I wrote about Alex sometime back. I'm not exactly sure when but it must have been after I saw Head On, an amazing film by writer/director Ana Kokkinos that featured an incredibly raw and spot on performance by Dimitriades. He may have been listed under the Why Aren't They Stars category on my blog. But of course, that pretty much pertains to America. Alex is from Australia and I would assume has a fairly good following down under.
My friend Rick knew I was a huge fan of Australian cinema. Though I will have to plead ignorance to most of the newer stuff. I had gravitated to the New Wave of down under filmmaking back in the 80s. But Rick suggested I check out Head On and I was taken by the film and by its lead.
I remember reading somewhere that Dimitriades had decided to spend a few months a year in the United States in hopes of landing some film work. He did land a couple of projects here, but they didn't really utilized his talents well. And for the most part I think those films were forgettable. Again, not due to any fault of Dimitriades. I wonder if he is still open to work in the US? And if so, if he still ventures over here every so often?
As recently as this summer, I believe, he starred in a stage version of Rain Man which I hear received good notices. I really would have enjoyed seeing that, and hope there's a video copy somewhere out there.
Alex Dimitriades is an amazing talent who, I almost hate to say this, reminds me of a very young Mel Gibson. Yes, I'm talking Gibson before all his craziness. Like Gibson in Gallipoli or The Year of Living Dangerously, Dimitriades has this ability to rise to the occasion of good work and make it even better, this is certainly true of Head On and some of his television work.
A year or so ago I came across a script that I thought would be a perfect fit for him. Sadly the funding fell through so we never even got to the talent stage of things. Every once in a while I ring up the producers of the project, wondering if it's still in turn-around hell or if there's a glimmer of financing hope. So far nothing. But I'll keep checking.
So happy birthday to Alex Dimitriades. A guy who is not only easy on the eyes, but has talent to match! I hope we see more of him in 2011.