NEWCASTLE girl Dani Swan is making a name for herself in Tinseltown. She has been cast as the lead role in the science fiction thriller, Cerulean.
The movie’s director is Tani Kunitake, a visual artist who worked on a string of movies including The Matrix, Fight Club, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Peter Pan, Superman Returns and the upcoming Star Wars – Episode VIII.
Cerulean is in pre-production in Los Angeles.
Kunitake said Swan’s ‘‘femme fatale looks and crisp blue eyes were a perfect match for the character Cerulean’’.
‘‘Dani plays deadly and vulnerable with commanding presence, which is the core of the heroine,’’ he said.
‘‘Her skill with movement and grace add a unique signature to the character.’’
Dani moved with her family from Tamworth to Valentine aged eight, before they settled in Eleebana two years later.
‘‘My parents still live in the same house in Eleebana,’’ she said.
She spent a lot of time in Newcastle, as she grew up.
‘‘To this day, Darby Street is my favourite place,’’ she said.
She loved Liquid Gold Cafe on Shortland Esplanade for its view of Newcastle Beach.
‘‘Merewether and Bar beaches are the most beautiful beaches in the world,’’ she said.
‘‘Travelling overseas, I began to appreciate this even more.’’
Dani recently finished filming two episodes for Caribbean’s Next Top Model as a guest judge and mentor.
DOCTOR Who’s famous time-travelling Tardis – otherwise known as a 1960s-style London police box – will appear at Honeysuckle on Tuesday, next to the Maritime Museum.
The BBC is bringing the Tardis to Newie to promote the upcoming Doctor Who Festival in Sydney on November 21 and 22 at the Hordern Pavilion.
A fan competition will be held at 3.30pm at Honeysuckle. The BBC will provide props for fans to dress as the 12th Doctor and pose with the Tardis, so they can upload pics to social media for a chance to win a double-pass to the festival. As the good doctor would say, fantastic!
A FEW years back, we used to sit on the grassy knoll in Pacific Park, near Newcastle Beach, while eating lunch.
We’d usually fall into a daydream, before heading back to work to write another story.
She of the keen eye, Newcastle Herald journo Penny Green, noticed that a padlock had been broken on a powerpoint for the park’s circular brick stage.
It seems we weren’t the only one with a tendency to daydream in this park.
‘‘Someone could have a massive concert there,’’ she said.
She was thinking something like U2’s famous performance of Where the Streets Have No Name on a Los Angeles rooftop for the filming of a music video.
Atta girl, dream big.
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