Despite boasting Oscar nominations (for 1985’s A Passage To India and 1993’s Husbands And Wives), multiple AACTA Awards, a couple of Golden Globes, and a few Emmys, Judy Davis has never ripped herself too far from her roots. The suitably acclaimed Aussie actress still lives in Sydney and appears in local film and theatre productions, and is now set to go right back to where it all began. One of the dazzling graduating class of 1977 at The National Institute For Dramatic Art (where she played Juliet to Mel Gibson’s Romeo and also shared the stage with Geoffrey Rush), Davis will now return to the esteemed school…but this time as a director.
Davis will be working with NIDA final year Acting, Costume, Properties and Objects, Staging, Technical Theatre and Stage Management students (and students of the MFA in Design for Performance) on Love And Money, a tart satire from British writer, Dennis Kelly, who co-penned Matilda The Musical with Tim Minchin and crafted a taut TV wonder with Utopia. Written in the muddy aftermath of The Global Financial Crisis, with loud echoes of 9/11 and the chaos that has rippled endlessly in its wake, Love And Money examines the human cost of the West’s economic belief system through the eyes of one couple.
“A lot of really good directors have a killer in them, as if they’d do anything to get that image,” Davis once said. “But that comes with the terrain, and I don’t mind it.” Is there a killer in Judy Davis? We’re not certain, but either way, Love And Money is sure to prod and provoke audiences in exactly the same way that its director has done as an actress for the past forty years. We’ve also heard that Judy Davis might just be eyeing a move into film directing (rumour has it that Ms. Davis has even optioned a few literary properties), so this could very well be a first step.
Love And Money is just one part of an impressive slate of productions for NIDA in June, treading the proverbial boards alongside Salem (created by Madeleine Humphreys and Emme Hoy), The Hypochondriac (directed by Constantine Costi), Eurydike + Orpheus (conceived and directed by Priscilla Jackman), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Directed by Prof Egill Heiðar Anton Pálsson).
For more information and to buy tickets, head to NIDA.