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JOHN POLSON – PROFILE

John Polson founded Tropfest in 1993 and in February each year takes on the role of Festival Director of Australia's largest short film festival. In November 1997 John was awarded the Byron Kennedy Award by the Australian Film Institute for his contribution to the film industry.

In 1998 John travelled to South Australia to direct his first feature film Siam Sunset, starring Linus Roache and Danielle Cormack. The film, a romantic comedy, is due for release mid 1999.

In 1996 John played a leading role in the mini-series Kangaroo Palace as well as the role of the drug dealing Jonah, in David Caesar’s Idiot Box. But it was his 1997 role of Glen in the feature film The Boys, which is his latest claim to fame. The Boys was invited to screen in Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival; and the role won him a Best Supporting Actor AFI Award.

John began his acting career in theatre – The Nimrod, The Sydney Theatre Company, and others, until 1996, when he landed the romantic lead in the Kennedy Miller mini-series, Vietnam.

It was during the shooting of Vietnam that John's interest in film directing began to surface and with film stock given to him by Kennedy Miller he made his first short film, An Evening With Herman.

Vietnam was followed by more acting. John received Australian Film Institute nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor for his perfomances in Blood Oath and Barlow And Chambers.

In 1988 John forfeited his savings for his next short film, Harold's Retirement. The film screened at several film festivals and has been purchased by SBS TV.

In 1990, John played Hamlet in the debut production for the Bell Shakespeare Company. In recent years John has appeared in Sirens and The Sum Of Us among other film and television productions. He was again nominated by the AFI and the Film Critics Circle for his part in The Sum Of Us. He was joint winner at the Film Critics Circle alongside Max Cullen and Bill Hunter.

In 1995 John wrote and directed his third short film, What's Going On, Frank? It premiered at Rotterdam International Film Festival and was included in the Sydney Film Festival, St. Petersburg, St Kilda, Montecini, Ankara, Exposure, Frames, FilmWest, Brisbane, and the Chicago International Film Festival where it won a Silver Plaque. Frank has also been sold to television networks throughout Europe, the USA as well as to the ABC in Australia.

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John Polson


John Polson getting on (and off) in The Sum of Us


John with fellow actor Russell Crowe


John (right) with director Chris Noonan


John, far left, with David Wenham and Anthony Hayes, in The Boys







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