You can tell there's fire in her belly. Chelsea Bruland was
just 16 when she made a movie deal with her dad: "I promised
him 5% of my first million dollars if I made it within any two
year period, if he would pay for a week's screen acting course at
NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney)."
Chelsea, living in the Adelaide Hills, did the course, and went
on to co-star with Shimon Moore in the family adventure, Selkie,
which opens this Easter around Australia.
"I absolutely loved
Now 17, her ambition is to become the youngest writer/director
in Australia, and is this year busy making short films in
preparation - and hoping to start working on a feature script. In
Selkie, she plays Sam, a country girl "who is in some ways
like me, but more naïve. Chelsea describes her first movie
making experience as …well, "indescribable. . . I
absolutely loved it."
Shimon Moore is also making his feature film debut, and also
has ambitions: to have a multi-faceted arts career as a musician
and actor - and as the guitarist/vocalist in The Sick Puppies,
he's already on the way. Their first CD, Dog's Breakfast, was
funded by the money he made from Selkie. Shimon lives with his
musician father on the Central Coast of NSW, and there is some
fatherly help on the CD, in the form of brass and strings on a
couple of tracks.
"An enchanted human"
Shimon's godfather is actor max Phipps, who coached him for
the auditions that landed him the lead role in Selkie, the story
of a young boy who discovers he's a 'selkie' - an enchanted human
who can turn into a seal in the water.
Well connected as he is, Shimon had to deliver once he got the
role of Jamie, but he says it wasn't too hard: "Jamie is a
kid lot like me…he's got a band, plays football and works in
a pasta restaurant. The only thing that's different is that
instead of playing football, I play guitar."