TAPSELL’S POS­I­TIVE IM­AGE

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE BOX - / AMELIA SAW

Mi­randa Tapsell spent high school be­ing at­tacked for the colour of her skin.

Now the Lo­gie-winning ac­tor has put her voice to a new NITV an­i­ma­tion, Lit­tle J & Big Cuz to help younger peo­ple cel­e­brate in­dige­nous cul­ture.

The first an­i­ma­tion to show Abo­rig­i­nal char­ac­ters in a pos­i­tive light, Lit­tle J & Big Cuz ex­plores themes of iden­tity, connection to coun­try, tra­di­tional knowl­edge and cul­tural prac­tices.

“It re­ally cel­e­brates Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and makes it­self avail­able to non­indige­nous kids as well,” says Tapsell, who iden­ti­fies with the Lar­rakia re­gion around Dar­win.

In­dige­nous act­ing roy­alty Deb­o­rah Mail­man, Ur­sula Yovich, Shari Sebbens and Nin­gali Law­ford-Wolf also bring their vo­cal tal­ents.

“I was in the stu­dio with ex­tremely funny men and women — it was so hard to not end up crack­ing up.”

Tapsell may have stunned on the Lo­gies red car­pet on Sun­day, but the 29-year-old hap­pily em­braced dress­ing down for voice-over.

“It was ab­so­lutely won­der­ful to be able to wear trackie pants, no makeup, boy is it some­thing that’s re­ally re­lax­ing,” Tapsell says.

WATCH LIT­TLE J & BIG CUZ, NITV, FRI­DAY, 7.30PM AND THEN WEEK­DAYS FROM TUES­DAY, 4PM

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