Young actors go for gold

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Terry Thompson, Olivia Nardini, Sophie Nardini, 17, Ella Demarchi, 16, Amber Knight, 12, Holly Headley, 12, Chloe Francis, 12, Bella Nutarelli-Hall, 12, Sahri Mclaughlin, 12. Photo: Catherine Massey
Camera IconTerry Thompson, Olivia Nardini, Sophie Nardini, 17, Ella Demarchi, 16, Amber Knight, 12, Holly Headley, 12, Chloe Francis, 12, Bella Nutarelli-Hall, 12, Sahri Mclaughlin, 12. Photo: Catherine Massey Credit: Picture: Catherine Massey

Swimming for Gold actor Olivia Nardini has shown young Busselton actors what it takes to be in the film industry with an acting workshop.

Each year, CinefestOZ’s community program works with Acting Up! to provide a workshop which gives young actors the opportunity to share in the knowledge and expertise of industry professionals.

Acting Up! education director Terry Thompson said the philosophy of the acting school was to give children opportunities.

“This is a great opportunity for them to work with a ‘real’ actor, someone who’s in a movie, and I think it inspires the kids to go forward and see what they want to do with their life,” he said.

Guest actor Nardini, 17, said the children at the workshop had potential. “Being in a regional town, it’s good for these kids to get a taste of the industry ... and see what they have to do to get there,” she said. The Australian Disney feature film sees Nardini star alongside Peyton List and Lauren Esposito in the supporting role of Annabelle Shumpert.

Swimming for Gold was part of the Cinesnaps Schools Program, which enabled students to enjoy a question-and-answer session with the actor after the film.

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