Toni Collett, credited professionally as Toni Collette, is an Australian actress and musician, known for her acting work on stage and film, as well as a secondary career as the lead singer of the band Toni Collette & the Finish. She has received six AACTA Awards, one Primetime Emmy Award, one Golden Globe Award and one Screen Actors Guild Award, has been nominated twice for a British Academy Film Award and both once for an Academy Award and a Tony Award. Collette's acting career began in the early 1990s with comedic roles in films such as Spotswood and Muriel's Wedding. For the latter, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. In 1999, she achieved international recognition as a result of her Oscar-nominated portrayal of Lynn Sear in The Sixth Sense, a year made her Tony Award-nominated Broadway debut with the lead role in the musical The Wild Party. In the 2000s, she received acclaim for her roles in independent features such as About a Boy, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA, Little Miss Sunshine, which earned her an SAG Award as well as her second Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations.
Her other films include: Emma, Velvet Goldmine, Changing Lanes, The Hours, In Her Shoes, The Night Listener, Fright Night, Hitchcock, Lucky Them, Enough Said, Miss You Already, Imperium, XXX: Return of Xander Cage, Hereditary. From 2009 to 2011, she played the lead roles on the television series United States of Tara, for which she won Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress. Collette returned to Broadway in 2014 in The Realistic Joneses, for which she earned a Drama Desk Special Award. Toni Collett was born in Blacktown, a suburb in Sydney, the daughter of Judith, a customer-service representative, Bob Collett, a truck driver, she added an "e" at the end to be her stage name. In a 2015 episode of Who Do You Think You Are? she discovered that her biological paternal grandfather was an American Chief Petty Officer in the U. S. Navy stationed in Australia during World War II. From an early age, Collette showed a talent for acting, she faked appendicitis when she was eleven, was so convincing that doctors removed her appendix, although tests showed nothing wrong with it.
She attended Blacktown Girls' High School until the age of 16, attended both the Australian Theatre for Young People and National Institute of Dramatic Art. Her first acting role was onstage in the musical Godspell in Sydney in her early teens. Collette made her television debut in 1990, in a guest appearance on the Seven Network drama series A Country Practice. In 1992, she made her feature film debut as part of the ensemble comedy-drama Spotswood, which starred Anthony Hopkins and which featured Russell Crowe. Collette soon rocketed to international notice with her performance in the title role for Muriel's Wedding in 1994, a role for which she gained 18 kg in seven weeks, she won the Australian award for Best Actress as Muriel, her first of five Australian Film Institute awards. In 1996, she was part of the ensemble cast of the comedy, Così, had a leading role in Emma as the naïve Harriet Smith. In 1998, she appeared based on a Sydney stage play of the same name. In Her Shoes and Fun Moms Dinner She has received broad acclaim on Broadway, starring as Queenie in Michael John LaChiusa's musical work, The Wild Party.
For this role, Collette was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Collette turned down the title role in Bridget Jones's Diary because she was committed to perform on Broadway at the time. In 2000, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as the mother of a troubled boy in the 1999 U. S. film The Sixth Sense, which starred Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. In 2000, she was the voice of Meg Bluegum Bunyip's mother in The Magic Pudding based on the iconic children's book by Norman Lindsay. In 2003, Collette played the lead role in Japanese Story as an Australian geologist traversing an arc of emotions in the course of an intense relationship with a visiting Japanese businessman, her powerful performance led to numerous reviewers welcoming her back to playing lead roles, the first time since Muriel's Wedding and scored her performance as riveting. Collette won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress for her performance. In 2004, Collette starred with Nia Vardalos and David Duchovny in the musical comedy Connie and Carla, released by Universal Studios.
