Arcayus – Marcus McKenzie
Marcus McKenzie completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Screen Production) at Flinders University, and has written and directed several short films and music videos.
Marcus is one of the Co-Creators of Wastelander Panda, as well as playing Arcayus in the Prologue and series.
Arcayus [Voice] – Roger Newcombe
Born 1/10/41, brought up alternatively in the north of England and the Channel Islands. Moved to Canada in 1955 and to Australia in 1968. Former plumber, encyclopaedia salesman and advertising copywriter (still dabbles). Performed in first amateur play in 1970, offered a professional contract in 1971 and has been treading the boards ever since. Has worked with Twelfth Night Theatre Co. The Old Tote, Nimrod, Queensland, Melbourne, Pram Factory and South Australian Theatre Companies. Played ‘Judge Danforth’ in STC production of The Crucible and ‘Charity Commissioner’ in The Government Inspector 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’.
Television credits include Cop Shop, Matlock, Division Four, The Box, The Restless Years, Young Doctors, Holiday Island, Airport, Kingswood Country, Country Practice, The Battlers (mini-series), McLeods Daughters (pilot and series) Chuck Finn, Glad Rags, Blue Heelers and many more.
Film credits: Odd Angry Shot, Phar Lap, Between Wars, Lust and Revenge, Black and White, Travelling Light, Broken Hill, Roadman, Marriage of Figaro, Disappeared (US cable TV), The Justice Squad.
Voice Artist: Television and Radio commercials, documentary narrations, cartoon voices, specializing in accents and dialects. Currently voice of Wastelander Panda.
Rose – Mandahla Rose
Mandahla Rose is an Adelaide-based actor.
Over the past 5 years, Mandahla has worked on several television commercials, short films – including Priya and ISIS, and feature films, including Oranges and Sunshine and Wolf Creek 2.
Mandahla recently completed filming on the short film Pale Blue Dot, as the lead, Francoise, and performed in this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival in the Lally Katz play Smashed.
Young Rose – Sunny Heartfield
Sunny came into this world in November 2005, and into the arms of her loving mum, dad and brother.
Although only 7 years old, Sunny lives her life with passion and excitement for everything. She is in Year 2 at Primary School and excels in all aspects of school life.
Working on Wastelander Panda, Sunny was able to fulfil her love of being creative and being around creative people. This was her first acting experience.
Sunny’s kind nature and selflessness are traits that will take her far in life, no matter what path she chooses.
Isaac – Marcel Blanch- de Wilt
Marcel Blanch- de Wilt is a performer, producer, promoter and director. He enjoys being involved in every element of production, with the majority of his work as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He has produced annual shows for the massive arts festival through his company, Never Ender Productions, since 2008.
While Marcel has spent the majority of his time on the stage as an actor and comedian, he is interested in seeking new challenges in film.
Marcel graduated from Flinders University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama, English and Education. He now pursues casual work as a High School teacher, while performing professionally remains his key passion.
Isaac [Voice] – Richard Magarey
Richard Magarey graduated from the Flinders University of South Australia Drama Centre in 2004 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honors) majoring in Drama and Drama Performance. He went on to perform in Windmill Theatre’s “The Green Sheep” in 2005, before moving to Melbourne to train in Hong Kong style cinematic action and stunts with Paul Andreovski of the Jackie Chan stunt team. In 2006 he moved to Hong Kong, where he worked on the feature films “Irreversi” and “Flashpoint”, before relocating to the Philippines late in 2006 to work on the feature film “Deep Gold”, along with producing behind the scenes segments for the film. In 2007 Richard moved back to Hong Kong, and began dubbing Japanese and Chinese cartoons and films into English with Omni Productions, including “Gundam AGE”, “Gundam Sangokuden”, “Spooky Kiataro”, “My Melody”, “Ultraman MAX”, several series of “Masked Rider” and many others. Richard also proceeded to work in various local TV dramas as both an actor and stunt man, played the lead foreign villain in the 2011 hit Hong Kong comedy feature film “The Fortune Buddies”, and also worked on live performances including China wide nightclub performance tours for J&B Whiskey and Smirnoff Vodka, Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s “The Story of Mozart” in which he played Mozart, and working on various local circus performances. He also performed as a pro-wrestler with Hong Kong Wrestling Federation.
