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
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