Collette's only film in 2005 was In Her Shoes, a comedy-drama about the relationship between two different sisters and their estranged grandmother, co-starring Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine. Based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Jennifer Weiner, the production received positive reviews from critics, became a moderate independent success, earning a total of US$82.2 million worldwide. Collette was subsequently nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Actress for her performance of a successful-but-lonely lawyer with low self-esteem, which Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle noted the focus of the film: "As usual, Collette's face is a fine-tuned transmitter of her emotions, moment by moment, she becomes the locus of audience feeling."In 2006, Collette starred in Little Miss Sunshine, a comedy-drama-road movie about a family's trip to a children's beauty pageant. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006, its distribution rights were bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures for one of the biggest dea
Susie Porter is an Australian television and film actress. Porter was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, to Bill, a doctor, Jenny, a nurse, she has two older sisters and Jackie, a younger sister, Louise. Porter attended Newcastle Grammar School and earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Newcastle, she graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1995. Porter began her acting career in an episode of a short lived television program, she had small roles in other Australian television programs in the late 1990s, including Big Sky and Water Rats. In 1997, she starred. In 2006, Porter had a leading role in RAN, an Australian mini-series, which won her a Best Leading Actress in a Television Drama at the AFI Awards. In late 2007, she appeared in East West 101, a six-part drama series that aired on SBS. In 2008, Porter appeared in the mini-series Make Or Break. In 2009, Porter appeared on the second seasons of both East of Everything and East West 101, first run The Jesters and My Place.
In 2010, she appeared on the telemovie Sisters of War as Kay Parker. In 2011, she appeared in the third, final season, of East West 101. In 2012, she appeared on Channel Ten's mini-series Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, she played Pam Knight in Puberty Blues from 2012 to 2014. In 2017, Porter was cast in the Foxtel drama series Wentworth in the main role Marie Winter. Porter first appeared in Wentworth during the fourth episode of the sixth season, broadcast on 10 July 2018, she will reprise her role for the seventh season, which will air in 2019. In 1996, Porter made her film debut in Idiot Box. In 1999, she had a major role in Two Hands. In 2000, she starred in the film Bootmen and in the crime drama film The Monkey's Mask, which she plays a lesbian private detective who falls in love with a suspect. For which she won the award for'Best Actress' at the Dallas OUT TAKES festival in 2001. In 2001, she appeared in the Australian movie Mullet and had a small role in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
In 2005, Porter had a supporting role in the Australian film Little Fish. In 2006, she had a role in the film The Caterpillar Wish which won her Best Supporting Actress in the AFI Awards. In 2015, Porter starred in "Is this the real world". In 2011, Porter starred as Olive in the play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll at the Belvoir Theatre, Sydney. 2009 – Best Lead Actress in Television Drama for East West 101 at the AFI Awards 2007 – Most Outstanding Actress for RAN at the Logies 2006 – Best Lead Actress in Television Drama for RAN at the AFI Awards 2006 – Best Supporting Actress for The Caterpillar Wish at the AFI AwardsAlso been nominated at the AFI Awards in: 2011 – Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama 2003 – Best Actress in a Leading Role for Teesh and Trude 2000 – Best Actress in a Leading Role for Better Than Sex 1999 – Best Supporting Actress for Two Hands Susie Porter on IMDb
AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role is an accolade given by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to "identify, award and celebrate Australia's greatest achievements in film and television." The award is handed out at the annual AACTA Awards, which rewards achievements in feature film, television and short films. From 1976–2010, the category was presented by the Australian Film Institute, the Academy's parent organisation, at the annual Australian Film Institute Awards; when the AFI launched the Academy in 2011, it changed the annual ceremony to the AACTA Awards, with the current prize being a continuum of the AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting. Toni Collette and Judy Davis are the most awarded actresses in this category with three wins each. Candidates for this award must be human and female, cannot be nominated in the leading actress category for the same role in the same production. Official website of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts
A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their emotional relationships. The term soap opera originated from radio dramas being sponsored by soap manufacturers. BBC Radio's The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world's longest-running radio soap opera; the first serial considered to be a "soap opera" was Painted Dreams, which debuted on October 20, 1930 on Chicago radio station WGN. Early radio series such as Painted Dreams were broadcast in weekday daytime slots five days a week. Most of the listeners would be housewives. Thus, the shows were consumed by a predominantly female audience; the first nationally broadcast radio soap opera was Clara, Lu, Em, which aired on the NBC Blue Network at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time on January 27, 1931. A crucial element that defines the soap opera is the open-ended serial nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. One of the defining features that makes a television program a soap opera, according to Albert Moran, is "that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative.
Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode". In 2012, Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Lloyd wrote of daily dramas, "Although melodramatically eventful, soap operas such as this have a luxury of space that makes them seem more naturalistic. You spend more time with the minor characters. An individual episode of a soap opera will switch between several different concurrent narrative threads that may at times interconnect and affect one another or may run independent to each other; each episode may feature some of the show's current storylines, but not always all of them. In daytime serials and those that are broadcast each weekday, there is some rotation of both storyline and actors so any given storyline or actor will appear in some but not all of a week's worth of episodes. Soap operas bring all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time; when one storyline ends, there are several other story threads at differing stages of development.
