Sianoa re­turns as a ru­ral rebel teen

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The last time Sianoa SmitMcPhee was on Aus­tralian screens she was play­ing re­bel­lious teenager Bree Tim­mons on Neigh­bours.

Now, for the first time since she left our shores for Amer­ica in 2007, she’s back play­ing an­other re­bel­lious teenager. Al­though this time, the mood is far darker and things may not end so hap­pily for every­one in the neigh­bour­hood.

Smit-McPhee plays Chloe in The Kettering In­ci­dent —a com­plex, al­most gothic drama which is part mur­der mys­tery, part sci-fi, part stylised film noir.

Her char­ac­ter is a small town Tas­ma­nian girl desperate to es­cape to the big time al­lure of the main­land. And it’s a de­sire that Smit-McPhee can en­tirely re­late to.

“Ab­so­lutely I can,” the 24year old ac­tor says from her base in LA.

“I’ve been per­form­ing since ba­si­cally I was born — my first head shot was when I was one. It’s all I’ve ever done. And ob­vi­ously a big plat­form for that is Amer­ica so ever since I was a lit­tle kid I wanted that. It’s worked out but ob­vi­ously I have that con­nec­tion with Chloe.”

With her younger brother Kodi ( X Men: The Apocolypse) also an ac­tor based in LA and her hus­band John Rush an Amer­i­can mu­sic pro­ducer, Smit-McPhee has plenty to keep her State­side.

But hav­ing loved her time back in her home­land film­ing The Kettering In­ci­dent, SmitMcPhee is keen to bring an­other creative project Down Un­der.

In ad­di­tion to act­ing, SmitMcPhee is also a mu­si­cian and is putting the fin­ish­ing touches on her de­but EP.

“I’m hope­fully com­ing to Aus­tralia in July to start off do­ing some lit­tle acous­tic shows and then work up from there,” she says.

“My hus­band is the ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer, so it’s a joint project ba­si­cally, but it’ll just be re­leased as Sianoa. We’re to­tally hustling right now, we’re do­ing ev­ery­thing our­selves.

“Our web­site is com­pletely built and run by my hus­band and I. All the mu­sic videos and photography is done by us. It’s a re­ally hands on project.

“If I didn't’ have the past 20 years act­ing then I re­ally wouldn’t know what to do. But I know how to put to­gether a sched­ule, do light­ing, do block­ing and ev­ery­thing re­ally so it was quick and fun to put to­gether.”

“I’ve been per­form­ing since I was born. It’s all I’ve ever done”

SIANOA SMIT- MCPHEE ON ACT­ING

THE KETTERING IN­CI­DENT, SHOW­CASE, MON­DAY, 8.30PM

Sianoa Smit-McPhee plays a re­bel­lious teen in The Kettering In­ci­dent.

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