Lindsay Farris

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Lindsay Farris
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Born (1985-10-18) 18 October 1985 (age 33)
Sydney, Australia
OccupationActor, author, director, musician.
Years activeSince 2002

Lindsay Farris is an Australian / Maori actor, writer, producer, musician, voice over artist and entrepreneur who has been labelled as one of the young guardians of theatre.[1][2]


Stage work[edit]

Farris has an extensive background in Australian theatre having worked for several leading Australian theatre companies including the Sydney Theatre Company under Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton's Artistic Direction, La Boite Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, The Production Company and Christine Dunstan Productions.

Farris' theatre credits include the critically acclaimed[3][4][5][6] title role of Hamlet in Sport For Jove Theatre Company production at the Seymour Centre for which he received a 2012 Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in an Independent Production.[7] Farris received rave reviews with iconic Sydney arts reviewer and co-founder of the Sydney Theatre Awards Diana Simmonds stating "Lindsay Farris' Hamlet is the most electrifying, memorable, sustained and intelligent realisation of the tragic Prince of Denmark I've ever seen".[4] In 2011 he appeared in the Australian premiere of Anthony Neilson's play Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness, a co-production between the Sydney Theatre Company and La Boite Theatre Company.

Farris appeared as Dakin in the Alan Bennett play The History Boys at the Sydney Opera House.[8]

In May 2013 Farris reprised his critically acclaimed role of the Danish Prince in Sport For Jove Theatre Company's return season of Hamlet. Farris appeared in Noises Off and Mojo, both for Sydney Theatre Company.[citation needed]

Farris was founder and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre Company.[9]

Film and Television[edit]

Farris appeared in Peter Templeman's 2005 short film Splintered, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2005.[10] It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film (Live Action).[citation needed]

In 2009 Farris appeared in Rene Hernandez’s short film The Ground Beneath, which was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Film.[11][12]

Farris starred in the Joseph Sims feature film Bad Behaviour alongside John Jarratt. The film was selected as the closing night feature for the 2010 Melbourne Underground Film Festival, and received five awards including Best Actor for Lindsay.[13] Bad Behaviour also appeared at the 2011 Cinequest Film Festival, making its North American premiere and has since appeared at Cannes and Another Hole in the Head Festival in San Francisco.[14]

In 2010 Farris worked alongside Sunny Abberton to develop a documentary on youth theatre in Australia.[15] Lindsay is also Executive Director of The Australian Ministry of Theatre, a company dedicated to the development of cultural initiatives for the sustainability of theatre practitioners and audiences.[16]

In 2015 Lindsay worked alongside Geoffrey Rush, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Brenton Thwaites and Gerard Butler on Gods of Egypt for Lionsgate Entertainment. Prior to this, Farris appeared in the Australian component of Geography of the Heart. He also worked with Alan Ball's HBO show Virtuoso executive produced by Elton John and David Furnish, and appeared as Dom Loneragan on Home and Away for The Seven Network. Farris also co-produced and starred in Observance, Joseph Sims-Dennett's second feature film, alongside John Jarratt and Brendan Cowell. Observance went to Cinequest Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival.

In 2017 Lindsay appeared in PBS civil war drama Mercy Street for Scott Free Productions and Carl Logan in Sisters for Endemol Shine Australia.

In 2018 he appears as Dalton, the leader of the Knights of Sumeria in Ash Vs Evil Dead alongside Lucy Lawless and Bruce Campbell, executive produced by Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell.

In 2019 he appeared again alongside Lucy Lawless in CJZ's My Life Is Murder for Acorn TV and Network TEN.

Directing and Writing[edit]

Farris was founding Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre Company of Australia and founding Chair of the National Youth Theatre Company Foundation.

Farris has taught regularly at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and has worked with students in performing arts at primary, secondary and tertiary schools across Australia including National Institute of Dramatic Arts and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.[citation needed]

Farris is a regular lecturer at intensive education programs, including the NSW State Drama Camp, NSW Riverina School's Drama Camp, Big Day Out, National Institute of Dramatic Art Young Actors Studio, NSW State Drama Company and NSW State Drama Ensemble. He also lectures regularly at schools and community centers on the importance of film, theatre, acting, and drama in education.

