Wait­ing game’s the hard part

With Hol­ly­wood in sight, Har­ri­son Gil­bert­son is bid­ing time, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

ADE­LAIDE teenager Har­ri­son Gil­bert­son was only 16 when he worked with two of Hol­ly­wood’s well­known faces, Jen­nifer Con­nelly and Ed Har­ris, on the movie Vir­ginia.

Not that any­one would re­ally know.

The movie had a very lim­ited re­lease in May in the US and Gil­bert­son is un­sure if it will even hit screens in Aus­tralia or just go straight to DVD.

He was only 16 years old when it was filmed three years ago, he says, and now he’s just turned 19.

How­ever, Vir­ginia served its pur­pose in sev­eral ways – not the least by an­nounc­ing Gil­bert­son to US stu­dios and cast­ing agents.

‘‘ Vir­ginia may not have done well, but for me, cre­atively, I have been get­ting a lot of recog­ni­tion and my man­ager’s phone has been ring­ing a bit,’’ Gil­bert­son says.

‘‘There’s prob­a­bly three scripts a week that come through.’’

By the time the movie is re­leased in Aus­tralia it will serve as lit­tle more than an out­dated show reel for Gil­bert­son, who is no longer a boy but a young man.

Th­ese days he can be seen star­ring in the Fam­ily Movie Chan­nel’s Con­spir­acy 365, a 12-part se­ries with each one-hour episode screen­ing on the first Satur­day of each month.

It started in Jan­uary, but the first six episodes will be re-screened nightly in the first week of July in the lead-up to episode seven.

Gil­bert­son says the se­ries was shot be­tween May and De­cem­ber last year and since then he’s been bid­ing his time, read­ing scripts and wait­ing for his next big break.

‘‘I’m just au­di­tion­ing and wait­ing around at the mo­ment,’’ he says.

Do­ing nothing, it seems, can be as tough as learn­ing lines for a movie. ‘‘I am go­ing through a scary but good ex­pe­ri­ence to have – work­ing out how bad bore­dom is,’’ Gil­bert­son says.

‘‘I fig­ure in be­tween (jobs) you have to come up with some­thing to do and I am not good at just sit­ting around.’’

First Satur­day of the month, 7pm, Fam­ily Movie Chan­nel. The first six episodes are be­ing re-screened nightly be­tween July 1 and July 6.

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