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How many entertainers from Australasia can claim to have
partied with Elvis, talked footy with Tom Jones, dated I
dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden, headlined a Vegas show
room, and had chart success in the US, the UK and Australia
and New Zealand for the past 40 years? You’re about to
find out when John Rowles heads to Brothers.
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It wouldn’t be easy going through life
being the son of one of the nation’s
most revered playwrites. But for
Felix Williamson, the son of David
Williamson, he’s taken it in his stride
and welcomes the challenge.
He’s worked alongside the likes of
John Goodman, Sam Worthington,
and had roles in hits like Babe 2, The
Thin Red Line, and Dirty Deeds, plus
notable roles in TV shows like Lost,
Farscape and the homemade dramas
Water Rats, and Blue Heelers.
But Felix is set for his biggest
role to date, playing former Prime
Minister Paul Keating. He stars along
with friend Richard Roxburgh as the
enigmatic and controversial leader,
Bob Hawke, in the long-awaited
telemovie ‘Hawke’ which about to hit
Playing one of the most
controversial and powerful men in
the labour party during the 80’s and
90’s was a case of playing ‘catch up’ for
the actor, who was only twenty one
when Keating came to power. “When
all the events of 1991 happened, I
was at drama school, so like any other
person of that age didn’t really care
who the Prime Minister was. When I
started researching it, I didn’t know it
was such a big power battle and had
been building up for years.”
Playing a person still alive is always
difficult, but Felix approached it with
an open mind.
“I laid my hands on this amazing
interview he did with Sixty Minutes
just after he became treasurer, and it
featured him with his family, showing
him doing all this really personal stuff.
“I just found so many visual things
to the man, like his mannerisms.
“One of things I was fully aware of
was for me to make the call about
who the guy really is. I always thought
he was funny, and I remember this wit
he had when in Parliament, he was so
quick, so vitriolic.
“From my research I learnt that he
had these massive speakers in his
office and would listen to this real
hardcore, heavy classical music before
leaving. So I would do the same
before going to the set, to get me in
the same mood.
“ The impression I get of Paul
Keating is that part of him feels hard
done by as he was the engine room
for Hawke for so long, he got Bob into
power, and people loved Bob. Here’s a
guy who drank on TV, cried on TV, and
Keating never did any of that stuff, yet
the public loved Bob more because of
Richard Roxburgh shines as Bob
Hawke in the show, and having
worked with him before, Felix is
constantly amazed by his friend’s
“I was amazed at how good he is.
He completely transformed into Bob
Hawke. Before a scene he would be
in the corner of the room getting
his ‘Bob’ voice ready for the scene
making all kinds of horrible noises.”
With the Gillard/Rudd leadership
spill, the timing of the telemovie is
perfect. All this happened nearly 20
years ago and now again just a couple
of weeks ago. So will the public think
of Paul Keating differently thanks to
Felix’s portrayal? “I don’t really know
if they’ll change their opinion, but I
hope I have captured the essence of
who the man is.”
Keating as you’ve never seen him
EXCLUSIVE: By Darren Hallesy
Actor Felix Williamson talks to Darren Hallesy about how it feels to play Paul
Keating in the telemovie ‘Hawke’ which premieres on Network Ten on July 18.
War in Iraq
It’s the most controversial conflict of our
time: a war which has divided citizens,
politicians, and militaries, resulted in
headlines about torture and suicide
bombings, death and destruction.
There’s no single identifiable enemy and
no exit strategy. So how will the war in
Iraq be won? What will victory look like?
In 2004, when Australian Major
General Jim Molan deployed to the war
to oversee a force of 300,000 troops,
including 155,000 Americans, he faced
these and other questions on a daily
basis. In Running the War in Iraq he
gives a gripping
of what modern
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