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Clare Bowen

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performance) 2006

clare bowen

UOW Performance graduate Clare Bowen starred in the Australian film The Combination , which was released to strong critical acclaim in February.

Clare, from Minnamurra, graduated from UOW in 2006 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Performance.

The film’s director, David Field, best known for his extensive acting work in television and films such as Two Hands and Chopper, taught acting at UOW while Clare completed her studies.

Field hand-picked Clare for the role of Sydney in his film, after auditions could not deliver the right actor.

The Combination tells the story of a Lebanese family in the western suburbs of Sydney. Lead character John Morkos (played by the film’s writer George Basha) is released from prison to start a new life. But his younger brother Charlie (Firass Dirani) is being lured by the local underworld.

John’s life changes when he meets a local Aussie girl Sydney (Clare’s character) and finds a job at the local boxing gym. But his brother’s continuing descent into crime places the whole family in harm’s way, forcing John to risk his new life to right his younger brother’s wrong.

Faculty of Creative Arts Music and Drama Head Professor Sarah Miller attended the film’s premiere, and said she was “thrilled” with how it turned out.

“I absolutely loved it … it’s beautifully shot and the actors give it incredible authenticity,” Professor Miller said. “It’s not just a film about race relations, it’s very human. It’s a genuine, heartfelt, funny and dark story.”

ABC Television’s At the Movies host David Stratton awarded the film four and a half stars, and called it “a must see…powerfully authentic and beautifully made.”

Of Clare’s performance, Stratton’s co-host Margaret Pomeranz said: “[she] is a revelation. It’s her first screen role, but certainly not her last…” KM

Last reviewed: 10 July, 2009

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