Farris wrote the screenplay for Untitled Lindsay Farris Project, for which he was shortlisted for the 2018 Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition[17] and was a finalist for the 2019 Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship[18][19] and Table Read My Screenplay Competition.[20] Farris has also written the stage plays Sugar Bowl and Touch.[21]

Farris is also author of the novel, A Young Actor's Guide to Becoming a Wanker.[22]


Farris is a pianist, who has performed in venues around Australia including the Sydney Opera House, Vanguard, Metro and The Spanish Club.

Charity work[edit]

Farris was co-founder and Chair of the National Youth Theatre Company Foundation.[23]



Year Play Role Company
2002 Hello Dolly Barnaby The Production Company
2003 Hamlet Hamlet National Institute of Dramatic Art
2004 I'm Not Rappaport Gilley Ensemble Theatre
Seven Little Australians Unknown new theatre
2005 Verbal Combat Unknown Brainstorm Productions
Saving Cal and Mindi Unknown Brainstorm Productions
2006 Birds of Passage Unknown The Street Theatre Company
2007 One in a Hundred Simon The Street Theatre Company
Love of the Nightingale Tereus National Institute of Dramatic Art
Emergence Ram Synarcade
2008 Blowing Whistles Mark Focus Theatre / Belvoir St Theatre
2009 The Keeper Man Micah Projects
Inside Out Simon Christine Dunstan Productions
The Little Dog Laughed Alex Ensemble Theatre
2011 Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness Nicholas Ludd Sydney Theatre Company / La Boite Theatre Company
2012 Hamlet Hamlet[24] Sport For Jove Theatre Company
2013 The History Boys Dakin The Peach Theatre Company
Hamlet Hamlet Sport For Jove Theatre Company
2014 Noises Off Timothy Allgood Sydney Theatre Company
Mojo Baby Sydney Theatre Company


Year Film Production Company, director, Role Type Notes
2002 All Saints Nicholas TV episode
2003 Marking Time Student TV episode
The Sleepover Club (TV Series) Burberry Productions, Dir. Kate Woods, Wolf TV episode
My Soul Is Too Much Charged AFTRS, Dir. Justine Gilmer, Harry Winchester Short Film
Splintered Dir. Peter Templeman, Gavin Short Film Multi-award-winning[25] short film which was in contention for the 2006 Academy Awards for Best Short Film (Live Action). Won 14 awards including:
  • Grand Jury Winner, Best Narrative Short – Slamdance Film Festival 2005
  • Best Film & Best Director – St Kilda Film Festival 2005
  • Best Film & Best Actor – In The Bin Short Film Festival 2005
  • Best Film & Best Director – Falls Creek Film Festival 2005
G.D. Drama Unknown Short Film
2004 Blue Water High Southern Star Productions, Cal TV episode
All Saints SNO, Dir. Chris Seeto, Wayne TV episode
On the Lurk with Roy and H.G. Hecktown Pty. Ltd., Dir. Adam Blaiklock, Young Bon Scott Short Film
Twists of Fate On The Mark Films, Dir. Mark Eder, Dennis Feature Film
2007 Sea Patrol (TV Series) Sea Patrol Productions, Dir. Geoff Bennett, Simon TV episode
2008 The Ground Beneath Passion Pictures, Dir. Rene Hernandez, Mate Short Film Multi award winning short film which was in contention for the 2010 Academy Awards[11] for Best Short Film (Live Action). Won 13 awards including:
2010 Primal Primal Films, Dir. Josh Reed, Chad Feature Film Nominated for 5 awards BLOODFEST FANTASTIQUE FILM FESTIVAL including Best Actor – Lindsay Farris, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress & Best Screenplay
My Place Rusty Fig Productions, Dir. Sam Lang, Earl TV episode
Rescue: Special Ops Southern Star, Dir. David Caesar, Shane TV episode
Bad Behaviour Sterling Cinema Australia, Dir. Joseph Sims, Peterson Feature Film Official Selection Australian Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival and Melbourne Underground Film Festival. Received six awards at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival including:
  • Best Actor – Lindsay Farris
  • Best Director – Joseph Sims
  • Best Film
  • Best Screenplay – Feature Film
  • Best Supporting Actor – Roger Ward
  • Best Supporting Actress – Ellen Grimshaw
2011 Crosshairs 17 Degrees South Films, Dir. Mike Hoath, Beau Short Film Multi award-winning short film including:
  • New York City Short Film Festival- Best Drama
  • Williamsburg International Film Festival – Outstanding Achievement
  • Woodland Film Festival – Best Australian Short Film & Audience Choice
  • Australian Film Festival – Honourable Mention
  • Clare Valley Film Festival – Best Australian Short Film & Audience Choice
Geography of the Heart Sun Productions, Dir. Samantha Rebillet, Tal Feature Film
Elixir Brodie Higgs Productions, Dir. Brodie Higgs, Phillipe Feature Film
Paradise Lost Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros., Dir. Alex Proyas Feature Film
2012 Chicom Amos – Litton-Strain, Dir. Brendon McDonall, Charlie Short Film
Agent Provocateur Sirin Productions, Dir. Sophie Wiesner, Ljubo Short Film
Hamlet Dir. L. Hall, Hamlet Feature
2013 Observance Sterling Cinema Australia, Dir. Joseph Sims, Parker Feature Film
Shift Deceptionworks, Dir. James Croke, Adam Short Film
2014 The Code Playmaker Media, Dir. Shawn Seet, Dean Television
Parer's War Parer's War Pty. Ltd, Dir. Alister Grierson, Max Dupain Feature Film
2015 Winter Cornerstone Pictures, Dir. Ian Watson, Martin Jenkins Television
Virtuoso HBO, Executive Prod. Alan Ball, Elton John, David Furnish, Heinrich Von Faust Television
2016 Gods of Egypt Mystery Clock Cinema, Summit Entertainment, Thunder Road Pictures, Dir. Alex Proyas Feature Film
Home and Away The Seven Network, Dom Loneragan Television
2017 Mercy Street Scott Free Productions, Dir. Laura Innes, Declan Brannan Television
Sisters Endemol Shine, Prod. Imogen Banks, Carl Logan Television
2018 Ash Vs Evil Dead Starz, Produced by Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert & Bruce Campbell. Dalton Television
2019 My Life is Murder Network Ten, CJZ Television

