Alana De Roma, a spirited eight year old from Sydney, makes her debut in the title role of Amy.

De Roma lives in Sydney with her parents (First generation Italian immigrants) and brother and is in Year 3 at primary school.

Prior to auditioning for the role of Amy, De Roma had never acted before.

Instinctively she understood what was required, and her natural performance won her the role over all the other young girls Nadia Tass had tested in an exhausting search to find Amy

 

 


One of Australia's finest actors, Rachel Griffiths has enjoyed an exceptional succession of film and theatre roles since she first achieved public and critical recognition of her portrayal of Rhonda in P.J Hogan's "Muriel's Wedding" for which she won an Australian Film Institute award in 1994.

A graduate of the Victoria College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Drama and Dance in 1990, Griffiths has worked widely in theatre, for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, and the Melbourne International Film Festival, including the title role in A.R Gurney's "Sylvia" for the MTC.

 

In 1993 Griffiths co-starred in the original "Feds" telefeature with Sigrid Thornton, and the ABC television series "Secrets" in the leading role of Sarah Foster, before making "Muriel"s Wedding".

In 1995 Griffiths filmed supporting roles in Mark Joffe's "Cosi", Peter Duncan's AFI nominated "Children of the Revolution", Michael Winterbottom's "Jude" with Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet in the UK, and the leading role in John Hillcoat's "To Have and To Hold".

Griffiths won the Australian Film Critics Circle Award for 1995. Griffiths was reunited with P.J Hogan last year on "My Best Friend's Wedding", her first American feature, starring Julia Roberts. Griffiths then returned to the UK to work on "My Son The Fanatic".Griffiths makes a special appearance in Stephan Elliott's eagerly awaited "Welcome to Woop Woop".

Since completing work on "Amy", Griffiths worked with Pete Postlethwaite on Marc Evans' feature "Among Giants". Griffiths followed this with David McCaffrey's "Divorcing Jack", a film based on the popular novel of the same name, shot in Ireland with David Thewlis.

In early 1998 Griffiths commenced work on the biographical feature on the life the cellist Jacqueline Du Pre played by Emily Watson with Griffiths playing her sister.

 

Ben Mendelsohn, one of Australia's most gifted actors, rose to prominence in his teens appearing in some of Australia's most loved television series of the 1980's such as "The Henderson Kids" and "The Flying Doctors".

In 1987 John Duigan cast Mendelsohn as Trevor in "The Year My Voice Broke". Mendelsohn's performance winning him the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1989 Mendelsohn starred in Nadia Tass' "The Big Steal", his first leading role in a feature film, for which he was nominated for Best Actor by the Australian Film Institute.

 

Mendelsohn extensive list of television credits include "Police Rescue", "Halifax f.p." and most recently "Good Guys Bad Guys".

Trained at St Martin's Theatre, Mendelsohn's theatre credits include the original production of Louis Nowra's "Cosi" for Belvoir Street Theatre and "The Selection" for the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Mendelsohn's feature credits include "Return Home", "Nirvana Street Murder", "Quigley", "Spotswood", "Map of The Human Heart", "Sirens", "Metal Skin" - which won him the Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, "Cosi", "Idiot Box" and "True Love and Chaos".

 

Nick Barker, a musician and songwriter, with his group "The Reptiles", and more recently with "The Damn Mermaids" has enjoyed a steady following for over a decade throughout Australia, particularly in his hometown of Melbourne.

Barker's most renowned album was "Happy Man" in 1994. Barker's music has featured in several Australian film and television soundtracks, most notably in Geoffrey Wright's "Metal Skin".

Nick Barker makes his acting debut in AMY, and he was so inspired by the story and Tass' vision that he composed and wrote lyrics for four songs for his character Will Enker and his band Zink to perform.

 

 

 


Kerry Armstrong is one of Australia's most travelled actors, whose first major role in Bruce Beresford's acclaimed "The Getting of Wisdom" led to a series of roles in local film and television including "Skyways" and "Prisoner" before travelling to the USA.

Armstrong studied with the prestigious Uta Hagen in New York and starred in several plays.

She was a core cast member on "Dynasty" and her guest star roles included "Murder She Wrote" and "Tales From The Dark Side" amongst others.

  Returning to Australia, Armstrong starred in "Hunting" and her television credits include ongoing roles in "All Together Now", "Police Rescue", and the acclaimed mini series "Come In Spinner". Armstrong co-stars in the mini-series "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" with Michael Caine and John Bach, due for broadcast in late 1998.

Most recently Armstrong co-starred in the feature "Justice" with Marcus Graham, shot in Perth.

 


Jeremy Trigatti is a sixteen year old from Queensland, who won his first professional role, albeit small, as one of the neighbours in Nadia Tass' "Mr Reliable" in 1985.

