Actor brinws it home for film productions
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.