The Big Issue : Edition 564
28 THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 15–28 JUN 2018 AUSTRALIAN CINEMA OFTEN celebrates stories where men behave badly while the women stay strong and clean up the mess. “I agree,” Lynette Curran says, knowingly. She should. In a career spanning more than half a century, Curran has played some of the most tenacious and tough of these women. In the upcoming black comedy Brothers’ Nest – directed by Clayton Jacobson and starring him and his brother Shane – she plays another. Curran’s face is instantly recognisable to Australian audiences, even if they don’t know her name – or tend to confuse her, as habitually happens, with her good friend Jacki Weaver. Curran has been on our screens almost all her adult life, but she discovered the “madness” of performing, as she describes it, as a child. “I could bring my family together if I performed or sang a song – they would all stop and laugh at me.” That feeling of togetherness was flamed by frequent trips to Sydney’s Tivoli Theatre with her mum. “There was no question about it. That was the place I belonged.” After getting her start on the stage when she left school, Curran has worked across television – from her breakthrough turn as Rhoda Lang in Australia’s first successful soap opera, Bellbird, to roles in A Country Practice, The Flying Doctors, All Saints, Always Greener, Love My Way and, more recently, Wentworth. But it’s her film work that really shines. From Bliss (1985) to The Year My Voice Broke (1987), to The Boys (1998), Japanese Story (2003) and Somersault (2004) – for which she won an AFI Award – Curran has often been the most LYNETTE CURRAN OFTEN GETS CAST AS A MOTHER, AND HER NEW ROLE IN BROTHERS’ NEST IS NO DIFFERENT. BUT THE VETERAN ACTOR HAS A WAY OF BRINGING A COMPLEXITY AND STRENGTH TO THE ROLE THAT IS NOT ALWAYS SHOWN. WHATCHA GONNA DO? WHATCHA GONNA DO? BAD BOYS... BAD BOYS...