THE BIG ASK DAVID FIELD

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Ghosts of the Civil Dead

Two Hands, Chop­per Get­tin’ Square, for which he re­ceived an AFI nom­i­na­tion in 2003.

In 2001, he re­ceived a Best Ac­tor AFI for his role in the tele­movie My Hus­band, My Killer and has starred along­side Colin Friels in the Black­jack tele­movies.

TV view­ers will see more of Jarvis over com­ing months when he tem­po­rar­ily re­places Det Supt Ber­nice Waver­ley (Noni Ha­zle­hurst) as head of the City Homi­cide team. BOLD, brash, old-school, ma­nip­u­la­tive and sly— th­ese are just some of the (mainly un­flat­ter­ing) ad­jec­tives as­cribed to City Homi­cide’s Det Supt Terry Jarvis.

As all ac­tors know, you have the best fun play­ing a bad­die so David Field, who plays Jarvis, is hav­ing a ball on Chan­nel 7’s Mel­bourne-made crime drama.

Field won raves for his de­but in the movie and shone in and Terry Jarvis is a piece of work. Do you en­joy play­ing him? I’ve had a ball. You don’t re­ally know what he’s go­ing to do and that’s in­ter­est­ing. His char­ac­ter can come in and cause trou­ble. I gather he takes a more prom­i­nent role in the new se­ries. Jarvis is pushed from the drug squad into homi­cide and he’s not par­tic­u­larly happy about it. He doesn’t have a great deal of faith in the crew. He thinks they’re a bit raw and that they don’t play out­side the square enough. They play a lit­tle too much by the rules.

That comes from Shane’s (Bourne) char­ac­ter (Det-Sen-Sgt Stan­ley Wolfe). Jarvis thinks he’s too sweet and could prob­a­bly use the tele­phone book a bit more of­ten. Be­cause Jarvis is old-school, he reck­ons homi­cide need a bit of dirty­ing up.

He’s quite happy to be there to put a bunger up them. Noni Ha­zle­hurst is quite a for­mi­da­ble ac­tor. What’s it like work­ing op­po­site her? I’ve known Noni for a cou­ple of foot­ball sea­sons— and Shane and Aaron (Ped­er­sen) and Na­dine (Gar­ner). Yes, Noni is for­mi­da­ble but I’m happy to go in there box­ing with her. We have re­spect for each other and there’s a lot of room to move (as an ac­tor) with Noni be­cause she’s such a good ac­tor. Shane Bourne’s ca­reer has been in­ter­est­ing— go­ing from peo­ple think­ing he’s just a co­me­dian to one of our most re­spected dra­matic ac­tors. I have great re­spect for Shane. Peo­ple in this busi­ness can get cyn­i­cal and sar­cas­tic about some­one like Shane but he was out do­ing his stuff in clubs when there was no work about as a stand-up comic. He’s gone through the tough times and he’s the sort of pro who comes out the other side winning. I tip my hat to that. A lot of film ac­tors look down at TV work. What are your thoughts? Tele­vi­sion has re­ally picked up its game in the past 10 years. Peo­ple such as (Seven’s head of drama) John Holmes are great pros— they know their stuff. You’ve done quite a lot of di­rect­ing in the the­atre (in­clud­ing Dealer’s Choice and Who’sAfraid­ofVir­ginia Woolf). Would you be in­ter­ested in di­rect­ing episodes of City Homi­cide? I’d di­rect any­thing. It’s a lot of fun. I’ve ac­tu­ally just fin­ished di­rect­ing a fea­ture film, The Com­bi­na­tion, which is open­ing around March. It’s a Le­banese/Aus­tralian film set in the west­ern sub­urbs of Syd­ney. About 70 per cent of the kids in it are off the street and they’re ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. They’re a heck of a lot bet­ter than some of the (pro­fes­sional) ac­tors I’ve worked with.

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