The Big Issue : Edition 537
NICE GUY STEPHEN CURRY FINDS HIS INNER SERIAL KILLER TO TERRIFYING EFFECT. NO MORE TWENTY YEARS AGO, a young Stephen Curry entered the national consciousness with these iconic words delivered deadpan to camera: “My name is Dale Kerrigan and this is my story.” With his round blue eyes, pale freckled face and home-job haircut, Curry was the innocent narrator of Australia’s favourite suburban comedy, The Castle (1997). In his subsequent career as an award-winning actor and comedian, there has always been something inherently nice about Curry, whether he’s playing real-life jockey Damien Oliver (The Cup), TV legend Graham Kennedy (The King), or the lovable loser Sam Pickles in the miniseries Cloudstreet (2011). But Curry’s latest role in Hounds of Love, a psychological thriller written and directed by Ben Young and set in the flat brick suburbs of Perth in 1987, is a world away from niceness. In this harrowing and deeply disturbing story, Curry is completely believable as John White, a rapist and serial killer who works in concert with his abused and dependent wife, Evelyn (Emma Booth in a career- defining performance). Together, they abduct young women from the roadside, taking them home to rape and torture them for a week, before disposing of the bodies in shallow sandy graves. “Is all that nice guy stuff out the window now, d’you think?” jokes Curry on the phone NICE-GUY ACTOR STEPHEN CURRY FINDS HIS INNER SERIAL KILLER.