Never too old to stalk
ACTORS John Jarratt (63) and Kaarin Fairfax (55) are flying the flag for older actors.
With any age group over 40 years old rarely represented on screen in an industry that worships youth and beauty, Jarratt and Fairfax were willing to show themselves on the big screen in close-up, revealing warts and all, for their latest film.
The life-long mates, who met on the set of The Last Outlaw in 1979, co-starred and co-directed StalkHer, a psychological thriller/ black comedy about a man who breaks into a woman’s house only to have the tables turned on him. A battle of the sexes ensues.
“We wanted to put it out that there that you can be over 50 and still be sassy and relevant,” Fairfax said.
“There aren’t a lot of role models for older actors; this film was shot in close-up and it was not very forgiving, but it’s about imperfection, this film, so that’s us. I’m far from perfect.”
Jarratt said audiences and filmmakers should celebrate older actors.
“I think we should rejoice in that, I think we should see more of Maggie Smith and Dame Judi Dench; they are proudly in their 80s and Judi is a beautiful woman to me,” he said.
“She’s not afraid of the wrinkles.
“Baby boomers are interesting, you know.”
When asked if he was concerned with his aging face shot in close-up and projected on to a large screen, Jarratt shrugged.
“I don’t care. I think I look alright for 63.
“I’ve got a bit of sag happening here under this beard. What the hell,” he said.
“My missus is the only person I have to please and she is pretty happy.”
John Jarratt and Kaarin Fairfax co-direct and co-star in StalkHer.