Today’s Birthday, July 4: Australian actor Hunter Page-Lochard (1993 – )
Indigenous actor Hunter Page-Lochard needs Australian scriptwriters to keep away from specifying a personality’s ethnic background except it is essential to the plot to open up on-screen variety.
The 27-year-old rising star took to social media lately to weigh in on feedback by comic Josh Thomas in a 2016 video that discovering an skilled non-white actor was laborious.
“Colour-blind casting isn’t up to the casting director … it comes from the script,” Page-Lochard posted on Twitter.
“Putting a (individual of color) in your script after which having all of the plot and battle centre round that character’s tradition and ethnicity just isn’t colour-blind casting.
“That is a stereotype.”
Hunter Djali Yumunu Page-Lochard was born in Sydney in 1993. He is the son of Bangarra Dance Theatre’s inventive director Stephen Page and former New York City Ballet ballerina Cynthia Lochard.
He attended St Mary’s Cathedral College, graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and accomplished an Actors Residency course at NIDA..
Page-Lochard carried out with Bangarra in Skin in 2000, Boomerang (2005) and Blak (2013).
He made his characteristic movie debut in Rachel Perkins’ award-winning movie Bran Nue Day (2010), appeared in The Sapphires (2012), which obtained a standing ovation at an out-of-competition screening at Cannes, and performed the lead in Around the Block (2013) alongside Christina Ricci.
Page-Lochard is most recognisable for his position as Koen West in Indigenous sci-fi drama sequence Cleverman (2016).
He has additionally had components in Australian tv sequence Wentworth (2016), Harrow (2018), Tidelands (2018) and Les Norton (2019).
And he has appeared in quite a few theatre productions, together with Brothers Wreck (2014) and Greek tragedy Elektra/Orestes (2015) for Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre.
But Page-Lochard goals of seeing an Indigenous actor make it huge in Hollywood.
“It hasn’t been performed but … it may very well be any considered one of us,” he instructed SBS in 2018.
“It might be silly if none of us had that aim in our heads as a result of it will be placing our tradition on the map.
“A culture that’s lived this long needs to be shown to the world.”