Ac­tor brinws it home for film pro­duc­tions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - Tanya Macnaughton

LIKE many be­fore him, ac­tor Alex Wil­liams left Perth after grad­u­at­ing from WAAPA in 2011 be­cause of the lack of ca­reer prospects.

So you can imag­ine his de­light when two films the now Syd­ney­based Wil­liams worked on last year, The Reck­on­ing and Pa­per Planes, brought him back home.

“WA screen is re­ally do­ing well if you’re get­ting pulled back to do fea­tures in Perth,” he said.

Both films were fea­tured at Cine­festOz Film Fes­ti­val 2014 in Bun­bury last month prior to the of­fi­cial re­lease of lo­cal di­rec­tor John V. Soto’s The Reck­on­ing at Hoyts Gar­den City and Carousel on Septem­ber 5.

Jonathan LaPaglia, Luke Hemsworth, Hanna Man­ganLawrence and Viva Bianca star along­side Wil­liams in the thrilling crime mys­tery, where de­tec­tive Rob­bie Green (LaPaglia) must track down teenage run­aways Rachel and AJ (Man­gan-Lawrence and Wil­liams), who have filmed video footage hold­ing the key to iden­ti­fy­ing his col­league’s (Hemsworth) mur­derer.

“It had some fan­tas­tic peo­ple at­tached and when I read the script, I thought it was just re­ally in­ter­est­ing,” Wil­liams said.

“AJ was a fas­ci­nat­ing charac- ter be­cause he’s be­hind the cam­era for a lot of the time and it’s not re­ally delved into why he’s do­ing the things he’s do­ing.”

Wil­liams got his big break after his first au­di­tion out of WAAPA with the role of Ju­lian As­sange in tele­movie Un­der­ground: The Ju­lian As­sange Story with Rachel Grif­fiths and An­thony LaPaglia.

Wil­liams joked his tar­get was aimed at another act­ing fam­ily after run­ning out of LaPaglia brothers to work.

“I’m just hop­ing to move on to the Hemsworths now. got one, so we’ll see how I go,” he said.

Alex Wil­liams as AJ in Perth film The Reck­on­ing.

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