AFI Quick Quiz: Kestie Morassi

Kestie Morassi The Adelaide-born Kestie Morassi is a familiar face in Australian film and television, having worked steadily for more than ten years in the business, yet she’s still a little bit mysterious. Her television roles have ranged from Miss Sharlow in the ABC’s The Saddle Club to the kinky-but-sweet brothel madam Natalie in Foxtel’s Satisfaction, and she has appeared on pretty much every recent Australian drama you care to think of, from The Secret Life of Us, to Underbelly, and from Offspring to Wilfred. Morassi has appeared in films including Dirty Deeds, Travelling Light, The Illustrated Family Doctor and Strange Bedfellows.
Morassi’s real breakthrough, however, came with the role of the terrorised backpacker Kristy in Greg Mclean’s international hit horror film Wolf Creek (2005) – a performance that earnt her an AFI Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Morassi is currently starring in Blame, a psychological thriller shot and set in Roleystone, outside of Perth. Written and directed by Michael Henry, and also starring a cast of other up-and-coming young actors, Blame sees Morassi playing a grieving young woman who teams up with the friends of her dead sister in order to take revenge on the man they blame for her death.
With her wide blue eyes and mischevious dimple, Morassi is a talented and versatile actress with a winning warmth and vulnerability on screen, and an obvious lack of pretention. Here are her answers to the AFI Quick Quiz.
Kestie Morassi in Blame

Kestie Morassi as a grieving sister intent on revenge in Blame.

The AFI Quick Quiz: Kestie Morassi

Q. What is your favorite word? Oil.

Q. What is your least favourite word? Wrong.

Q. What turns you on? Trees.

Q. What turns you off? Cinnamon.

Q. What sound or noise do you love? A crowd cheering in the distance.

Q. What sound or noise do you hate? A motorbike down a narrow street.

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

Q. What profession would you not like to do? Anything 9 to 5.

Q. The last film or DVD you watched? Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Q. The film that changed you and why? Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner is the first film I remember seeing as a child and realising what a film is, and what it can do. I recognised how the actors worked together to tell a story and it occurred to me that a film could be a way to say something important.

Q. Your guilty television pleasure? Top Model.

Q. Complete this sentence: The thing I love about working in the Australian film and television industry is… the genuine sense of camaraderie.

Q. Three key mentors that have inspired you?

  • My first drama teacher Michelle Williams. She gave everything to her students and recognised people’s strengths, encouraged you to love yourself and be an individual. She was also an inspiring actress to watch perform.
  • Bryan Brown. He was integral in helping me to be cast in Dirty Deeds, my first break into film. He and David Caeser recognised something in me that I always felt was there but I just needed a chance to show it. Bryan Brown is a huge inspiration to me also because he’s obviously an icon, but has remained completely down to earth, has a huge heart and is always himself. What you see is what you get and I admire that.
  • My Mum. My support, my angel, my life, my love. 

Blame is currently in limited release. You may want to check out our Reviews Wrap of the film.

Editor’s Note: Just for fun, here’s a gorgeous red carpet photo from the AFI Awards archive, featuring Kestie Morassi with fellow leading ladies from Satisfaction. If you haven’t seen her as the latex-loving madam with a heart of marshmallow, it’s worth a look. In my opinion, this is Morassi’s funniest, naughtiest and sweetest performance to date.

Leading Ladies from Satisfaction at 2008 AFI Awards

Leading ladies from Foxtel's Satisfaction on the red carpet at the 2008 AFI Awards, L-R: Madeleine West, Diana Glenn, Peta Sergeant, Kestie Morassi (in silver) & Alison Whyte.