Abe Forsythe to appear in conversation at AFTRS’ Friday on My Mind

27 July, 2016 by Staff Writer

Down Under.


Abe Forsythe will talk the two masks of drama – comedy and tragedy – this Friday as part of AFTRS' Friday on My Mind talks series.

The Down Under writer-drector will chat with host Giles Hardie in Sydney to analyse the awful things we laugh at, and possibly have a chuckle at the missteps he’s made in his career as a filmmaker.

Forsythe has surfed the line between comedy and tragedy for years, winning Tropfest in 2010 with his short film Shock, showing the depression behind the scenes of breakfast radio, while his black comedy feature Down Under premiered at SFF and will screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival, kicking off tomorrow.

Forsythe won the Tropfest Tropicana Award at the age of sixteen for his film Guided By The Light Of The Lord. In 2003 he wrote, directed and starred in the feature comedy Ned, which was released theatrically in Australia by Icon Entertainment. His short film Being Carl Williams won second place and Best Comedy at Tropfest 2009.

Along with writing and directing, Forsythe is an experienced actor, winning the AFI Award for Best Actor in 2004 for the acclaimed miniseries Marking Time. He recently featured as John Cornell in Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War.

Forsythe's television directing credits include season 2 of Laid for ABC TV and Shaun Micallef’s Mr & Mrs Murder for Ten/Freemantle. He also wrote and directed segments of ABC TV’s The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife Fighting, and directs commercials via Goodoil Films.

When: Friday July 29, 5.30pm

Where: AFTRS, Building 130, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, NSW 2014