Canberra Talent

Canfan 14 February 2014 70

While listening to 666 last week, I was surprised to hear (during a review of the new movie Tracks) that Mia Wasikowska (lead actress in said movie) was born in Canberra. I was so surprised that it got me to thinking about how little I hear about Canberra born and/or raised artists – or anyone making an impact on a Global stage.

Are we not ‘breeding’ this talent or are we just not talking about it? Or (an option which may well be just as relevant) am I listening and reading in the wrong places…?

During our Centennial year I saw advertisements on TV from Reese Muldoon and another lady who I didn’t know (I have been out of the country for a while so that is in no way to say she has limited relevance) talking about being ‘from Canberra’ and what that meant to them.

I wonder if this is something that can/should go further afield – to inspire us – and our children to great things…

Who are you aware of as a great Canberra born/raised success?


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astrojax astrojax 5:42 am 27 Feb 14

Masquara said :

astrojax said :

manning clarke, of course, wrote his major works living in canberra

Mmmm, including the one where he falsely claimed to having been an eyewitness at Krystallnacht?

Um, and Manning Clark was not a Canberran.

i wasn’t vouching for the veracity of his major works, or his origins – only that he was a renowned long-term resident here…

2604 2604 9:54 pm 26 Feb 14

Current NBA player Patrick Mills went to Marist.

Sam Michael, the sporting director at MacLaren F1, is a Canberra boy too.

Masquara Masquara 8:05 pm 26 Feb 14

astrojax said :

manning clarke, of course, wrote his major works living in canberra

Mmmm, including the one where he falsely claimed to having been an eyewitness at Krystallnacht?

Um, and Manning Clark was not a Canberran.

Brindabella Brindabella 7:40 pm 26 Feb 14

bundah said :

Have any of you heard of Frank Gambale, who left for LA back in the early eighties?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Gambale

bundah said :

Have any of you heard of Frank Gambale, who left for LA back in the early eighties?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Gambale

oui! Frank Gambale! Who remembers Nunzio from the Pro Audio TV ads? He’s his brother. You can see a “Pro Audio” sticker on Franks guitar here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7j2qzs6kmY

bundah bundah 5:35 pm 26 Feb 14

Have any of you heard of Frank Gambale, who left for LA back in the early eighties?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Gambale

unclebill unclebill 4:59 pm 26 Feb 14

The Whitlams & The Gadflys.

astrojax astrojax 3:48 pm 26 Feb 14

manning clarke, of course, wrote his major works living in canberra

pink little birdie pink little birdie 1:36 pm 26 Feb 14

Rob DeCastella lives here and has done for a while.

bundah bundah 1:31 pm 26 Feb 14

Mr Evil said :

Kevin Rudd went to ANU and lived in Yarralumla – does that count for anything?

The criteria was Canberra talent so Ruddie misses out on both counts 🙂

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:54 pm 26 Feb 14

Kevin Rudd went to ANU and lived in Yarralumla – does that count for anything?

rosscoact rosscoact 12:19 pm 26 Feb 14

dungfungus said :

lobster said :

Laura Cox from Heart Break High lived in Kaleen before she was famous.

Oh I forgot about the kid from the Blumers Lawyers ad…

I have never heard of Laura Cox or Heart Break High. Have I missed anything?
I have heard of Lisa Cox (Fairfax Media) and Heartbreak Hotel (the late Elvis Presley’s hit) but I don’t believe there is any connection.

What a surprise!

dungfungus dungfungus 10:39 am 26 Feb 14

lobster said :

Laura Cox from Heart Break High lived in Kaleen before she was famous.

Oh I forgot about the kid from the Blumers Lawyers ad…

I have never heard of Laura Cox or Heart Break High. Have I missed anything?
I have heard of Lisa Cox (Fairfax Media) and Heartbreak Hotel (the late Elvis Presley’s hit) but I don’t believe there is any connection.

