Home­town star loves lo­cal an­gle

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Shan­non Smith

On the wall at lo­cal cafe Dy­lan’s on the Ter­race hangs a paint­ing of ac­tor Joel Jack­son’s late grand­mother, June Jack­son, which is one of the cosy home­town feel­ings that he was look­ing for­ward to when he landed a role in H is for Hap­pi­ness.

Jack­son has starred in Jun­gle with Daniel Rad­cliffe, as Charles Bean in Dead­line Gal­lipoli, and as Peter Allen in Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door. Now he finds him­self on home turf with a role in the lo­cally shot film.

Mod­est about his suc­cess, the 27 year old has been on the road for three years, chas­ing down work act­ing in ma­jor films.

Jack­son said that if there was any­thing the in­dus­try had taught him it was that peo­ple put a glass ceil­ing on them­selves too quickly.

“The sky is lit­er­ally the limit, and any of us can do 150 per cent more if all we do is give it a go,” he said.

“I think that is what I am re­minded of when I come home, and I used to live just across the har­bour and now I am film­ing an­other movie there. You just need to keep push­ing the door, oth­er­wise it is never go­ing to open un­less you push it your­self.

“For Jun­gle I sat in a pro­duc­tion of­fice wait­ing room for a week ev­ery morn­ing wait­ing to go in and talk to the pro­duc­ers, and I was just there knock­ing on the door un­til they gave me a go.

“I think that’s what grow­ing up here taught me, I mean it’s hard to catch a wave at Mut­ton Bird but if you want it, go get it.”

Jack­son is play­ing the role of the rich un­cle Brian in H is for Hap­pi­ness, the brother in the film to Richard Roxburgh.

He said that as soon as he heard the film was be­ing shot in Al­bany he chased it up.

“I sent my au­di­tion in and I came back to visit my fam­ily be­fore to do some stuff for Telethon, and funny enough I was sit­ting in the wait­ing area in Dy­lan’s when I got the email say­ing they were in­ter­ested in me,” he said.

“I grew up in this place and I know the peo­ple and to tell a story from your home­town would be re­mark­able. It is nice to be able to walk back into town and hang the boots up and it still feels like home with all my fam­ily here.”

As for ca­reer high­lights, Jack­son rem­i­nisced about hid­ing in the jun­gles of Colom­bia with Daniel Rad­cliffe.

“I was walk­ing be­hind him and I said, ‘Daniel I think I found it’, and he said ‘What’, and I said, ‘Your wand’, and he just laughed and said I’m an id­iot.” Jack­son will ap­pear in Chan­nel Seven’s Ms Fisher’s MOD­ern Mur­der Mys­ter­ies early in the new year.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Benson

Al­bany raised ac­tor Joel Jack­son in his favourite booth at Dy­lans Cafe.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.