Soap opera episodes end on some sort of cliffhanger, the season finale ends in the same way, only to be resolved when the show returns for the start of a new yearly broadcast. Evening soap operas and those that air at a rate of one episode per week are more to feature the entire cast in each episode, to represent all current storylines in each episode. Evening soap operas and serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger. In 1976, Time magazine described American daytime television as "TV's richest market," noting the loyalty of the soap opera fan base and the expansion of several half-hour series into hour-long broadcasts in order to maximize ad revenues; the article explained that at that time, many prime time series lost money, while daytime serials earned profits several times more than their production costs. The issue's cover notably featured its first daytime soap stars, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives, a married couple whose onscreen and real-life romance was covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press at large.
The main characteristics that define soap operas are "an emphasis on family life, personal relationships, sexual dramas and moral conflicts. Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place, or focus on a large extended family; the storylines follow personal relationships of these characters. "Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as'chance happenings, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings.'" These elements may be found from EastEnders to Dallas. Due to the prominence of English-language television, most soap-operas are English. However, several South African soap operas started incorporating a multi-language format, the most prominent being 7de Laan, which incorporates Afrikaans, English and several other Bantu languages which make up the 11 Official Languages of South Africa. In many soap operas, in particular daytime serials in the US, the characters are attractive, seductive and wealthy.
Soap operas from the United Kingdom and Australia tend to focus on more everyday characters and situations, are set in working class environments. Many of the soaps produced in those two countries explore social realist storylines such as family discord, marriage breakdown or financial problems. Both UK and Australian soap operas feature comedic elements affectionate comic stereotypes such as the gossip or the grumpy old man, presented as a comic foil to the emotional turmoil that surrounds them; this diverges from US soap operas. UK soap operas make a claim to presenting "reality
Heatwave is a 1982 Australian film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the murder of Juanita Nielsen. It was the second of two films inspired by this story that came out around this time, the first being The Killing of Angel Street. Around Christmastime, a heatwave hits an architect undertakes a controversial project. Judy Davis as Kate Dean Richard Moir as Stephen West Chris Haywood as Peter Houseman Bill Hunter as Robert Duncan John Gregg as Philip Lawson John Meillon as Freddy Dwyer Dennis Miller as Mick Davies Carole Skinner as Mary Ford The original script was called King's Cross and was written by Tim Gooding and Mark Stiles; the final script was by Mark Rosenberg. Phil Noyce: Heatwave was the story of a working-class Protestant boy who made good. I don't know whether audiences realised that, but we had always assumed that he was a working-class Protestant and that Judy Davis's character was a middle-class Catholic girl. She, in the Catholic saintly tradition, had adopted a social cause - had set herself up as the spokesperson and protector of the working class.
He, as a working-class boy, of course, was now forced to confront the moral implications of his own success and how that affected other people. In a way, the religious and ethnic backgrounds of the two characters were just a continuation of the conflicts that we had seen in Newsfront, but Australia had by this stage moved from a principally working-class and upper-class society to a principally middle-class society. That's captured in the atmosphere of inner Sydney, its buildings and the regulations of law and government. Reflecting on the film Noyce said: I’d have no doubt shot it differently … told the story differently, today... Maybe that's. I might have made the connections between the conspirators more certain, rather than implied. Heatwave belongs to a different era in a time when we took a lot risks. I guess that comes with youth – the youth of the director and the youth of that second new wave of filmmakers, it was a time when there was a love affair between audiences and Australian cinema, something which these days is rather on and off.
