for his continually shrinking and expanding frame – having to diet down to jockey weight seven times in the stop-and-start lead up to playing the Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver, whose dramatic win in 2002 is the subject of the feature film The Cup.

Here Stephen Curry answers our Quick Quiz with good humour and a touch of silliness – but notice he’s serious when it comes to naming and praising his mentors.

  1. What is your favorite word? Gruntled. The opposite of disgruntled. i.e: Worked at a soup kitchen today and boy did it add to my general feeling of gruntlement.
  2. What is your least favorite word? Panties
  3. What turns you on? Dexter from Perfect Match.
  4. What turns you off? Being stabbed repeatedly in the chest with a large hunting knife.
  5. What sound or noise do you love? The sweet warbling of doves.
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? The voices in my head.
  7. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I think I’d make an astonishing flautist.
  8. What profession would you not like to do? Being the guy that has to gather all the information every time I do a google search.
  9. The last film or DVD you watched? Snowtown.
  10. The film that changed you, and why? Gigli. I decided then and there that I never want to be in a film like Gigli.
  11. Your guilty television pleasure? Jerseylicious. Frankie is a genius. I love him and his enormous head.
  12. Complete this sentence:  The thing I love about working in the Australian film and television industry is…That it stops me from working at a drive-thru.
  13. Three key mentors who’ve inspired or helped you? Matthew Saville (Australia’s best director), Katherine Dodd (Australia’s best agent), Lachie Daddo (Australia’s best Daddo).

The Cup is in general release from 13 October, 2011. The Cup is one of the Feature Films in Competition for the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards.

*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 Australian version. We hope you enjoy it!

AFI Quick Quiz: Tim Ferguson

Tim Ferguson’s website is called The Cheeky Monkey and it’s a fittting title for this widely acclaimed comedian, writer and producer. With his impudent grin he’s imediately recognisable – whether you remember him from comedy trio Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS – with Paul McDermott and Richard Fidler) or from his Logie-winning television show Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush. Or perhaps you saw him prancing around in bondage underwear as Franknfurter in the record-breaking Sydney production of The Rocky Horror Show. Then again, there was also that stint as a political candidate for the seat of Kooyong in Melbourne…

A writer of opinion pieces for various newspapers, Tim wrote the bestselling political satire Left, Right and Centre  and the comedy manual The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy. He currently lectures in comedy screenwriting at the RMIT University School of Media & Communications in Melbourne, and from the looks of his responses to our quiz, he still enjoys having a dig at the other side of politics.

Here are Tim Ferguson’s answers to the AFI Quick Quiz.*

The AFI Quick Quiz:

 

 

Q. What is your favorite word?‘Fecund’.

Q. What is your least favourite word? ‘Conservative’.

Q. What turns you on? Seeing a joke I’ve written work.

Q. What turns you off? Suicidal smack junkie Social Realism films. The Social Realism genre is proof the writer had no ideas worth inventing.

Q. What sound or noise do you love? The lamentation of my enemy’s women.

Q. What sound or noise do you hate? The bells, the bells, the bells…

Q. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Obviously my true calling is Liturgical Interpretive Dance. Or Accountancy.

Q. What profession would you not like to do? Nappy-changer for the Young Liberals – they’d take it for granted.

Q. The last film or DVD you watched? Two & A Half Men. It is genius. Seriously. Deal with it.

Q. The film that changed you and why? Star Wars. It proved to me that one teenager can make a difference if he can move things with his mind.

Q. Your guilty television pleasure? I never feel guilty about watching television.

Q. Complete this sentence: The thing I love about working in the Australian film and television industry is… all the free time it allows me.

Q. Three key mentors who’ve inspired or helped you?

  • Marc Gracie (Producer of Shock Jock/The Craic).
  • Peter Abbott (Producer of Big Brother/Top Gear Australia).
  • John Hooker (Author of Jacob’s Season/The Bush Soldiers).

To find out more about Tim Ferguson, visit his website The Cheeky Monkey.

*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!

Check out other Quick Quiz respondents. They’ve included:

Frank Lotito | Kestie Morassi | Melissa Bergland | Lincoln Younes | Maeve Dermody and Leon Ford

AFI Quick Quiz: Frank Lotito

Writer, producer and star of Big Mamma's Boy, Frank Lotito

Writer, producer and star of Big Mamma

Writer, producer and actor Frank Lotito grew up in the large Italo-Australian community in the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir. For his first feature-length film, Big Mamma’s Boy, he’s chosen to write about what he knows, with a story of a 35-year-old man, Rocco (played by Lotito himself), who still lives at home with his overbearing Italian ‘Mamma’ (Carmelina di Guglielmo) – a situation which causes conflict when he falls in love with independent Aussie career girl, Katie (Holly Valance). “I didn’t have to do any research for the character of Rocco,” says Lotito in the film’s press notes.

“I think I knew him back to front. I wasn’t like that but there’s lots of friends and relatives who are…All right, I was a little bit like Rocco, just a little bit!”

Billed as a lighthearted romantic comedy about ‘life, love and lasagne’, Big Mamma’s Boy was set and shot in Reservoir, directed by Franco di Chiera and produced by Lotito and Matteo Bruno (the production company Lotito and Bruno share is named Valarc Films). The ensemble cast includes George Kapiniaris, Osvaldo Maione, Maria Venuti, Steve Mouzakis and Pia Miller, but it’s very much a project with Lotito at its heart.

With 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, Frank Lotito is no stranger to screen and stage, having performed in stage shows, movies, plays and television. His TV credits include Funky Squad, Neighbours, Stingers, Secret Life of Us, Blue Heelers and Thank God You’re Here. In 2004 Frank appeared in his first one-man comedy show, It’s all Italiano to Me, drawing on his own upbringing in suburbia in the 1970s and 80s. Frank has also worked behind the camera as writer and producer, working on projects like Ian Thorpe’s environmental documentary Fish out of Water, the reality TV show The Phone, with Justin Melvey, and Vancouver Dreams for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games.

Here are Frank Lotito’s answers to the AFI Quick Quiz.*

Cast of Big Mamma's Boy

Family, friends and food. On the set of Big Mamma

The AFI Quick Quiz:

Q. What is your favorite word? Yes.

Q. What is your least favourite word? No.

Q. What turns you on? Passionate People.

Q. What turns you off? Negative People.

Q. What sound or noise do you love? Laughter.

Q. What sound or noise do you hate? Silence.

Q. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Astronaut.

Q. What profession would you not like to do? Accountant.

Q. The last film or DVD you watched? Bridesmaids.

Q. The film that changed you and why? Reservoir Dogs. Quentin Tarantino was a guy passionate about films, who used to work in a video store and became a filmmaker without any training. I thought that if he could do it, so can I.

Q. Your guilty television pleasure? Mad Men. What I’d give to go back in time and live that life!

Q. Complete this sentence: The thing I love about working in the Australian film and television industry is… the hard working attitude of cast and crews.

Q. Three key mentors who’ve inspired or helped you?

  • Santo Cilauro (Working Dog).
  • Roberto Begnini.
  • Martin Scorsese.

Big Mamma’s Boy is in national release from 28 July.

*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!

Check out other Quick Quiz respondents. They’ve included:

Kestie Morassi | Melissa Bergland | Lincoln Younes | Maeve Dermody and Leon Ford