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Sarah Bishop – Ellia Rose

Sarah Bishop is an actress and producer. She is a co-creator of girls comedy group Skit Box. Skit Box have had massive online success with their sketches, including featuring twice on the front page of Will Ferrell’s FUNNY OR DIE site. Their short film, The Artist, played at the LA Comedy Shorts Fest and they have a Christmas sketch due for release on ABC2 in December 2013.

She appeared in the MTV drama, Deadbeat Dads, the Australian/New Zealand independent feature Million Dollar Mate with Keisha Castle-Hughes, and was the lead in the 2012 DigiSPAA finalist film The Astronaut. She was also the producer of the 2012 Open Road Film Festival finalist film, Bombay Beach. In 2014 she will appear in several projects including the lead in two features: Crushed by Megan Riakos and the US feature The Trial of Joan of Arc directed by Matthew Wilder, as well as the AFTRS comedy webseries Bedhead directed by Benjamin Mathews, and the short films Emu by Kacie Anning starring Christiaan Van Vuuren and The Polygamistdirected by Craig Melville starring Martin Dingle-Wall.

In theatre she was selected to be part of a one year residency at ATYP as part of the 2009 Young Artist Program. She has performed at ATYP in Lachlan Philpott’s Bustown, and appeared at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Bill Henson and All His Children. In 2012 she appeared at the Sydney Comedy Festival in the play In the Air Tonight with the Umbillical Brother’s David Collins, Paul Michael Ayre & Nick Boshier.

She is based between Sydney and Los Angeles and is a student at the Anthony Meindl Actors Workshop in LA. Sarah will be playing the lead role of Ellia in Crushed.

Les Hill – David Rose

Les Hill has appeared in a number of Australian productions including playing Jason Moran in Underbelly, as well as House HusbandsRescue Special OpsHome & AwayEast West 101Pirates IslandFlirtingThank God He Met LizziePacific DriveWater RatsWildsideRoad KillScorchedRogue NationSeparation City and The Great Mint Swindle. In 2014, Les will reprise his role as Jason Moran in Fat Tony & Co and will appear as a cast regular on Wonderland.

Les has also been involved in productions for the United States including The Beast, and Steven Spielberg’s The Pacific, and Terra Nova.

He is currently in the process of developing a number of projects for Australian TV, including The Last Line, and is also co-producing the feature film Bride of the Dead.

Roxane Wilson – Sophie Rose

Roxane Wilson was born in Durban, South Africa, she studied at  the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Past students of the academy include Hugh Jackman, Frances O’Connor, Lisa McCune and William McInnes. After graduating, she returned to Sydney where she has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. In the theatre, she had feature roles in plays including Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Practical Mamet, Edward Albee’s Finding The Sun and Freak Winds by Marshall Napier. Audiences in Australia also know Roxane through her television work in Water Rats, Stingers and The Alice.

In 2001 Roxane married fellow actor Grant Bowler and they left Australia for Los Angeles, USA, to further their careers. During this time she took a sabbatical from acting to become a mother to their daughter Edie and to assist Grant in establishing them in the Los Angeles. This meant moving between Los Angeles, New Zealand and Sydney. During one return to Sydney Roxane and Grant’s son Ezekiel was born. A month later Roxane returned to work as one of the leads in the television series The Alice, and shortly after that the lead in the film Punishment.

Whilst in Australia, Roxane was a regular tutor at the well-respected Australian film and television school, Screenwise, as well as taking on guest roles in many television series, including the popular and long-running series Home and Away with fellow actor Georgie Parker.

During the same period, Roxane was “Angie 4 “ one of 8 Angie leads in the confronting independent film Black and White and Sex, the directorial debut of John Winter, best known for producing Rabbit-Proof Fence, Doing Time for Patsy Cline and Paperback Hero. The film has been unanimously critically acclaimed.