The film was nominated for two AFI Awards in 1982. Heatwave grossed $267,000 at the box office in Australia, equivalent to $776,970 in 2009 dollars. Heatwave was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in July 2007; the DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer, Umbrella Entertainment trailers, a stills gallery, an interview with Phillip Noyce, Sweating It Out. Cinema of Australia Murray, Scott, ed.. Australian Cinema. St. Leonards, NSW.: Allen & Unwin/AFC. P. 259. ISBN 1-86373-311-6. Heatwave on IMDb Heatwave at Oz Movies
Cleverman is an Australian television drama program based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen. The series premiered on 1 June 2016 on SundanceTV in the United States and 2 June on ABC in Australia; the six-part drama series reimagines several stories of the Aboriginal Dreamtime in a modern, superheroic context, reflects on racism, asylum seekers and border protection. Its central story revolves around two estranged Gumbaynggirr brothers who are forced together to fight for their own survival when one of them is passed the mantle of the "Cleverman". Creatures from the Dreaming feature in the series' real world dystopian landscape; the series was renewed for a second season on 2 June 2016, set six months and has received A$450,000 in funding from Screen NSW. The Cleverman is an important figure in many Australian Aboriginal cultures. Series creator Ryan Griffen describes the Cleverman as "like the Pope of the Dreamtime... the conduit between the present and the Dreaming". The version in the television series combines many Cleverman traditions from different Aboriginal clans to create a superheroic version, with powers relating to the Dreaming's connection to past and future.
The Hairypeople or "Hairies" are designed by Jacob Nash, production designer for the Australian Aboriginal Bangarra Dance Theatre, realised by the Weta Workshop, known for their work on The Lord of The Rings and other fantasy and science fiction films. The Hairypeople in Cleverman are inspired by Australian Aboriginal mythology of hairymen drawn from multiple Aboriginal peoples, including the Gamilaraay and Bundjalung people of northern New South Wales. In the series, they speak another language from northern New South Wales. In the world of Cleverman, Hairies are stronger and hardier than humans, covered in thick facial and body hair, have tough, sharp fingernails, they have much longer lifespans. They share some things with Aboriginal Australians, including a knowledge of land and the Dreaming, their DNA differs enough from humans to be considered a different species. They come to the notice of modern human society six months prior to the beginning of the series, in an event known as "Emergence Day".
Those who choose to live their lives as they always have—covered in a coat of hair and speaking their traditional languages—are confined to "The Zone" by a fearful government. To escape, some Hairies become "shavers", learning to speak English and removing their body hair in order to blend in with human society. Hunter Page-Lochard as Koen West, Waruu's half-brother, an outcast who lives with his white friends Blair and Ash. To fund their pub,'The Couch', he smuggles Hairypeople for money turns them over to the CA for the reward; this results in the death of young Hairy girl Jyra. After the passing of his Uncle Jimmy, Koen inherits the powers of the Cleverman and gains abilities such as healing, the left eye of the Cleverman, the ability to see visions when touching others or from the dreaming, along with the war club Nulla Nulla, he has a toxic relationship with his half brother Waruu, which grows worse with jealousy as Waruu always wanted to be Cleverman. Koen ran away from the Zone and was found by Blair, becoming friends while having a secret affair with Blair's girlfriend, Ash.
Over the course of the series he begins to accept his role as Cleverman, finding redemption in his previous actions and facing up to Waruu. Koen kills the namorrodor, usurping Waruu as leader of the community. Rob Collins as Waruu West, Koen's older half brother, activist for equal rights amongst humans and subhumans, who hoped to be chosen to be the next Cleverman. Married to Nerida and father of Alinta. Lives in the Zone. Deborah Mailman as Aunty Linda, estranged mother of Waruu and adoptive mother of Koen. Lives in the Zone. Iain Glen as Jarrod Slade, married to Charlotte and an enterprising man whose agenda involves the Hairypeople and Koen. Frances O'Connor as Dr Charlotte Cleary, married to Slade, yet is unsuspecting of his agenda. A humanitarian, she runs a free clinic in the Zone. Ryan Corr as Blair Finch, Koen's childhood friend and the boyfriend of Ash. Tasma Walton as Araluen, a Hairy woman, caring wife of Boondee and mother of Djukara and Jyra. Was captured and forced to work in Frankie's brothel, servicing Geoff Matthews.
Tony Briggs as Boondee, a Hairy man, protective husband of Araluen and father to Djukara and Jyra. Still held in containment. Stef Dawson as Ash Kerry, Blair's girlfriend, in a complex relationship with Koen. Jada Alberts as Nerida West, Waruu's wife and Alinta's mother. Has a strong relationship with Linda and knows of her husband's adultery. Lives in the Zone. Tamala Shelton as Alinta West and Nerida's daughter. An ally to the Hairypeople and resentful of the adulterous relationships of both her father and mother. Lives in the Zone. Rarriwuy Hick as Latani, a young Hairy woman, daughter of Araluen and Boondee, sister to Djukara and Jyra; the only member of her family to avoid capture, she makes her way to the befriends Alinta. Tysan Towney as Djukara, a young Hairy man, son of Araluen and Boondee, brother to Latani and Jyra, he is hot-tempered and influenced. Waruu and Harry take him to the Zone with Mungo and Kulya. Andrew McFarlane as Geoff Matthews, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, against the Hairypeople, though his true agenda is to redevelop the Zone.
