All screen for Tji­irdm

GUILD­FORD Gram­mar School stu­dent Tji­irdm McGuire hits the small screen in a lead role next week.

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Kristie Lim

GUILD­FORD Gram­mar School Year 9 stu­dent Tji­irdm McGuire, set to make his tele­vi­sion de­but, dreams of be­com­ing WA’s next Heath Ledger.

The 13- year- old plays the lead role of Yar in NITV’s first live- ac­tion se­ries Grace Be­side Me, which will air on Fe­bru­ary 16.

The se­ries, di­rected by Lynn- Maree Danzey, Beck Cole and Nicholas Verso, is adapted from the award- win­ning novel by Sue McPher­son.

It was co- com­mis­sioned with ABC Me, while the Dis­ney Chan­nel li­censed the se­ries in Aus­tralia and NZ.

Grace Be­side Me is based on the story of indige­nous teenager Fuzzy Mac, who wants to be an or­di­nary teenager, de­spite her an­ces­tors hav­ing other plans and her be­ing able to see ghosts.

Tji­irdm, who was the first Abo­rig­i­nal head boy at Hill­crest Pri­mary School in 2015, said he filmed the se­ries for about three months in Beaudesert in the south­east of Queens­land.

“Yar is re­ally odd – he is dif­fer­ent, he is flam­boy­ant, likes to think out­side of the box, he al­ways has an idea which sounds crazy but works,” he said.

Fol­low­ing his roles in films Three Sum­mers, Eleven Days and The Range, the ac­tor of four years be­lieved the se­ries was “spe­cial”.

“It brings out that Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture,” Tji­irdm said.

He said his short- term goal was to fo­cus on school be­fore pur­su­ing act­ing.

“I’m in Year 9 now and I got Naplan test­ing com­ing up so I got to study,” he said.

“When I was young, I used to get up and dance and sing for Mum and Dad.

“So, that’s where Mum got the idea to put me on a web­site and then we got lit­tle short films, build up to my agent and that’s where I’m at.

“Long- term ( goal) would ba­si­cally be WA’s next Heath Ledger.”

Grace Be­side Me is on weekly on NITV from Fe­bru­ary 16 at 7.30pm.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d478937

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