John Polson

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John Polson
John Polson at Tropfest 2013, Sydney, Australia.jpg
Polson at the 2013 Tropfest in Sydney, Australia
Born (1965-09-06) 6 September 1965 (age 53)
OccupationActor, Director
Amanda Harding (m. 2004)

John Polson (born 6 September 1965 in Sydney) is an Australian actor, director and founder of Tropfest.

As an actor, Polson's best known role is probably starring opposite Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson in The Sum of Us (1994).

In February 2001, Polson attended the 12th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in Hokkaidō, Japan, where his film Siam Sunset won the Minami Toshiko Award.[1] In 2005 he directed the film Hide and Seek, which achieved number one box-office status in America. He also directed the feature film Tenderness starring Russell Crowe and Laura Dern, which was released in 2009.

Polson is the creative founder of Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival. In 2007, Tropfest partnered with the Tribeca Film Festival to present Tropfest@Tribeca in Battery Park. He is also a talented saxophone player. At the APRA Music Awards of 2013, Screen Music Awards ceremony he was presented with the International Achievement Award.[2]

Filmography as director[edit]

Year Title Notes
1999 Siam Sunset
2002 Swimfan
2005 Hide and Seek
2009 Tenderness
2011 All in the Family Body of Proof episode
2018 Fear the Walking Dead What's Your Story episode

Filmography as actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 For Love Alone Leo
1987 Vietnam Serge 10 episode
Dangerous Game Tony
1988 Dadah Is Death Kevin Barlow Television film
1989 Tender Hooks Tony
1990 Prisoners of the Sun Private Jimmy Fenton
1994 Heartland Patrick
Sirens Tom
The Sum of Us Greg
1995 Audacious Tom Short film
Back of Beyond Nick
1997 Kangaroo Palace Richard Turner Television film
1998 The Boys Glenn Sprague
2000 Mission: Impossible 2 Billy Baird


  1. ^ "YUBARI INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL 2001". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  2. ^ "International Achievement Award". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC). 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2015.

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