He is a client of Frankie's, serviced by Araluen. Marcus Graham as Steve McIntyre, who directs the Containment Authority, a private security outfi
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders"; as of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to 65% of the state's population. Indigenous Australians have inhabited the Sydney area for at least 30,000 years, thousands of engravings remain throughout the region, making it one of the richest in Australia in terms of Aboriginal archaeological sites. During his first Pacific voyage in 1770, Lieutenant James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to chart the eastern coast of Australia, making landfall at Botany Bay and inspiring British interest in the area.
In 1788, the First Fleet of convicts, led by Arthur Phillip, founded Sydney as a British penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Phillip named the city Sydney in recognition of 1st Viscount Sydney. Penal transportation to New South Wales ended soon after Sydney was incorporated as a city in 1842. A gold rush occurred in the colony in 1851, over the next century, Sydney transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre. After World War II, it experienced mass migration and became one of the most multicultural cities in the world. At the time of the 2011 census, more than 250 different languages were spoken in Sydney. In the 2016 Census, about 35.8% of residents spoke a language other than English at home. Furthermore, 45.4% of the population reported having been born overseas, making Sydney the 3rd largest foreign born population of any city in the world after London and New York City, respectively. Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, the 2018 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks Sydney tenth in the world in terms of quality of living, making it one of the most livable cities.
It is classified as an Alpha+ World City by Globalization and World Cities Research Network, indicating its influence in the region and throughout the world. Ranked eleventh in the world for economic opportunity, Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance and tourism. There is a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations in Sydney and the city is promoted as Australia's financial capital and one of Asia Pacific's leading financial hubs. Established in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia's first university and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities. Sydney is home to the oldest library in Australia, State Library of New South Wales, opened in 1826. Sydney has hosted major international sporting events such as the 2000 Summer Olympics; the city is among the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city's landmarks. Boasting over 1,000,000 ha of nature reserves and parks, its notable natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, Royal Botanic Garden and Hyde Park, the oldest parkland in the country.
Built attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House are well known to international visitors. The main passenger airport serving the metropolitan area is Kingsford-Smith Airport, one of the world's oldest continually operating airports. Established in 1906, Central station, the largest and busiest railway station in the state, is the main hub of the city's rail network; the first people to inhabit the area now known as Sydney were indigenous Australians having migrated from northern Australia and before that from southeast Asia. Radiocarbon dating suggests human activity first started to occur in the Sydney area from around 30,735 years ago. However, numerous Aboriginal stone tools were found in Western Sydney's gravel sediments that were dated from 45,000 to 50,000 years BP, which would indicate that there was human settlement in Sydney earlier than thought; the first meeting between the native people and the British occurred on 29 April 1770 when Lieutenant James Cook landed at Botany Bay on the Kurnell Peninsula and encountered the Gweagal clan.
He noted in his journal that they were somewhat hostile towards the foreign visitors. Cook was not commissioned to start a settlement, he spent a short time collecting food and conducting scientific observations before continuing further north along the east coast of Australia and claiming the new land he had discovered for Britain. Prior to the arrival of the British there were 4,000 to 8,000 native people in Sydney from as many as 29 different clans; the earliest British settlers called the natives Eora people. "Eora" is the term the indigenous population used to explain their origins upon first contact with the British. Its literal meaning is "from this place". Sydney Cove from Port Jackson to Petersham was inhabited by the Cadigal clan; the principal language groups were Darug and Dharawal. The earliest Europeans to visit the area noted that the indigenous people were conducting activities such as camping and fishing, using trees for bark and food, collecting shells, cooking fish. Britain—before that, England—and Ireland had for a long time been sending their convicts across the Atlantic to the American colonies.
That trade was ended with the Declaration of Independence by the United States in 1776. Britain decided in 1786 to found a new penal outpost in the territory discovered by Cook some 16 years ear