On-screen dreams for CQUni Mackay graduate despite horror year for arts

November 3, 2020

It’s year that stopped the entertainment industry in its tracks, but actor and CQUniversity Mackay alumnus Lauren Hamilton Neill is finding new ways to step into the silver screen spotlight.
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On-screen dreams for CQUni Mackay graduate despite horror year for arts

It’s year that stopped the entertainment industry in its tracks, but actor and CQUniversity Mackay alumnus Lauren Hamilton Neill is finding new ways to step into the silver screen spotlight.

Her latest film Dead People Problems is premiering at national horror film festival MonsterFest this week, one of just 20 shorts selected for the four-city event.

Ms Neill stars in the comedy horror as a ghostly haunted house caretaker, and she is excited about returning to the festival circuit.

“MonsterFest is one of the world’s most prestigious genre film festivals, and only a handful of shorts were selected to feature in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth – so it’s thrilling to have Dead People Problems as one of those, and reaching a passionate horror audience,” she said.

The success follows a big year in 2019 for the short film she co-wrote and starred in, A Remarkable Career.

Ms Neill won multiple Best Actress awards for her performance, with the film screening across festivals internationally.

“Creating my own content has had the most profound impact on my career – I finally found an amazing Australian agent, as well as gaining top-notch US management,” she said.

“Even despite the COVID-19 downturn, it’s meant I’ve been able to auditions for some exciting Australian and international productions, and other doors open to me as a writer.”

After receiving a scholarship and gaining a degree in Music Theatre at CQUniversity’s Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1999, Ms Neill moved from Mackay to Sydney to pursue her career.

Ms Neill has previously appeared in TV shows including Deadly Women (with two lead roles), Brothers in Arms: Bikie Wars, and Gods of Wheat Street.

Her first writer credit was on a project with fellow CQUni CQCM graduate Sean Miguel Perez, for festival-featured web-series Busy as Usual.

There’s plenty more coming up for the busy actor, including a role in new Australian feature film Risen by Eddy Arya, which recently signed a major international release deal.

More genre work includes the feminist horror script Ms Neill is currently writing, set in the already scary world of internet dating.

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