OLydia OLydia 8:22 am 26 Feb 14

Another contender I can think of is the Young Docteurs, band members from Dickson College from memory.

Also, although not born in Canberra, he did spend some time here – Jackie Chan. According to Wikipedia “Chan joined his parents in Canberra in 1976, where he briefly attended Dickson College and worked as a construction worker. A fellow builder named Jack took Chan under his wing, earning Chan the nickname of “Little Jack” which was later shortened to “Jackie” and the name Jackie Chan has stuck with him ever since.”

lobster lobster 9:58 pm 25 Feb 14

Laura Cox from Heart Break High lived in Kaleen before she was famous.

Oh I forgot about the kid from the Blumers Lawyers ad…

NoImRight NoImRight 4:59 pm 25 Feb 14

dungfungus said :

Masquara said :

astrojax said :

dungfungus said :

Masquara said :

Rhys Muldoon

I think Rhys has only ventured out the door of the ABC once to do a series about a small airline on a commercial channel before retreating to the haven of the taxpayer cosseted ABC.
It is hard to have “talent” and “ABC” in the same sentence.

ha! so you watch abc ’cause it doesn’t have ads, but you also assert it has no talent. why watch it at all? that, and you neatly use ‘abc’ and ‘talent’ in your last sentence…

Apology please – that is not my quote.

There is no requirement for talent in reading the news or flicking switches to stream programmes. How many ABC people have made a successful career in the entertainment sector outside the ABC?
I’ll bet someone suggests Bob Carr.
I watch the ABC because their news resources are extensive and they don’t have paid advertisements although their self-promotion ads (especially on News 24) are getting too frequent and too long.

Youre right. ABC can only dream of stars of the calibre of say Robert Hughes.

Tooks Tooks 1:12 pm 25 Feb 14

voytek3 said :

Tooks said :

voytek3 said :

Pitchka said :

voytek3 said :

Roundhead89 said :

Erin Molan who started on WIN News (back when it was still WIN News and not In Wollongong Tonight) has now been appointed to the panel of the NRL Footy Show alongside Fatty and Mark Slater.

What an eminent and prestigious position. I’m sure he’ll be the next Nobel Laureate and cure cancer too.

Person in question is a female. He wont be doing squat!

Not knowing who TF you are posting about, just makes your post even more retarded.

Says the moron who’s username is completely incorrect in any Slavic language you wish to choose from. And how would I know let alone care about some Z grade Canberra person let alone one on a TV show that is popular exclusively amongst stupid people?

First, you think Erin is a man’s name, then you resort to insulting someone’s username when they call you out on it. You’re awesome.

I’m no fan of Erin’s work, but she’s no doubt more successful than you are and a hell of a lot happier. You come across as a hate filled little man with very little positive going on. Feel free to retort with any insult you like.

The sad thing about keyboard warriors is that they somehow feel empowered to fling insults to people that they would never dare repeat in person. Don’t you feel embarrassed about the way you conduct yourself on here? I’m guessing not.

Who is this Erin person you keep referring to?? What are you blathering about? Why would I feel embarrassed about posting anonymously on a website that I come to for no other reason than anger people that take “online” seriously? Get a job and change your username you dolt

Why would I want a second job?

Given no genuine troll would ever out themselves as such (because that would defeat the purpose of trolling in the first place), I’ll assume you’re invoking the classic “I’m not an imbecile, I’m just trolling lolz roflcopter etc” defence. None of us are buying it.

BTW, it’s a shame how such a positive post turned negative (and yep, I’ve contributed to that). Mia Wasikowska, Rupert Reid, Sigrid Thornton, Lara Cox, Mick Molloy are another bunch born in Canberra.

voytek3 voytek3 11:15 am 25 Feb 14

Tooks said :

voytek3 said :

Pitchka said :

voytek3 said :

Roundhead89 said :

Erin Molan who started on WIN News (back when it was still WIN News and not In Wollongong Tonight) has now been appointed to the panel of the NRL Footy Show alongside Fatty and Mark Slater.

