Sunday, September 7, 2008
"The Next Big Thing" aka Gracie Otto
The amount of times "the next big thing" has been bandied about by the Aussie (and international) press about an up-and-coming Aussie actress (occasionally it's a male, but next big things tend to be female) is almost endless. Yet for every Cate, Naomi and Nicole there's an Abbie or a Rachael that just doesn't quite click. Get ready to throw Gracie Otto onto the pile, although I for one hope she lands on the pile with the former examples.
Anyone who has seen Matthew Newton's new film Three Blind Mice - and you should, it's very very good - will be aware of Otto's charms. Charms that, at least at this very early stage, eclipse those of her much more famous sister Miranda, who is a good 20 years her senior and who's not exactly worthless in the acting department either. That her father is legend Barry Otto too probably helps. In Three Blind Mice she plays a smart and sassy waitress, which could have easily been cliched and simple, but Otto along with Newton's writing transforms her into a truly unique, desirable and all-round likable gal. You can believe the character played by Ewen Leslie would risk his career to run away with her. She truly shines. She is perhaps the standout in a film full of them.
If that weren't enough, she's also apparently quite a skilled filmmaker with several festival-screened shorts on her resume, none of which I have seen. And to top it all off, she's a bloody good editor too. Strange, right? I was quite surprised to discover she was the editor on Three Blind Mice. A job she handled with ease that turned out very well. I really hope that Otto shows up on AFI nominations morning with nods for her performance as well as her editing on the feature (about which I will write more on later).