Richard is currently spending time with his family, working on various local productions, and teaching action performance and stage fighting in his home town of Adelaide, South Australia, before moving to Tokyo later in 2013.
Akira – Ryan Cortazzo
Ryan Cortazzo graduated from The University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Media and Bachelor of Social Sciences in 2009. Over the past three years he has worked as an action actor on numerous live shows, charity events, music videos and web series. Ryan’s live show credits include Confucius Institute’s Hanyu Qiao, Chinatown Adelaide’s Lunar New Year Celebrations, Take Heart Queensland’s charity performance and Orphanage First’s đêm gây quỹ charity performance. Ryan’s online and music video credits include Simplex – Be Somebody MV, Network – Stomp the Dog MV, Somewhat Awesome Films’ Assassin’s Creed III Live Action Trailer and Epic Films’ online drama series Wastelander Panda.
Ryan also performed in numerous onscreen supporting roles in the 2012 SBS Television Series DANGER 5. In 2011 he was nominated for best comedy at the South Australian Screen Awards for his directorial short film debut Morning Gory. In the same year Ryan co-founded the Adelaide-based production company Fight Entertainment Action Team (F.E.A.T). As Team manager and action actor for F.E.A.T, Ryan is dedicated to expanding the pursuits and opportunities of his team.
Akira [Voice] – Bob Ramos
Bob Ramos, the runt of a litter of 4 was raised by the wonders of the world through television. Going through life by himself, he made friends by doing impressions of cartoon characters at the ripe old age of 6. By age 13 he had already started doing his own voices and acting in school productions and low budget films where he refused to talk like himself. Now at the age of 29 he has since then been around the world for Wrestling (PWG, ISW, Freakshow Wrestling), Voice Acting (“Bone Town” for PC) and On Screen Acting For music videos (“Against Me”, and “The Angel Sluts”), Movies (Full Moon’s “Ooga Booga”), and now Web Series (Wastelander Panda). Bob has said “Working on this show has been a blast, the crew has been by far the easiest and most professional I have ever come across. I only hope that I get this character across to the audience with the true vision of the creators and be invited back to work with them in the near future.”
ISAAC & ROSE
Sweet Pete – Andreas Sobik
Born in Munich, Germany, Andreas Sobik graduated in Fine Art at the University of Applied Art in Vienna, Austria.
He is an award winning actor (Shorty Andrews/Paul Shannahan in Flann O’Brien’s At Swim Two Birds) and has worked on stage, in film (At Swim Two Birds/ Come Sweet Death) and television (Inspector Rex)
In Europe he is is also well known as a performance artist (The Poulard Brothers) in the TV show Phettberg’s Show With Nice People.
In Australia Andreas’ acting credits include the TV Series McLeod’s Daughters and Oddbodies’ productions of Significant Others and Beautiful Words (dir Sean Riley). His Australian film debut was playing the train driver in the award-winning feature film Look Both Ways (dir Sarah Watt). He also performed in the award-winning short film Man Janson (dir Hugh Sullivan, Red Dog (Kriv Stenders) and in the Horror Thriller Inner Demon (dir Ursula Dabrowsky).
Leopard Jacket – Aaron Schuppan
Aaron shot out of obscurity at the age of six when he was hand selected to play the coveted role of ‘Inanimate Tree’ in a primary school production of Hansel and Gretel. In his teen years he garned critical acclaim for his interpretation of ‘Dead Body’ in The Real Inspector Hound. Wastelander Panda is the first time he has been allowed to say words on screen. He enjoyed it quite a bit.
Aaron is also a director which he’s pretty good at. He went to AFTRS and everything. He is mid-production on Pale Blue Dot starring Mandahla Rose from Wastelander Panda.
