Scary guy rides wave

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - GE­OFF SHEARER

AC­TOR Ben Ox­en­bould has a prob­lem. Women won’t talk to him.

Thanks to an up­com­ing in­die film role, he is about to be as re­viled as John Jar­ratt fol­low­ing his por­trayal of Wolf Creek’s sadis­tic lu­natic Mick Tay­lor.

Ox­en­bould plays bru­tal and psy­chotic surf­ing ‘‘ leg­end’’ Bull in thriller Caught In­side.

Set on the con­fines of a surf char­ter boat miles out at sea, Caught In­side won the Show­time Au­di­ence Award at last year’s Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val and gained of­fi­cial se­lec­tion for the In­die Spirit Film Fes­ti­val Colorado 2011 and the New York Surf Film Fes­ti­val 2011.

But it was at a screen­ing at the SXSW fes­ti­val in March this year in Austin, Texas, that Ox­en­bould dis­cov­ered the sharp end of Bull’s knife.

‘‘ We had a Q& A ses­sion af­ter the screen­ing and none of the women would talk to me,’’ Ox­en­bould says.

‘‘ They were so freaked out by it. Play­ing a bit of a bad­die is a huge stretch for me, which is good, but once that comes out no one will speak to me.’’

He’s not wor­ried though about the pos­si­ble stigma from such an in­tense role.

‘‘ I like to rat­tle the cage a lit­tle bit,’’ Ox­en­bould smirks.

Ox­en­bould, 42, is best known for play­ing the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter in the film Fatty Finn at age 11 and then Ben in the early ’ 90s Aus­tralian sit­com Hey Dad!.

Re­cently he has been seen in the ad­ven­tur­ous Fox8 se­ries SLiDE, where he plays a self-ab­sorbed worka­holic with lit­tle time for his es­tranged daugh­ter.

Ox­en­bould says the en­sem­ble of young ac­tors in SLiDE re­minded him of his ‘‘ child ac­tor’’ days but there were dif­fer­ences.

‘‘ One thing I did no­tice was that these kids are just so in­cred­i­bly tal­ented – all the kids that are on the show,’’ he says. ‘‘ Pos­si­bly kids these days are not so caught up in con­ven­tion. I just thought they were just a lit­tle bit more in­tel­li­gent than I was when I was a teenager. They also seem to learn the craft very quickly.’’

As for SLiDE shock­ing other par­ents, Ox­en­bould be­lieves that could be a good thing.

‘‘ I’d like to think that most par­ents have a good re­la­tion­ship, but I don’t think that’s nec­es­sar­ily the case and it may shock a few peo­ple,’’ he says. CAUGHT IN­SIDE Now show­ing State Cinema

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