In addition Roxane played the lead role in the short film Emily written and directed by the celebrated student Benjamin Mathews from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. The film Emily has won awards in Australia and Belgium, as well as being officially selected for the St Kilda Festival in Melbourne, the Cannes Festival in France and the Etudes Panorama in Poland. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts in Los Angeles has also nominated it for the best student foreign film.

In 2012 Roxane returned to Los Angeles where she now resides.

Remy Brand – Zac Rose

Remy Brand is an up and coming young actor from the Central Coast, New South Wales.

Remy is the star of the new children’s show SAM FOX: EXTREME ADVENTURES due to be released in 2014 locally on Channel 10 and the Cartoon Network, as well as being sold to several other international markets.

Based on the thrilling action adventure books by popular children’s author, Justin D’Ath, the show is an action-packed comedy adventure series about teenage ‘danger magnet’ Sam Fox as he braves the wilds from open ocean to deepest jungle, coming face to face with killer sharks, man eating leopards, raging tornadoes, erupting volcanoes, deadly scorpions, giant anacondas and much, much more.

Remy has also appeared as Dan on Home & Away, and in the short film Crossed Wires, and has been in several TV commercials for brands including QANTAS, Hungry Jacks, Nurofen, Sony, Milo & Telstra.

He has a Diploma of Graphic Design and a Diploma of Photo-imaging, and has been working as a commercial photographer between acting gigs for the last 3 years.

Millie Spencer-Brown – Harriet Rose

Millie Spencer-Brown is an Australian actress who has been performing since she was a child.

In 2000, at age ten, Millie played the lead role of Monkey in the hit television drama series Water Rats. She then appeared alongside Rose Byrne, David Field & Noel Tovey in the Sydney Theatre Company’s La Dispute, directed by Benedict Andrews.

During her teens, Millie took time out to concentrate on her high school studies. In 2008, she appeared in the feature film The Black Balloon (starring Toni Collette). She played the role of Shelley in 2 episodes of the hit ABC television series Dance Academy in 2010. Then in 2011, Millie played the lead role in the short film Blue Monday (alongside actor Ryan Corr) and later received a Best Actor nomination at the St Kilda Film Festival. Blue Monday was screened at short film festivals around the globe.

Her additional short film credits include the lead role in Shift (an Optus One80Project finalist), The Bunker (dir. Kate Vinen), Virgin (dir. Angus Mullane) and Daddy’s Little Girl
(dir. Kaitlin Hasenkamp), which screened at the Cannes Film Festival. She appeared in the music video for Warner Music artist The Sundance Kids along with numerous other
television commercials.

Millie has studied extensively with Sandra Lee Patterson, Australian Theatre for Young People and the Atlantic Acting School in New York.

Aaron Glenane – Jesse

Aaron Glenane is one of Australia’s most exciting up and coming young actors. This year he played the loveable Gus in his breakout role in the highly anticipated surf film Drift starring Sam Worthington, Xavier Samuel and Myles Pollard. He received rave reviews such as “one of the standouts… Glenane really did it justice” – Salty Popcorn, “impactful” – SBS Film, “a memorable performance” – Sight on Sound and “hands in the best performance in the film” – X-Press magazine. It was released both nationally and internationally to box office and critical acclaim.

In 2008 Aaron played Bucko, the ultimate school bully, in The Black Balloon (Winner of the Chrystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival) alongside Toni Collette, Luke Ford, Rhys Wakefield, Gemma Ward and Erik Thompson. He followed this up playing Larry, the drug riddled dodgy dealer, in Concealed starring Simon Lyndon, Paul Tassone and Denise Roberts. In 2011 he had his first taste for motion capture when he provided much of the tap dancing in George Miller’s Happy Feet 2.

In 2012 he played Travis, an agoraphobic IT stalker, in the BBC telemovie Dripping in Chocolate, starring David Wenham and Louise Lombard, directed by Mark Joffe. In 2013 he completed a guest role on the ABC mini series Janet King playing Collard, a street kid trying to fit in with a biker gang, alongside Vince Colosimo, Damian Walshe-Howling and Marta Dusseldorp. Aaron also played the shifty mechanic Joe alongside Sam Neil and Bryan Brown in Old School directed by Gregor Jordan. Past TV credits include guest roles in Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business and the acclaimed Puberty Blues.

