Isaac – Aaron Schuppan
Aaron, like all writer/directors, secretly wants to act. Playing the very character (Isaac) in Wastelander Panda Season 2 that killed him (Leopard Jacket) in Season 1 was too much of a Ouroboros-like existential dilemma for him to pass up.
Aaron’s latest short as a director, Pale Blue Dot, recently played the St Kilda film festival. He is currently working on his debut feature film.
Isaac [Voice] – Brendan Cowell
From 2004 until 2007, Cowell played the lead role of Tom in the iconic Foxtel / Southern Star TV series, Love My Way, for which he penned eight episodes (two of which were nominated for Australian Writers’ Guild Awards).
In 2008 he portrayed Hamlet at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre, followed by lead roles in director Matthew Saville’s feature drama Noise (for which he received AFI and IF nominations for Best Actor), the critically acclaimed World War I tale, Beneath Hill 60, and the romantic comedy, I Love You Too.
Additional film and television acting credits throughout the last decade include the TV series, Life Support, Fat Cow Motel, Rush, Ten Empty (which he co-wrote), The Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away, and the 2011 mini-series, The Slap, for which he wrote two episodes; Cowell’s episode, Harry, won the 2011 AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Television. That same year, Cowell’s role in The Dark Room at Belvoir Theatre earned him a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Actor in a Mainstage Production.
Cowell has most recently been seen in the Nine Network drama series, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, and the TV movie The Outlaw Michael Howe. He is currently developing his stage-play Ruben Guthrie into a feature film, which he plans to direct. Cowell will next be seen in Observance, directed by Joseph Sims-Dennett and Broke, directed by Heath Davis.
Rose – Lily Pearl
Lily Pearl is a young South Australian actress, best known for the role of Young Robyn Davidson in the feature film Tracks (2013), directed by John Curran. Lily also played Rose in Wastelander Panda: Exile (2014) for ABC iView and Emily in the short film The Pines.
Lily has also studied classical ballet since the age of 2.5 years, receiving a Distinction for her last three ‘Royal Academy of Dance’ examinations.
Arcayus – Marcus McKenzie
Marcus McKenzie is one of the creators of the original Wastelander Panda concept and has played the character of Arcayus in the Prologue and both series to date.
Over the last several years Marcus has worked on a number of short films and music videos, focusing on developing his skills as both a writer and director.
In 2010 he completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen) at Flinders University and is currently in production on his feature film directorial debut Crew Cut, for which he also wrote the screenplay.
Arcayus [Voice] – Roger Newcombe
Roger Newcombe was born on October 10 1941, and brought up alternatively in the north of England and the Channel Islands. He moved to Canada in 1955 and to Australia in 1968.
Roger is a former plumber, encyclopaedia salesman and advertising copywriter, and still dabbles in the latter. He performed in his first amateur play in 1970, was offered a professional contract in 1971 and has been treading the boards ever since.
Roger has worked with the Twelfth Night Theatre Co., The Old Tote, Nimrod, Queensland, Melbourne, Pram Factory and South Australian Theatre Companies. He played ‘Judge Danforth’ in STC production of The Crucible and ‘Charity Commissioner’ in The Government Inspector.
Roger was most recently seen at the Bakehouse in ‘The Drawer Boy,’ ‘Elephant Song’ and ‘Educating Rita’ and at Holden St. in ‘Shakespeare in Italy’ and ‘Perish the Thought.’
Hannah – Rick Mills
Hannah [Voice] – Chrissie Page
Varrick – Chantal Contouri
Chantal is known for her roles in television series General Hospital, Thirst and Snapshot. She was also a regular cast member of the music program Kommotion and is best known as nurse Tracey Wilson in the soap opera Number 96 (1974–1975).
Chantal later appeared in The Sullivans as Melina Tsangarakis, who married Norm Baker before her death by firing squad. Contouri appeared in the US daytime soap opera General Hospital in 1988 and played a guest role in Australian teen soap E Street in 1993.
She played a main role in sex comedy film Alvin Purple Rides Again (1974), and later had a guest role in the Alvin Purple television series produced in 1976. Contouri had starring roles in the horror-suspense films Thirst (1979) and Snapshot (1979). Her most recent feature film appearance was in The House Keeper.
THE HELM CLAN
Marcellus – Craig Behenna
Havero – Charles Mayer
Jake – Nigel Tripodi
Torin – Delana Carbone
Rayne – Julie Wood
Elliott – Hjalmar Svenna
Cohen – Aaron Cartwright
Nazeer – Brendan Rock
Holt – David Rock
Jobe – Peter Michell
Levan – Blake Moore
Official – John Doherty
Royal Official 1 – Michael Constantinou
Royal Official 2 – Ivan Rehorek
Royal Official 3 – Richard Harris
Royal Official 4 – Mark J. Muscat
Mai – Holly Brindley
Uraila – Mara Koutsouridis
Isaac – Andrew Wallis
Arcayus – Daniel Becker
Rayne – Karla Savaglia