Decks – Nathan Cain
Nathan Cain, a co founder of F.E.A.T (Fight Entertainment Action Team) has been a devoted student of martial arts over the past 10 years specialising in the Korean art of Hapkido. Nathan has also completed the M.A.S.K level 1 stunt course and actively trains in several entertainment disciplines.
Over the past three years Nathan has worked as an action actor, action director and fight choreographer on numerous live shows, charity events, music videos and web series. Nathan’s live show credits are as follows: Stunt Workshop with Grant Page and Tony Tilse “Faking it, Fabulous Fights Stunts and Action Workshop,” Confucius Institute’s Hanyu Qiao, Chinatown Adelaide of South Australia’s Lunar New Year, Take Heart Queensland – charity performance and Orphanage First’s đêm gây quỹ charity performance. Nathan’s music video and online credits include Simplex – Be Somebody, Network – Stomp the Dog and Ryan T’s By my side music videos.
Nathan has also worked as an Action Actor, Fight Choreographer and Action Director on several projects including Somewhat Awesome Films’ Assassin’s Creed III Live Action Trailer, Epic Films’ Internet sensation Wastelander Panda and Projector Films upcoming feature film One Eyed Girl and Tropfest entry Suburban Samurai. Nathan also performed in numerous onscreen supporting roles in the SBS Television Series DANGER 5.
As the captain and Action Director of FEAT, Nathan hopes to push himself and his team further into the entertainment industry and continues to strive to set an example and inspire others.”
Slate – Colin Gould
Colin Gould is a martial artist and stunt performer from Adelaide, South Australia.
Having completed gymnastics and tumbling training at the Circus Space in London, and stunt training courses with Stunt Academy on both the Gold Coast and in Thailand, Colin has developed a passion for physical performance particularly in the areas of fight choreography, falls and wire work.
Colin is also a professional software engineer, inventor and Taekwondo instructor. In 2012 he had the privilege of acting the character “Slate” in the Epic Films production of the online seriesWastelander Panda.
Marilon – Tim Lucas
Haysler – Matt Connelly
Matt Connelly has been acting since 2002. Over the past 11 years he has worked on several feature films, short films and television commercials, includingThe Rover, Stargate SG-1, The L Word, Vital Signs, Aftermath:The Protector and The Follower.
Matt has studied at the Australian Academy of Performing Arts under Australian television star Brian Vriends.
In 2013, Matt was named as one of the most fascinating actors by Star Central magazine.
Harlow Jr. – Scott Perry
Scott Perry is a 2012 graduate of the Flinders Drama Centre, with aspirations of a career in film and television.
During his four years at Flinders, he performed in Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, Seven Jewish Children, Wolf Lullaby, Half and Half, Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, The Lower Depths, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dracula, and Attempts on Her Life.
Scott has also acted in several short films for Flinders Screen and Media Studies student directors, and made his feature film debut in David Michod’s The Rover.
Wastelander Panda marks his first performance as a professional actor, and working with the team from Epic Films has been an invaluable learning experience.
ARCAYUS & ROSE
Edgar – Patrick Frost
Patrick began his career in University theatre in the late 1960’s, going on to join the first South Australian Theatre Company ensemble at The Playhouse and touring in 1975 with David Williamson’s “The Department”. Patrick has also performed for the Melbourne and Sydney Theatre Companies. His many State Theatre SA productions include “Away”, “Blithe Spirit”, “Twelfth Night”, “Design for Living”, “Lion Pig Lion” and “Buried Child” in 2011. At Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre he played Jimmy Jack in Flying Penguin’s critically acclaimed “Translations”. Patrick received acclaim as Neil Young’s father, Scott in “A Journey Through the Past” at the Adelaide Fringe in 2012 and again this year.
Patrick’s screen credits include “The Sullivans”, “Glad Rags”, “Chuck Finn”, “Blue Heelers”, “Neighbours”, “McLeod’s Daughters”, “The Marriage of Figaro” and recently “Shut Up Little Man! – an Audio Misadventure”
Patrick has been a proud member of Equity for nearly 40 years. He is currently a State Vice President (Equity) for the MEAA.
