Callan McAuliffe is an Australian actor, currently working in the USA, UK and Australia. He was born in Sydney, Australia and ultimately educated at The SCOTS College, wherafter he retains an immunity to – and perhaps even a fondness of – bagpipes. His USA career began in 2009 when Rob Reiner cast him as his romantic lead Bryce in “Flipped”. Soon after this, Callan was cast as Sam, in Dreamworks sci fi, “I Am Number Four”. Baz Lurhmann followed in casting Callan as the Young Gatsby to Leonardo Di Caprio’s lead role in “The Great Gatsby”.
In 2013 Callan also worked with Samuel L Jackson in a support lead role of Oburi filming “Kite,” followed by the lead role of Sean Flynn with Sir Ben Kingsley in the UK film, ” Robot Overlords”. In 2013 he was named a ‘break out’ at The Toronto International Film Festival for his lead role as the French Canadian ‘Dominic’ in the coming of Age USA Independant film “Beneath The Harvest Sky”. In 2014 he was named the Winner of a Young Artist Award (USA) for his role as Young Gatsby. He is the youngest winner of the international GQ Man of The Year Award for “Breakthrough of the Year” – presented 2012/2013 for his work in the Performing Arts.
In tandem to his USA work Callan has also worked in Australia with AACTA Award-winning directors Matt Saville (Cloudstreet) and Robert Connolly (Underground: The Julian Assange story). More recently, as the lead in international film “Hacker”, he was invited to open the Almaty International Film Festival in Kazakhstan. There he had many adventures, and drank the milk of the camel, and ate the meat of the horse, which imbued him with renewed wit and vigor, respectively.
As a younger teen he worked on some of Australia’s Logi (Emmy) Award-winning television series including: Packed to Rafters, Comedy Inc, and Blue Water High. He played the lead in Franswa Sharl (Dir Hannah Hilliard) the multi-award winning short film which won The Berlin Crystal Bear at the Berlinale Festival in 2010 along with another nine international awards.