ROLE PLAY: Lismore actor Aaron Bertram (left) with Ruben Guthrie writer/director Brendan Cowell and co-star Jack Thompson.
ROLE PLAY: Lismore actor Aaron Bertram (left) with Ruben Guthrie writer/director Brendan Cowell and co-star Jack Thompson. Contributed

Lismore actor in major role in celebrated new Aussie film

WHEN Lismore actor Aaron Bertram was living with Brendan Cowell during their time at Charles Sturt University the men never thought they would be walking the red carpet together at a movie premiere.

But the talented duo has reunited with Mr Bertram starring in the new hit film Ruben Gutherie which was written and directed by Mr Cowell.

Mr Bertram, a former Northern Star journalist, said it was exciting to stride the red carpet alongside stars including Jack Thompson, Patrick Brammall and Alex Dimitriades at the Sydney Film Festival launch of the film on June 3.

Adapted from Mr Cowell's stage play, Ruben Guthrie is the story of one man not only battling the bottle, but the city that won't let him put it down.

"I can remember when Brendan was writing Ruben Guthrie, he sent me the draft about eight years ago," Mr Bertram said.

Mr Bertram said the story is based loosely on his former housemate's own experiences.

"Ruben Guthrie is the name of the main character who is played by Patrick Brammall.He is a very successful advertising creative working at an advertising agency in Sydney who is a bit of a party animal," Mr Bertram said.

"One night after an awards ceremony where he won a couple of awards there was a party back at his house and he jumped off his roof into his pool, but he misses the pool.

"So his Czech model girlfriend leaves him and says if he can do a year off booze she might come back."

Mr Bertram plays the part of Ken, who befriends Ruben at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.

"When I used to live in Sydney I used to do a fair bit of acting and it just happened to be that the casting director Kirsty McGregor had cast me in some things," Mr Bertram said.

"But also Brendan suggested me for a part.

"I did have to audition and the producer was resistant at first to let Brendan's mate audition so I sent in a tape and got the job."

Ruben Guthrie is now screening in cinemas.


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