What an eminent and prestigious position. I’m sure he’ll be the next Nobel Laureate and cure cancer too.

Person in question is a female. He wont be doing squat!

Not knowing who TF you are posting about, just makes your post even more retarded.

Says the moron who’s username is completely incorrect in any Slavic language you wish to choose from. And how would I know let alone care about some Z grade Canberra person let alone one on a TV show that is popular exclusively amongst stupid people?

First, you think Erin is a man’s name, then you resort to insulting someone’s username when they call you out on it. You’re awesome.

I’m no fan of Erin’s work, but she’s no doubt more successful than you are and a hell of a lot happier. You come across as a hate filled little man with very little positive going on. Feel free to retort with any insult you like.

The sad thing about keyboard warriors is that they somehow feel empowered to fling insults to people that they would never dare repeat in person. Don’t you feel embarrassed about the way you conduct yourself on here? I’m guessing not.

Who is this Erin person you keep referring to?? What are you blathering about? Why would I feel embarrassed about posting anonymously on a website that I come to for no other reason than anger people that take “online” seriously? Get a job and change your username you dolt

Pitchka Pitchka 10:52 am 25 Feb 14

voytek3 said :

Pitchka said :

voytek3 said :

Roundhead89 said :

Erin Molan who started on WIN News (back when it was still WIN News and not In Wollongong Tonight) has now been appointed to the panel of the NRL Footy Show alongside Fatty and Mark Slater.

What an eminent and prestigious position. I’m sure he’ll be the next Nobel Laureate and cure cancer too.

Person in question is a female. He wont be doing squat!

Not knowing who TF you are posting about, just makes your post even more retarded.

Says the moron who’s username is completely incorrect in any Slavic language you wish to choose from. And how would I know let alone care about some Z grade Canberra person let alone one on a TV show that is popular exclusively amongst stupid people?

Hang in there tiger, you might actually get to see (or perhaps even touch) a real pitchka one day.. You may have to pay for it, but a pitchka is a pitchka…

Tooks Tooks 9:57 am 25 Feb 14

voytek3 said :

Pitchka said :

voytek3 said :

Roundhead89 said :

Erin Molan who started on WIN News (back when it was still WIN News and not In Wollongong Tonight) has now been appointed to the panel of the NRL Footy Show alongside Fatty and Mark Slater.

What an eminent and prestigious position. I’m sure he’ll be the next Nobel Laureate and cure cancer too.

Person in question is a female. He wont be doing squat!

Not knowing who TF you are posting about, just makes your post even more retarded.

Says the moron who’s username is completely incorrect in any Slavic language you wish to choose from. And how would I know let alone care about some Z grade Canberra person let alone one on a TV show that is popular exclusively amongst stupid people?

First, you think Erin is a man’s name, then you resort to insulting someone’s username when they call you out on it. You’re awesome.

I’m no fan of Erin’s work, but she’s no doubt more successful than you are and a hell of a lot happier. You come across as a hate filled little man with very little positive going on. Feel free to retort with any insult you like.

The sad thing about keyboard warriors is that they somehow feel empowered to fling insults to people that they would never dare repeat in person. Don’t you feel embarrassed about the way you conduct yourself on here? I’m guessing not.

voytek3 voytek3 8:52 am 25 Feb 14

Pitchka said :

voytek3 said :

Roundhead89 said :

Erin Molan who started on WIN News (back when it was still WIN News and not In Wollongong Tonight) has now been appointed to the panel of the NRL Footy Show alongside Fatty and Mark Slater.

What an eminent and prestigious position. I’m sure he’ll be the next Nobel Laureate and cure cancer too.

Person in question is a female. He wont be doing squat!

Not knowing who TF you are posting about, just makes your post even more retarded.

Says the moron who’s username is completely incorrect in any Slavic language you wish to choose from. And how would I know let alone care about some Z grade Canberra person let alone one on a TV show that is popular exclusively amongst stupid people?

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