Kar­ratha-raised ac­tor’s Lo­gie joy

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

In the one year to the day since Show­case minis­eries Dead­line Gal­lipoli fin­ished on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion, its break­out star, Kar­ratha-raised ac­tor Joel Jack­son, has gone from strength to strength.

The NIDA grad­u­ate’s 2015 roles as war cor­re­spon­dent Charles Bean in the An­zac drama and as per­former Peter Allen in Chan­nel 7 minis­eries Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door have earned him con­sid­er­able ac­claim, in­clud­ing an Aus­tralian Academy of Cin­ema and Tele­vi­sion Arts award late last year.

Weeks ago, Jack­son topped off his year of pro­fes­sional suc­cess with a Sil­ver Lo­gie award for most out­stand­ing new­comer — male from a jury of tele­vi­sion in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

He is still nom­i­nated for an­other, peo­ple’s choice Lo­gie for best new ta­lent, to be an­nounced on the May 8 awards night, as well as a Golden Nymph in­ter­na­tional tele­vi­sion award for for best lead ac­tor in a long fic­tion pro­gram.

But Jack­son, who is cur­rently work­ing over­seas, said the be­hind-the-scenes tran­si­tion from per­form­ing as a semi-pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian around Kar­ratha to act­ing in na­tional pro­duc­tions had hap­pened far from overnight.

“I didn’t ex­pect any­thing,” he said.

“It wasn’t a con­scious de­ci­sion. I was young and en­thu­si­as­tic about any­thing to do with per­for­mance.

“But most of all, I was in­cred­i­bly cu­ri­ous, and act­ing, in a way, ap­peased that cu­rios­ity more so than mu­sic did at that time in my life.

“Maybe I’d been play­ing mu­sic for so long and in such a way that it wasn’t ful­fill­ing me and act­ing came into my life at the time when I needed a new muse. (I’m) not sure, but I fell in love with it.”

Of his Lo­gie win and still-pend­ing nom­i­na­tion, Jack­son said it was an hon­our to be ac­knowl­edged by crit­ics and view­ers alike.

“I’m proud to be recog­nised as a hard-work­ing and pro­fes­sional ac­tor,” he said.

“The dif­fer­ence be­tween the Lo­gie I won and the one that I am nom­i­nated for is that the nom­i­na­tion comes from the pub­lic and that is just as spe­cial, if not more so.

“I do what I do to share sto­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences with peo­ple, and to have them re­act strongly to some­thing I’ve in­vested so much per­son­ally into, is very hum­bling.”

Jack­son was tight-lipped about what tele­vi­sion au­di­ences could ex­pect to see him in next, but as­sured them it would be an­other high-qual­ity project with a story he was pas­sion­ate about telling.

“I can’t say much at this point but I can say this: I’m lucky enough to have the chance again to work with a tal­ented and vi­sion­ary di­rec­tor who is lead­ing an all-star cast into a gritty drama with com­plex char­ac­ters and a story that will leave you reel­ing,” he said.

Pic­ture: Amelia J. Dowd

Kar­ratha-raised ac­tor Joel Jack­son has topped off a year of pro­fes­sional suc­cess with a cov­eted Lo­gie win.

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