Dani’s a real class act

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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.

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