Bojana Novakovic

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Bojana Novakovic
Les Miserables Premiere Sydney (8293105383).jpg
Novakovic at a Les Miserables premiere, Sydney, Australia, 2012
Born (1981-11-17) 17 November 1981 (age 33)
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present

Bojana Novakovic (Serbian: Бојана Новаковић / Bojana Novaković; 17 November 1981) is an Australian actress.

Early life[edit]

Novakovic was born on 17 November 1981 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia to Serbian parents. She moved to Australia in 1988, at the age of seven. Novakovic was initially interested in becoming a social worker or doctor, but after a significant set of events, she changed her mind and decided to pursue performing arts. Novakovic studied at The McDonald College in Sydney,[1] (where she was dux of 1999) and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a BA in Dramatic Arts in 2002. Her younger sister Valentina is also an actress, known for playing Natasha Williams in the Australian soap opera, Neighbours.[2]

Career[edit]

In 2003, Novakovic played Randa in the ABC mini-series Marking Time, a role which won her an AFI Award for "Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy". As an actress, Novakovic's film credits in Australia include Blackrock (1996), Strange Fits of Passion (1998), The Monkey's Mask (1999), Thunderstruck (2004), Solo (2005) and the Serbian films Optimisti (2005) and Skinning (2010). From 2007 to 2009, she played Tippi in TV series Satisfaction for Showtime Australia. Other roles include Drag Me to Hell (2009), Edge of Darkness (2009), Devil (2010), and Burning Man (2011). Generation Um is scheduled for release in 2012.

Theatre credits in Australia include These People, Away and Strange Fruit at the Sydney Theatre Company; The Female of the Species at the Melbourne Theatre Company; Woyzeck (Helpmann award nomination for best supporting actress in 2009), Criminology (Green Room award nomination for best actress 2007), Eldorado (Helpmann nomination for best supporting actress, 2006) and Necessary Targets at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, Death Variations and Loveplay (Ride On) for B Sharp, Romeo and Juliet with Bell Shakespeare Company and Debris for Ride On Theatre (which received a Green Room nomination for best Independent production and best actress in 2006).

Novakovic runs her own independent theatre company, Ride On Theatre (Sydney and Melbourne) with co-director Tanya Goldberg. She was a producer and performer for the 2004 Ride On Theatre sell out season of LOVEPLAY at the Downstairs Belvoir Street Theatre, and the 2006 Green Room nominated production of Debris (in which she was also nominated for best actress).[citation needed]

In 2008, she translated, adapted and directed Fake Porno in Melbourne, which was invited to be part of the Powerhouse season in Brisbane in 2009, and also received three Green Room nominations including best production. Outside of Ride On, she wrote and directed with Melbourne's Black Lung Theatre for the critically acclaimed production of Sugar at the 2007 Adelaide Fringe Festival. In 2010, Novakovic received an AFI nomination for International Award for Best Actress for her role in Edge of Darkness.[3] She is currently starring in an improvised theatrical production called The Blind Date project for the Sydney Festival.[citation needed]

Novakovic landed the part of a beautiful prostitute-turned-law-student in Fox's series, Rake, starring Greg Kinnear.[4] The show was canceled in May, 2014. She is currently set to star in The Woods, a horror film set in Ireland and directed by Corin Hardy.[5]

Works on Mary MacLane[edit]

Ride On's late 2011 production was The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself, based on the writings of Mary MacLane, a self-proclaimed genius and recluse from the very early 20th century in Butte, Montana. Novakovic wrote the piece with musician Tim Rogers and Tanya Goldberg as director.[citation needed] They received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts for development of the show with support from Malthouse Theatre, Merrigong Theatre Co. and Griffin Theatre Company, as well as production funding from Art NSW. A comprehensive MacLane anthology – Human Days: A Mary MacLane Reader – debuted in Australia with a Foreword by Novakovic in late November 2011. The second volume, A Quite Unusual Intensity of Life: A Mary MacLane Companion, also issued under the Petrarca Press logo, is to be published in 2015. The two volumes will total more than 1200 pages.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 House of Fun Gymnast TV series
1997 Blackrock Tracy Credited as Boyana Novakovich
1999 Heartbreak High Tasha TV series, 2 episodes
1999 Big Sky Leisa TV series, episode: "Desperate Measures"
1999 Strange Fits of Passion Jaya
1999 WildSide Vildana Asimovic TV series, 2 episodes
1999 Murder Call Sophie Misfud TV series, episode: "Bad Business"
1999 All Saints Rachel Carpenter TV series, episode: "Ghosts of Christmas Past"
2000 Water Rats Sarah Schreiber TV series, episode: "A Day to Remember (Break Your Heart)"
2000 Monkey's Mask, TheThe Monkey's Mask Tianna
2003 Marking Time Randa TV movie
2004 Everything Goes Brianie's Friend Short film
2004 Thunderstruck Anna
2004–2005 Cooks, TheThe Cooks Raffa TV series, 13 episodes
2005 The Eye Inside Mademoiselle "X" Short film
2006 Solo Billie
2006 Optimists, TheThe Optimists Marina
2006 BlackJack: At the Gates Nikki TV movie
2007–2009 Satisfaction Tippi TV series, 20 episodes
2008 Seven Pounds Julie
2009 Drag Me to Hell Ilenka Ganush
2010 Edge of Darkness Emma Craven
2010 Devil Sarah Caraway
2010 Skinning Mina
2011 Burning Man Sarah
2012 The King Is Dead Therese
2012 Generation Um... Violet
2012 Not Suitable for Children Ava
2014 Rake Melissa "Mikki" Partridge TV series
2014 The Woods Clare Hitchens in post-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
2004 Australian Film Institute Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy Won Marking Time
2008 Astra Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Female Nominated Satisfaction (Australian TV series)
2010 Australian Film Institute Best Actress Nominated Edge of Darkness (2010 film)
2012 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actress - Leading Role Won Burning Man (film)


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mcdonald.nsw.edu.au/mcd/newsfolder/bojana-novakovic-dux-of-1998.html
  2. ^ "Valentina Novakovic". Neighbours.com. Network Ten. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Knox, David (27 October 2010). "2010 AFI Awards: Nominees". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Pehanick, Maggie. "Pilot Scoop: Rake". IMDB. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Allen, Michael. "The Woods Foreshadows Death in this Early Film Poster". IMDB. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

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