Never too old to stalk

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

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.

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