Waiting game’s the hard part
With Hollywood in sight, Harrison Gilbertson is biding time, writes
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By the time the movie is released in Australia it will serve as little more than an outdated show reel for Gilbertson, who is no longer a boy but a young man.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.