Q&A: AFI | AACTA presents ‘Power and Influence in the Media’ with Noni Hazlehurst AM
Recently only the second woman to be inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame, Noni Hazlehurst AM is one of Australia’s favourite and most distinguished performers, She is celebrated for her work in theatre, film, TV and radio, and for her work as an advocate for children. With an outstanding career spanning more than forty years, Hazlehurst is also an accomplished writer, producer, presenter and director.
Her many awards include four AFI Awards for her roles in Little Fish (Rowan Woods, 2005), Waiting at the Royal (Glenda Hambly, 2000), Fran (1985) and Monkey Grip (Ken Cameron, 1982), three Logies and an Honorary PhD from Flinders University. She is also a Member of the Order of Australia.
Hazlehurst has served on a number of boards, including Film Australia and Belvoir St Theatre, and currently AFI | AACTA. She has served as Patron or Ambassador for several children’s welfare organisations, including Barnardos Australia, and counts her 24-year role as a host of Play School as a highlight of her career.
She currently stars in Foxtel’s Australian drama A Place to Call Home. She will tour her one-woman play, Mother – written for her by Daniel Keene – through New South Wales and Queensland later this year.
Keynote Panel and Q&A: Barracuda
- Christos Tsiolkas, associate producer and author of the adapted novel
- Elias Anton, lead actor
- Tony Ayres, producer, Matchbox Pictures
From Matchbox Pictures comes the screen adaptation of Tsiolkas’ novel Barracuda in a four-part ABC series slated for broadcast later this year.
Barracuda follows young swimmer Danny Kelly and his pursuit to win Olympic gold above everything else. It is a moving story about obsession, desire, success and the terrifying risk of failure.
Join the panel as they discuss the process of making Barracuda and adapting the novel to screen, and how they hope the series will be received by its audience.