In 'AMY'' he plays the part of Bill Trendle's son Zac.

Trigatti is presently studying for his High School Certificate and hopes to make a career as an actor.

 

William Zappa is primarily a stage actor, working with Belvoir St Theatre, the Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company.

However Zappa works regularly in film, notably "Crush", "Zone 39", "Mr Reliable". In addition to "Amy" Zappa appears in the upcoming "Diana and Me" and "Head On".

Television credits include "Water Rats", "Big Sky" and "Corelli".

 


 

Torquil Neilson trained at St Martin's Theatre, and has appeared in several stage productions in Melbourne, including the lead in Timothy Conigrave's acclaimed "Thieving Boy/Like Stars in My Hands" and starring in the premiere production of Raimondo Cortese's "Features of Blown Youth" for Playbox Theatre Company and the 1997 Melbourne International Festival.

Torquil Neilson made his feature debut as Toby in "Love and Other Catastrophes". However Neilson is more familiar to Australian audiences for his ongoing role in "Frontline" (series I, II and III) as sound recordist Jason.

Most recently Neilson played Marshall in the low-budget feature "The Beggar's Opera Cafe" by Vicky Fisher.

 

 


 

Sullivan Stapleton trained at St Martin's Theatre and studied drama and theatre at Sandringham Secondary College, one of Melbourne's most prominent performing arts schools and it was there that he caught the eye of filmmaker Tony Mahood who cast him in the supporting role of Chris in "River Street" in 1995.

In addition to "River Street" Stapleton has appeared in several short films and dramas, including the leading role in the low budget feature "Baby Bath Massacre".

Stapleton's television work includes "Blue Heelers", "State Coroner", "Good Guys Bad Guys" and most recently "Halifax f.p." and "Neighbours".

 

 


 

Mary Ward is one of Australia's most experienced actors, whose work with the British repertory companies is extensive.In Australia she has appeared in numerous theatrical productions, particularly with the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Ward's film credits include "In Search Of Anna", "Born to Run" and "Jenny Kissed Me". Television credits include "I Can Jump Puddles", "Power Without Glory", "Henderson Kids" (Series I and II) and "Darling of the Gods".

 

 


 

Whilst still at NIDA, Susie Porter was cast by Nadia Tass in "Mr Reliable" in the supporting role of Fay. On graduating Porter played the role of Betty in "Idiot Box" before appearing in Bruce Beresford's "Paradise Road", in the supporting role of Nurse Oggi.

In 1996 Porter played the leading role of Angie in Stephan Elliott's "Welcome to Woop Woop".

Since shooting "Amy", Porter has appeared in the Sydney Theatre Company production "Somewhere in the Darkness" as Sally.

Television credits include "Big Sky" and a major role the new ground-breaking ABC drama series "Wildside".

 
 

Frank Gallacher is one of Australia's foremost stage actors, predominantly with the Melbourne Theatre Company.

Gallacher's most recent theatre credits include: "Dealer's Choice", "Miss Bosnia", "A Flea In Her Ear" and "Arcadia".

Gallacher's television credits include "Janus", "The Damnation of Harvey McHugh", and "The Man From Snowy River".

Amongst Gallacher's film credits are "Dark City", "Mr Reliable","Dallas Doll", "Hammers Over The Anvil" and "Proof".

 


 

Jan Friedl is an actor and singer; she studied at Melbourne and Adelaide Universities and at the Komische Opera in Berlin.

She has appeared in many operas and musicals for the Victoria State Opera, Melbourne Theatre Company, South Australian Theatre Company and Playbox Theatre. Her most recent stage credits include "Good Works" and "Pacific Union" for Playbox Theatre and "House of Blue Leaves" and "Present Laughter" for Melbourne Theatre Company.

Friedl's television credits include "Prisoner", "Flying Doctors", "Boys From The Bush", "Round The Twist". "The Damnation of Harvey McHugh" , "Half Away Across The Galaxy and Turn Left" , "Water Under The Bridge" and "Waterfront".

Film credits include "What The Moon Saw", "The Getting of Wisdom", and "End Play".

 
 

Malcolm Kennard's film credits include "Secrets", "The Seventh Floor" and most recently he played the major role of Mark in David Parker's "Diana and Me".

Theatre credits include "The Adman" for Ensemble Theatre and "It's Ralph". Kennard's television work includes the leading role in the acclaimed ABC mini-series "Joh's Jury", which won him a 1993 AFI Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Television Drama.

Other television credits include the ongoing role of Harley on "E Street", "G.P.", and "A Country Practice".

Kennard stars in David Elfick's tele-feature "Never Tell Me Never" opposite Claudia Karvan, to be broadcast in 1998.

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