Gay Aboriginal actor and musical composer for the Bangarra Dance Theatre, David Page is set to star in the first-ever feature-length indigenous comedy, Stone Bros.
Shot in Kalgoorlie and Perth, the movie boasts indigenous actors Luke Carroll and Leon Burchill.
The film tells the story of Eddie (Carroll) and his hard-living cousin Charlie (Burchill) as they set off on a road trip to get away from city life and discover more about their heritage.
Page plays Regina, a transsexual hitchhiker who is picked up by Eddie and Charlie.
“It was a great experience and I really enjoyed bringing her to life,” Page told Sydney Star Observer.
“She’s got more balls then the male characters. She quite proud of who she is and she has a past that nobody really knows about, but you can tell she has been through a lot.”
Page shares that the film is not primarily about issues faced by transsexual people, but rather, it seeks to explore wider issues of human identity.
“It wasn’t about making a stance on being a transsexual. It’s as simple as having someone be known to the audience as just a human being with feelings.
“The movie is really uplifting and takes on a different angle in terms of Aboriginality because it takes the piss out of everything and it’s not the token Aboriginal that everyone is used to.”
Meanwhile, the entertainer will bring his one-man show, Page 8, to the Belvoir St Upstairs Theatre. Opening on October 21, the production tells of Page’s childhood living in a Mount Gravatt housing commission estate and how he became Australia’s answer to Michael Jackson.
“It’s a coming-of-age autobiography,” he said.
“I talk about being a young gay man in the suburbs of Brisbane, working as a concreter and then a window-dresser, having a boyfriend, having a girlfriend. It’s a bit of a story-telling theatre show with comedy, drama, music and dance.”
info: Stone Bros. opens in selected cinemas this Thursday, September 24. For more details on the movie visit www.stonebrosmovie.com.au Page 8 is at the Belvoir Theatre from Wednesday, October 21. Bookings on 9699 3444 or visit www.belvoir.com.au