Big break: Winning Tropfest. Career highlight: Working with my actors and creative team on Chandon Pictures. Worst moment: After an audition, my agent rings to say Jane Campion wants to meet personally. ( I loved The Piano.) Thirty minutes later my agent rings back to say Campion doesn’t want to meet me, the casting director had read the wrong list. What list was I on? Biggest influence: Novels, stage plays and biographies. Anything focused on the character’s journey. Favourite actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman. Favourite director: George Miller. ( I still can’t believe what he did with Mad Max.) Guilty pleasure: Surfing whenever, wherever, however.