For a country that has a population of under 23 million people and is so far away from the rest of the world, we still manage to make a huge impact on the world stage. So today on Australia Day, when actor Geoffrey Rush is named Australian of the year, I thought I would look at some of the Australians who are going to be having a big year, in the world of entertainment, in 2012.
Who would have thought that the frizzy haired girl who played Mechanic Charlene Ramsay/Robinson in Neighbours, would go on to become the fabulous, well loved and adored, show girl that is Ms Kylie Minogue?! This year Kylie celebrates 25 years in the music industry and instead of waning, her career continues to go from strength to strength.
Everyone in Australia knew how great Joel was for a long time, but the rest of the world took note last year when they saw his performance in Animal Kingdom. He followed this up with an outstanding performance in the beautiful, heart wrenching, and often brutal film, Warrior. In 2012 he stars in The Odd Life of Timothy Green with Jennifer Garner, and is currently filming The Great Gatsby.
Australia’s sweetheart Olivia Newton John came to the world’s attention when she starred as Sandy in Grease. Every girl wanted to be her and every boy wanted to be with her! It’s been a while since Olivia has starred in a film but this year she makes a come back in the comedy A Few Best Men.
Chris Hemsworth has swapped the surf of Summer Bay for the action of Hollywood. This year he is starring as Thor, in arguably, the most anticipated film of 2012, The Avengers.
Margot was famous for playing fashion loving, Donna in Neighbours. Margot left Ramsay Street for Hollywood and can now be seen taking to the skies in the US TV show Pan Am.
Baz Luhrman is, in my opinion, one of Australia’s greatest and most creative directors. This year he has assembled a great cast, including Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and fellow Australians Isla Fisher, and Joel Edgerton, to remake The Great Gatsby.
They’re just a handful of the Aussies being fabulous all over the world. Today we celebrate them and every other Aussie!
Given the day that’s in it, I had to end with this: