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Red carpet ride for Tropfest star

GOING TROPPO: Lismore’s Nic Hamilton will appear in a Tropfest film Time, on SBS-TV on Sunday night.
GOING TROPPO: Lismore’s Nic Hamilton will appear in a Tropfest film Time, on SBS-TV on Sunday night.

A COUPLE of years ago Nic Hamilton was asked to put on some blue suede shoes, a wig and a swagger to impersonate Elvis for a school play.

That experience on stage gave him the taste for acting and since signing up with Gilchrist Casting in Lismore, Nic's star has been on the rise.

He is the lead character in Time, one of 16 films selected for this year's Tropfest final. Nic plays a schoolboy obsessed with time travel, but his friend's don't believe...

Nic is going down to The Domain in Sydney where he will get the full red carpet-VIP treatment. (The rest of us can watch it on SBS-TV from 8.30pm.)

He also starred in an episode of a new Australian drama called Mako - Island of Secrets, which is a spin-off from the popular teen drama H2O: Just Add Water. It is due to be screened on Channel 10 later in the year.

And he recently auditioned for an American TV series.

His mum, Vicki Dobrunz, said they are taking it "one day at a time", but are prepared to uproot the whole family and move to America if that's where Nic's acting takes them.

"The feedback we get from producers and directors is that he has a natural talent, which surprised us, because it doesn't run in the family," she said.

"When I see him on the set, he is so happy and in his element. As a parent, you can't ask for more than that."

Twelve-year-old Nic has just started at Trinity Catholic College and is looking forward to getting involved in drama there.

His said his favourite actors are Hugh Jackman and Johnny Depp and since being involved in film and TV, he watches things in a very different way.

"Yeah, I kind of watch one person and really watch their performance," he said.

In a few years, Nic could be the one to watch.


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