Cinema Australia Podcast #78 | Joel Jackson

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Joel Jackson

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Welcome to a very special episode of the Cinema Australia Podcast.

As regular listeners will know, discussions on this podcast are usually centred around a particular film, and it’s not often I take listeners on a deep dive into an actor’s career. It’s just the way the publicity machine works, and not everyone, particularly busy actors, have the time to sit for two hours and talk about themselves.

With the recent announcement that actor Joel Jackson has been appointed as an ambassador for CinefestOZ Albany, I invited Joel to join an episode to discuss his career, which he jumped at. 

I’ve interviewed Joel on a few red carpets, and during the press junket for Greg McLean’s Jungle. I’ve also spent some time with Joel at various events and CinefestOZ after parties, and I’ve found him to be very warm and open, so I had no doubt listeners will get a lot out of this episode. 

Joel Jackson at CinefestOZ in 2019.

Most of you will be familiar with Joel’s work. 

The Albany-born actor and musician is celebrated for his big and small screen roles in projects such as Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, Deadline Gallipoli, Jungle, H is For Happiness, Mystery Road, and I Met a Girl, as well as stage productions like Born Yesterday. 

Here, Joel discusses most of those projects, but he also gives us a fascinating insight into the mechanics of an actor working in Australia today. Joel also talks about growing up in Western Australia and his passion for regional communities. Joel also discusses the hard truths and frustrations of being an actor which some listeners will get a lot out of, especially if you’re an up-and-coming actor yourself.

Joel also shares the story behind his exit from Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis – the first time he’s told the story publicly.

As I mentioned earlier, Joel has recently become an ambassador for CinefestOZ Albany which will take place from the 28th of April until the 1st of May. You can find out more about that festival at

Anyway… Enjoy. 


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