His theatre credits include Dein Perry’s internationally acclaimed Tap Dogs, A Case for Gesture, a mime extravaganza, and Journey’s End where he played the ever-innocent Raleigh.

He is actively writing, directing and producing many creative works. In 2011 he co-wrote and co-directed his first short film with Heather Maltman La Clé du Tourment. He recently starred in the short film Cash Cow – a 63% true story, a finalist this year at Tropfest where it was a crowd and media favourite. Aaron graduated from The Actors Pulse in 2012 and was awarded Student of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Robert Preston – Lucas

Robert Preston is an Australian actor based in Sydney & Brisbane. He is a graduate of the prestigious NIDA drama school.

His first job out of drama school was as ‘Drake’ on the award winning US Fox sci-fi adventure TV series ‘Terra Nova’. Robert recently appeared as ‘Colin’ in Season 2 of ABC series ‘Redfern Now’ alongside Leah Purcell, Les Chantery and Ewan Leslie.

In theatre he has appeared at the Yellamundie Playwriting Festival and in the play ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ directed by Wesley Enoch at the Queensland Theatre Company.

He has also appeared in the short film ‘The Rose Tattoo’.

Jamie Irvine – Ivan

Jamie has spent fifteen years working as an actor on both sides of the Tasman. On Screen Jamie’s biggest role to date was as the Narrator, Ben Charlton in Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud. He has also appeared in numerous productions including Anzac Girls Out of the Blue, Home and Away, Shortland St, The Strip, The Tribe, Atlantis High as well as short films: Blue Bird (2013), The Shed (2011), Nightstorm (2011), All Blacks Don’t Cry (2010), Vinyl (2008) and Winners and losers (2007).

Jamie’s theatre credits include Dog’s Barking (Sydney Fringe, 2012), Sydney Ghost Stories (Old Fitzroy, 2009), Colder (Stables,2008), Soldier and the Thief… (Old Fitzroy,2008), Class Enemy (NIDA, 2007), Kikia the Poa (Producer, Actor, Old Fitzroy,206), 7 Blowjobs (Belvoir, 2006) and various NIDA productions. He also toured New Zealand as part of the cast of Blood Brothers in 2001.

Aside from acting Jamie is an Acting Coach and Director at Actors Centre Australia. He has voiced hundreds of TV and radio commercials for New Zealand and Australia.
Jamie co-founded the Really Really Serious Theatre company and in 2009; Picture This Productions a collaboration of five local artists responsible for Sydney Ghost Stories. In 2009 he received a Mike Walsh Fellowship to train in New York with Susan Batson and at the Stella Adler Studio. Jamie has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from NIDA and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington. This year he has spent time working and looking for work in both Sydney and Los Angeles.

Helmut Bakaitis – Sgt O’Reilly

Helmut graduated from NIDA in 1965 and since then has had a varied career as an actor, writer and director. His acting credits are extensive including several productions at the Melbourne Theatre Company; the Sydney Theatre Company, the Old Tote Theatre, Jane Street Theatre and the Belvoir Street Theatre.

Helmut’s career has also extended into film and television where he has appeared in Stork, Shirley Thompson Versus the Aliens, Outbreak of Love and Romeo & Juliet (ABC), I Can’t Get Started, Home and Away, Homicide, Division Four and Matlock (Crawfords), and was both actor and assistant to the director on the mini-series Melba.

His most recent work has included the role of the Architect in Matrix Reloadedand Matrix Revolutions, The Illustrated Family Doctor, the Academy Award nominated The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, Happy Feet, Home and regular appearances on All Saints.

Helmut is also the author of a number of successful plays, including Shadows of Blood (Nimrod St.), The Incredible Mind Blowing Trial of Jack Smith, Carlotta and Maximillian.