Re­becca Gib­ney


From The Fly­ing Doc­tors to Packed to the Rafters, New Zealand-born Re­becca Gib­ney has been one of Australia’s favourite ac­tors for al­most three decades. She pro­duced and stars in new crime se­ries Win­ter, which starts where tele­movie The Killing Field left off.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on turn­ing 50 in De­cem­ber. Did it feel any dif­fer­ent to turn­ing 30 or 40? No, apart from be­ing a lit­tle (more) tired. But I’m a lot wiser and a lot more com­fort­able with who I am.

You’ve cer­tainly dis­proved the idea fe­male ac­tors over 40 can’t get jobs … If you can’t find them then go and cre­ate them!

Were Bri­tish crime dra­mas in­spi­ra­tion for Win­ter? A lit­tle bit. Ob­vi­ously with the suc­cess of Broad­church, The Killing and The Bridge we did want to cre­ate some­thing in a sim­i­lar vein, but we wanted it to be very Aus­tralian.

Was the The Killing Field al­ways in­tended to be a se­ries? It was al­ways the hope but you never know. Once upon a time Rafters would rate 2 mil­lion, now most dra­mas are lucky to get 700,000.

Given that, were you ner­vous when The Killing Field rated “just” 1.166 mil­lion? Yes I was ac­tu­ally!

On mak­ing Win­ter, what did you want to change from the orig­i­nal tele­movie? I think we def­i­nitely needed to ex­plore the char­ac­ters more. So we go home with (Eve Win­ter), we get to see her fam­ily, we get to see what makes her tick and as the se­ries goes on we’ll get to see her out of her depth and strug­gling with el­e­ments of the case, which is good.

Af­ter be­ing a stay-at-home mum for a while, what was it like work­ing long hours again? I un­der­es­ti­mated the chal­lenge of be­ing a pro­ducer and ac­tor at the same time. As much as I loved it, and I did rel­ish it, I’d do a 10-12hour day then come home and watch rushes and try and learn my lines and make notes, then get up at 5am to go to work. My fab­u­lous hus­band and son had to put up with my ab­sence quite of­ten.

Your sis­ter Stella’s book It Will Get Bet­ter de­tailed her kid­nap­ping and sex­ual as­sault as well as a trou­bled home life with a some­times vi­o­lent al­co­holic fa­ther. Did read­ing it dredge up some bad mem­o­ries? I ac­tu­ally en­cour­aged her to write the book. Yes there were mo­ments that were re­ally sad and there were things I didn’t know about her strug­gle, which were dif­fi­cult but that’s her story and good on her for putting it out there.

Da­mon Herriman’s char­ac­ter “fan­ta­sises” over your Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly cover in the film 100 Bloody Acres. What did you think of mem­o­rable ap­pear­ance? (Laugh­ing) I only saw that a few months ago. It was hi­lar­i­ous! They asked me about that, they said do you mind if we do this? I read the script and I laughed and laughed. I was very flat­tered to be hon­est.


Re­becca Gib­ney shines in new drama Win­ter.

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