Errol Flynn; Peter Finch; ‘Chips’ Rafferty. These names generated great excitement in the Australia before television, computer generated images, and cheap airfares. Back then, Australians being recognised because of their talent, other than with a bat or a ball, was a rare thing indeed.
Once Flynn, Finch and Rafferty achieved name in lights status in cities far from their home shores, other Australian thespians thought they’d have a piece of it too. And they have.
Jack Thompson, Mel Gibson, Rod Taylor, Brian Brown, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Hugh Jackman, Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaver, Isla Fisher, Jackie Weaver, Joel Edgerton, Nicole Kidman. Geoffrey Rush.
This list is only part of the Aussie invasion of the glitter and glamour world.
Though it is a path well trodden, it is a difficult, debilitating, and at times, demoralising journey. Without talent and tenacity, forget it.
Louise Giavas (Giavasoglou) is a 22 year old Australian actress, blessed with a talent to act, and a fierce tenacity. In 2016 Louise acted in seven films and stage plays. For 2017 she has already landed roles in three films. Louise has the lead role in Luciano’s psychological thriller ‘The Undone,’ a film generating a major buzz from Hollywood studios and viewers alike.
Giavas is aware her Mediterranean looks typecast her more on her home soil than when she is in America.
“Our local film industry does not present an accurate window to our well established multicultural face. Our offerings of ethnic diversity have been, in some ways, token in their threadbare number. It is a different story in America.”
Director Kay Pavlou affirms Giavas’ sentiments. “Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington are not outsiders. They are sometimes playing roles about their race, but mostly just about them as humans.”
“I hope to be cast in roles not solely determined by my Mediterranean looks. Where my ethnicity is irrelevant to the role.”
Louise feels she she is more likely to find these roles in Hollywood than in the film industry of her home country.
When you look at the list of Australian actors who have achieved success in Hollywood, the mono, anglo list of names makes itself palpably obvious. Names such as Jesaulenko, Kekovich, Katich, Grigorieva, Jong, are common fare in the Australian sporting arena.
Louise Giavas’ hope is that one day her name will be part of a vastly broader cultural mix of names representing the Australian theatrical face abroad.