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What’s your favourite Aus­tralian film? Al­though only fel­low mu­si­cal geeks have likely ever heard of my per­sonal pick and child­hood ob­ses­sion (Gil­lian Arm­strong’s Starstruck, since you asked), many would agree with my vote for the next best Aus­tralian film of all time: Muriel’s Wed­ding. Re­leased al­most 23 years ago, the part drama/part-com­edy/ part-abba-sin­ga­long man­aged to be at once both univer­sal yet quintessen­tially Aus­tralian. It also launched the ca­reer of Toni Collette, who has gone on to build a showreel of di­verse work that is the envy of even the most ac­claimed of her in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous peers. As the now 44-year-old tells Jor­dan Baker of mak­ing Muriel’s as a fledg­ling young ac­tor, “I didn’t re­ally con­tem­plate what would hap­pen af­ter­wards… it was huge, and un­ex­pected.” And speak­ing of un­ex­pected, if you think you know all there is to know about Richard Wilkins – af­ter all, he’s been a fix­ture on TV screens for 30 years – then our in­ter­view with the pop­u­lar pre­sen­ter will sur­prise you.

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