Anya – Sharon Malujlo
Sharon Malujlo was born in Auckland and performed in youth and community theatre and attended workshops with the Theatre Corporate & United Theatresports before heading to the UK and participating in a summer school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and then undertaking further studies through the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Film credits include American Kickboxer (US), Crime Lords (US) & Neria (Zimbabwe) – Television series Trucking (South Africa) & Sotto Il Cielo Dell’Africa (Italy) and short films including Love is Blue (SA).
Sharon guest performed with Zimbabwean theatre group ‘Over the Edge’ and performed at Harare’s Theatre in the Park. At the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival she performed in The Cut at the Bakehouse Theatre. Stage credits have included Crimes of the Heart, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Cloud Nine & A View from the Bridge.
Rusty – Michael Gilmour
Michael Gilmour has been involved in the Arts for 5+ years, studying at SA Casting under Ann Peters. Through this, he has participated in intensive workshops with American Actor/Director Chick Vennera, among others.
Over the years, the Scottish actor has worked in theatre, television commercials, short films and feature films including 2011 family hit Red Dog, and 2013’s soon-to-be-released The Babadook.
In 2012 he was cast in the online Drama series Wastelander Panda.
In 2013, Michael was cast as a lead in a physical contemporary theatre show titled Loaded Heart, and performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Fink – Jordan Bird
Jordan Bird is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) at Flinders University and is on track to graduate in 2014.
Jordan became aware of Wastelander Panda during its Pozible funding campaign and was immediately enamoured by it’s quirky take on a post-apocolyptic world. Appealing to his interests both in film and gaming, he became a keen fan of the project.
Jordan, having never previously acted in a professional capacity, auditioned for Fink with little to no expectation of actually obtaining the role. He regards his time working on Wastelander Panda to be ‘an amazingly fun, eye opening experience’, and would not rule out any further acting experiences.
Clease – Sebastien Skubala
Sebastien Skubala, aged 10, has been enjoying performing for four years. Sebastien appeared in the short film Janos and has appeared in TV commercials for FruChocs and Devine Homes. He performed as lead in Sean Riley’s play One by One and as Slightly in Adelaide Youth Theatre’s Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure. Sebastien has had Extra roles in several feature films and is the 2013 Ambassador for children’s film making school Kids Camera Action! Sebastien studies drama with Urban Myth Theatre Company, dance with TIDC Performing Arts Studio and voice with Emma Riggs. He also plays cricket, trains in taekwondo and loves to travel. Sebastien plays the role of Clease in Wastelander Panda.
ARCAYUS & AKIRA
Arcayus [Stunts] – Daniel Becker
Daniel, a co-founder of the Fight Entertainment Action Team (F.E.A.T), an Adelaide based production company , has worked as an action actor on numerous projects since its inception in 2010. Daniel’s credits include Confucius Institute’s Hanyu Qiao, Chinatown Adelaide of South Australia’s Lunar New Year, Take Heart Queensland – charity performance and Orphanage First’s đêm gây quỹ charity performance. Daniel’s music video and online credits include Simplex – Be Somebody MV, Network – Stomp the Dog MV, Projector Films Suburban Samurai, Somewhat Awesome Films’ Assassin’s Creed III Live Action Trailer and Epic Films’ Internet sensation Wastelander Panda. Daniel also has credits in SBS Television Series DANGER 5 and Projector Films upcoming feature film, One Eyed Girl.
Announcer Jones – Les Window
Les Window plays the role of Announcer Jones. With no formal training as an actor, he has played a variety of characters in student and independent productions in Adelaide since 2008. Les makes a brief appearance in the soon to be released independent thriller, ‘Lemon Tree Passage’, directed by David Campbell, with Pippa Black (Neighbours, Outsourced) and Jessica Tovey (Home and Away, Underbelly).
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