Dani’s a real class act
TRANSITIONING from schoolgirl star to full-time actress can be a tough task, but Murray Bridge’s Danielle Catanzariti appears to be doing it was ease.
As the star of the 2008 film Hey Hey it’s Esther Blueburger, the then 16-year-old was pegged as one to watch.
She even won an AACTA award for Best Young Actor for her performance opposite Toni Collette, Essie Davis and Keisha Castle-Hughes.
“Playing Esther was a life changing experience that I didn’t realise at the time,” Danielle says.
“Esther was such an iconic ISABELLE
Cornish isn’t afraid to make sacrifices for her art.
Even if it means a neck injury and bruises sustained on the Australia Day set.
The 23-year-old actress is starring in the much-hyped Australian film as Chloe, a teenage girl who falls in love with an Iranian boy and role ... I feel like I have grown up now and moved on from that. I think that I am in a new chapter in my career.”
While there were years out of mainstream performing, the now 25-year-old had a role in the latest series of Nine drama Love Child. And she is also starring in The Australian premiere of Jennifer Haley’s provocative play delving into the dark side of the web The Nether currently running in Sydney.
It comes almost a decade after Danielle was handpicked by Cate Blanchett to perform in Sydney Theatre Company’s 2008 play Blackbird.
Also starring opposite suffers the consequences of Australia’s endemic racism.
“I get dragged through the house and held hostage in a garage ... (the actors) were holding me very lightly, but I was thrashing around to explore the reality of the scene, and by the end of the day I had bruises and a sore neck for a few days. Natalie Imbruglia in SA Film Corporation film Closed for Winter the following year, Danielle says she still enjoys both screen and stage roles.
“I had been out of the screen world for a little bit, so it was great to do Love Child. It is a great show which has an amazing following,” Danielle, whose first gig was in a Murray Bridge Players and Singers’ production of Annie, says. “I started in theatre so it is always lovely to go back on the stage,
“It is a different feeling to filming for the screen, you get that instant reaction, you don’t have to wait months for anyone to see your work.”
“But I think it’s really goodd to get the message out there of what really goes on and bring awareness to why it is such a controversial day.”
Also starring in the film are Bryan Brown, Matthew Le Nevez and Sean Keenan. SEE: Australia Day on Foxtel Store from September 27.