Devil’s in the detail

on .

Anthony Hayes and Ewen Leslie play Bernie Banton and Matt Peacock respectively in ABC’s Devil’s Dust. Karol Foyle speaks with them about how they prepared for their roles and the challenges they faced – not least in the make-up department

Portraying a real person is a daunting undertaking for any actor but when that person is a public figure twice your age, who died fighting for a very public cause, it comes bundled with additional pressures. That’s the challenge Anthony Hayes faced when he took on the role of Bernie Banton in the ABC’s Devil’s Dust, a two-part telemovie which will start on Sunday November 11 on ABC1.

The Casting Hothouse

on .

This November Equity members in Australia and New Zealand will get the chance to hone their auditioning, acting and accent skills with top casting agents from Australia, the US and New Zealand.

The Australian Casting Hothouse will take place at the Australian Film, Television and Radio school in Sydney from Friday November 16 to Sunday November 18. For further details and to submit your application click here. APPLICATIONS CLOSE MONDAY OCT 22!

The New Zealand Casting Hothouse will take place at the Q Theatre in Auckland from Tuesday November 20 to Thursday November 22, 2012. For further details and to submit your application click here. APPLICATIONS CLOSE THURSDAY, OCT 25!

The Casting Hothouse is free of charge to financial members of Actors Equity. Actors Equity runs a national program of events which are free of charge for our financial members. The Casting Hothouse is part of Equity’s commitment to ensuring performers get every opportunity to excel. If your membership is in arrears or you would like to join Actors Equity please contact our Membership Centre on 1300 65 65 13.


Ron Haddrick honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

on .

Ron Haddrick
Ron Haddrick and Andrew Buchanan in QTC's Water Falling Down last year

With a career in film, television, radio and theatre spanning seven decades and a passion for assisting performers in need, Ron Haddrick’s name came up time and time again when Australian performers were asked to nominate and select the winner of the 2012 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by FOXTEL.

Equity president Simon Burke said: “Ron perfectly epitomises what this award is all about – honouring those inspiring performers who have spent literally a lifetime combining a phenomenal career with generous leadership and selfless mentorship.

Ron’s astonishing body of work, dating back to 1946, and his commitment to the NSW Actors Benevolent Fund – which raises funds for performers who are unable to work due to injury, illness or disability – makes him an ideal recipient of this year’s Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Giving ’em Elle

on .

Lucy Durack can’t believe her luck, scoring the lead in another hit musical. She speaks with Lizzie Franks about her current role in Legally Blonde, the show that has taken Broadway and the West End by storm

Lucy Durack says she “absolutely fell in love” with Legally Blonde the Musical when she saw it for the first time on Broadway. Little did Durack know that a few years later she would land the coveted lead role in the Australian production. Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, the musical was the surprise hit of Broadway when it premiered in 2007 and is now in its third sold-out year on the West End. It has won a swag of awards, including the prestigious Best New Musical award at last year’s Oliviers.


Steering a course for LA

on .

An impressive number of Aussie actors are flying high after this year’s US pilot season. Lizzie Franks reports on who they are and how they got there

Most Australian actors are familiar with the craziness that is ‘pilot season’, either through personal experience or the war stories they’ve heard from friends. Sleeping on couches, traffic gridlock, exhaustion, nerves and angst are some of the defining traits of the whole ordeal.

Pilot season is that time of year (usually mid-January to mid-April) when the major US networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW and Fox – ask writers, producers and studios to cast and produce a prototype of the first episode of a television series. Although they can be filmed any time of year, most are produced during pilot season. So it’s no wonder actors from all over the world flock to Los Angeles to try their luck, hoping for their big break.


The Equity Magazine


Keep up to date with all things Equity with The Equity Magazine. Make sure your details are up to date at MEAA.ORG or call MEAA Member Central on 1300 65 65 12.