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Role Result
2004 Bondi Short Film Festival "Best Actor" Splintered Gavin Won
2005 In The Bin Film Festival "Best Actor" Splintered Gavin Won
2010 Melbourne Underground Film Festival "Best Actor" Bad Behaviour Peterson Won
2011 BloodFest Fantastique Film Festival "Best Actor" Primal Chad Nominated
2012 Sydney Theatre Awards "Best Actor in an Independent Production" Hamlet Hamlet Nominated
2018 Screencraft Pilot Launch Competition Best Screenplay Untitled Lindsay Farris Project Writer Finalist
2019 Table Read My Screenplay - Hollywood Best Screenplay Untitled Lindsay Farris Project Writer Finalist
2019 Inroads Screenwriting Fellowship Best Feature Film or Television Pilot Untitled Lindsay Farris Project Writer Finalist


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Further reading[edit]

  • "A prince of players", Lauren Murada, Inner West Courier, 21 June 2012, p. Cover, 2 and 33 – Lindsay Farris on playing Hamlet in Sport For Jove Theatre Company's 2012 production
  • "Only The Lonely", Matt O'Neill, Time Off, 18 May 2011, p 28: Interview for Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness (La Boite Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company)
  • "Leading by example" Garrett Bithell, AX National, 7 May 2009, p 3, 20–21: Interview about Lindsay Farris' career to date and in the future
  • "Pulling no punches" Garrett Bithell, SX, 9 July 2009, p Cover and 13, Cover story and feature interview to promote The Little Dog Laughed for the Ensemble Theatre
  • "Schizophrenia's long and difficult journey", Ron Cerabona, The Canberra Times, May 2007, interview for 1 in 100/ Inside Out
  • "Actors seek a deeper meaning in their work", The Glebe, 6 July 2006, p 15 – Lindsay Farris on being a young Australian actor
  • "Acting on an Ambition" Vanessa Santer, mX 9 February 2006 – on NIDA Young Actors Studio

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