Logan meets his idol
FORGET the excitement of his first role in a feature film; Murwillumbah teenager Logan Reilly was just thrilled to meet his acting hero John Hurt.
Mr Reilly, 19, last week joined the award-winning Hurt on the set of Lou, which is being filmed in and around Murwillumbah's cane fields this month.
“Last weekend we had a casting call and I met John Hurt,” the Murwillumbah-born Mr Reilly said.
“He's a really nice guy.
“He's an actor I admire very much.”
As well as meeting film veteran Hurt, known for Midnight Express, The Elephant Man and more recently the Harry Potter series, Mr Reilly mingled with Australian stars Emily Barclay, who won an AFI award for Suburban Mayhem, and Jay Ryan, from Neighbours and Sea Patrol.
“I was expecting everyone to be a bit snobbish, but they all just want to help you out,” Mr Reilly said.
“Everyone's really friendly. It was great to be surrounded by professionals in the industry. I'm definitely going to learn a lot from the actors and crew.”
Lou, written and directed by Murwillumbah's Belinda Chayko, is a tender, family drama, about the relationship between 11-year-old Lou and her Alzheimer-suffering grandfather played by Hurt.
Although Mr Reilly doesn't have a speaking role, the aspiring actor plays Jock the repo guy whose painful job it is to take the family's possessions.
“I go to the house to get a TV and washing machine and things,” he said.
“I'm in a scene with John Hurt, which is what I dreamed of.”
Mr Reilly, who graduated from Murwillumbah High School last year, has spent the past six months trying to get acting jobs.
“It's a bit of a shock to get such a good role,” he said.
“I've been acting for ages, but being paid is new to me.
“I haven't been to uni yet to do acting, and now I might not have to.”
Local theatre-goers will recognise Mr Reilly as Herr Flick from the Murwillum- bah Theatre Company's recent 'Allo 'Allo production.
Mr Reilly thought he had missed out on getting a part after the auditions for Lou, and could not believe his luck when he got the role.
“I auditioned for the part and I was pretty nervous,” he admitted.
“I had to lift a TV while doing all different expressions.
“I got a call three days later and they said I got the part.”
The young thespian is now waiting for them to start shooting his scene towards the end of June.
“I've read the script and it's a wonderful story,” Mr Reilly said.
“I thought it was going to be just a short film, but it's an actual feature film.