Australian Film & TV actor Simon Westaway is mostly known for his portrayal of Dominic “Mick” Gatto in Nine’s true-crime drama Underbelly, Australia’s highest ever-rated TV programme, and the celebrated sequel Fat Tony & Co. Simon will be making his way to the Screenwise Studios once again in May to teach students the secret behind his screen acting technique. We took a closer look at his acting journey and have outlined some of his most notable Film and TV credits.
Simon Westaway initially worked in the Victorian Police Force from 1977 before his career began in Film and Television. He appeared in more than eight TV series and eight movies, most prominently his portrayal of Dominic “Mick” Gatto in Underbelly and Fat Tony & Co. He has also made appeared in a range of other iconic Australian TV productions including Blue Heelers, Small Claims, White Collar Blue, Temptation and Stingers. Simon also has an impressive list of film credits to his name, including Australian Rules, Komodo, The Thin Red Line, Babe: Pig In The City and Cable. He has also appeared in numerous commercials and lent his voice for George Miller’s highly successful animated movie Happy Feet. In 2003 Simon received an award by the Film Critics Circle of Australia for his role in Australian Rules.
Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind learning opportunity and join Simon Westaway for a six-week intensive that goes beyond the acting basics. Screen Acting Intermediate builds on your previous acting experience in a relaxed, focused and charismatic way. You’ll learn how to maintain performance whilst making high stake choices, understand a scene through listening to the author, apply monologue as a personal story, receive feedback and follow direction consistently and how to perform confidently in front of the camera through weekly scene work.
“Firstly, it is an invaluable experience learning from professionals in the industry. Secondly, a lot of key knowledge is passed on for such a short course.”
“I really love the short courses, I am always reminding myself to enjoy the process of learning new things and appreciating acting as an art and I am glad the short courses have been so enriching to have allowed me to do that.”