Club makes The Cut
FILMING for a new sixpart ABC drama series began this week at Dee Why RSL club.
With the club transformed into a fictious base for the Falcons, locals could have forgiven for thinking some mysterious rival sporting outfit had staged a coup on the northern beaches. Producer Tom Blacket said the RSL club had the right feel and size for the new program.
"The club suits us because of its size and because it looks good," Mr Blacket said.
"It's not just the local bowling clob. There are plenty of nooks and crannies - carparks and bars - whixh are great for us.
"If you're going to put a (TV) audience into this world it has to be real."
Called The Cut
, the new series explores the often murky world of sports management and is scheduled to screen in 2009.
The Cut - takes a shot at sports management
July 25th, 2008, www.abc.net.au
The Cut, a new six-part ABC TV drama exploring the sometimes murky world of sports management commenced filming today with Gold Logie award-winning actor John Wood starring as rogue sports agent, Bill Telford.
While managing a stable of sporting superstars some of Bill Telford’s dodgy deals begin to unravel when he is injured in a terrorism attack overseas.
Written by one of Australia’s most highly regarded writers, John Misto, (Heroes Mountain, Day of the Roses, The Damnation of Harvey McHugh), The Cut takes a mordant look at professional sports management - the players, their agents, the middlemen and the media hype and reality.
The 6x55 minute series is produced by Tom Blacket and directed by Mandy Smith and Karl Zwicky, The Cut is a Blacket Television production for ABC Television, with financial support from the Film Finance Corporation Australia and the New South Wales Film and Television Office. The Cut is being distributed internationally by Target Entertainment.
Executive Producer for ABC TV Amanda Higgs said: “John Misto has written some terrifically funny and cheeky roles for this very fine cast, headed by the incomparable John Wood. The Cut is certainly tapping into the zeitgeist of the current sporting climate.”
Producer Tom Blacket said The Cut is a great script from one of Australia’s leading writers. “The Cut takes a wry look at the world of professional sport, with stories told with a lot of humour.”
The Cut stars:
John Wood (Blue Heelers, Flying Doctors, Rafferty’s Rules) as Bill; Matt Passmore (McLeod’s Daughters, The Alice, Last Man Standing, Blue Heelers) as Bill’s hapless son, Andrew; Julieanne Newbould (White Collar Blue, Home and Away, All Saints) as Bill’s wife, Roz Telford; Ben Oxenbould (The Surgeon, Hey Dad!, GP) as Danny
The Cut will be filmed predominantly on location at sportsgrounds and watering holes around Sydney.
July 2008, TV Week
Marcus is in for a shock when he finds out why Ingrid's turned cold on him
Marcus certainly thought Ingrid had made her feelings clear whe she planted a passionate kiss on him after he was rescued from the mine shaft. So, when she later gives him the brush-off, telling him their kiss didn't mean anything, you can't blame him for feeling hurt and bewildered.
But Marcus (Matt Passmore) is in for a much bigger surprise. After a heated confrontation between the pair, Ingrid (Rachael Coopes) reveals her secret - she's married and on the run from her violent husband, a police officer, which is why they must keep their relationship strictly professional.
What the beautiful vet doesn't know is just how hard Marcus has fallen for her. Will he be able to convince her to take a chance on love? And does this mean that Grace (Abi Tucker) has missed her chance with Marcus?
"When Marcus was pulled out of the mine shaft, the first thing Ingrid did was rush into his arms," Matt says. "I think it surprised them both because it really came out of the blue. Now, he's looking at Ingrid in a very different way."
After asking Ingrid out to dinner, Marcus is confused when she turns him down with a weak excuse. And he's even more puzzled when ingrid later makes a point of explaining away their passionate embrace. "Marcus, about that kiss in the mine shaft," she says. "I got wrapped up in the moment."
As far as Ingrid's concerned, the one thing she's not seeking right now is love.
"She's looking for a new life and sheÄs looking to find herself again," Rachael says, "but she definitely doesn't want any kind of romance. From Ingrid's perspective, there appears to be a misunderstanding between her and Marcus. At this point in time, Ingrid's priority is to look after herself and to establish her career."
Later, Grace - who knows Ingrid is married - urges her to come clean with Marcus, saying: "If you like him, you should tell him."
"Ingrid isn't particularly happy with anyone telling her how to behave, as you can imagine," Rachael smiles. "She thinks that Grace doesn't understand what she's been through and that it's not Grace's place to give her advice."
In her own time, Ingrid does reveal all - and Marcus is far from put off.
As amtt explains, "It's a shock but, in a way, there's the whole male pride thing. He thinks, 'OK, well, it's not because I've got a face like a smashed crab! There's something else going on here.
"What that actually does is attract him more. Not only is he starting to feel for this girl, but he also wants to protect her."
What would Matt tell his character if he had the chance?
"I'd say, 'Watch your step, dude! Focus on the farm - end it with the ladies!'" he replies with a laugh. It's unlikely Marcus will take his alter ego's advice, though, and Matt says theres's still a chance that Grace could come back into the picture.
"Marcus thinks he's put his feelings for Grace to rest, but he continues to bungle his way through things," Matt says. "It's always there because you can't just turn that switch off. But despite this, Ingrid really moves into the fore from this point on."
Will ingrid have a change of heart?
found that one just a couple of weeks ago, but it must have been in the TV Guide in 2004...
I'm no love rat
TV Guide looks at a new TV2 drama that chronicles the lives and loves of three single Aussie blokes. THe show has been likened to a guys version of Sex and the City.
Playing a love-rat on TV2's new light-hearted drama Last Man Standing
has been challenging for Matt Passmore who has been happily married for seven years.
"I do have some trepidation playin a guy who wouldn't be in a relationship for more than seven minutes, but I'm friends with a lot of women - in a good way," laughs Matt.
In the role of Cameron Kennedy, Matt is cast as one of three Melbourne mates wading through modern life, clashing with the unexpected and having to understand what it's all about.
Throw in a Kiwi ex-wife, played by Mercy Peak's Miriama Smith, and let the games begin.
Playing the character of Cameron has been great fun for Matt and a change from his former roles which include theatre and guest performances in TV dramas such as Blue Heelers
"Cameron's on a journey down the big slippery slide of growing up and he's being dragged kicking and screaming," says Matt.
"He doesn't want to hurt anyone and part of the show is about the boys moving from their 20s to their 30s and wondering what it's all about.
"How much of the man do I become and how much of the boy do I keep?
"He has the ideal of one woman and a white picket fence, but just keeps putting it off."
Matt likens the show to an Aussie-guys Sex And The City
, with the group having a yarn about relationship issues over a few beers at the local footy club.
A unique approach to the series comes in the form of Marieke Hardy, the show's female producer and scriptwriter whom Matt says has targeted the male psyche well.
"Sometimes she's a little toned-back and we have to say 'hang-on', but it's been really interesting to find a female writer not judging men," he says.
The 22-episode series is still shooting and some fotage is to be filmed in Auckland next month.
"The two countries are on each other's doorsteps. I can't believe that our industries haven't been more interactive," he says, having observed both countries' film markets during his 14 years in the business.
Matt's acting path started with a revelation during a school trip to a Shakespeare production.
"Immediately, it blew me away. It was magic," he says, but adds his true calling had to be concealed from his mates who bagged the production on the bus ride home.
So he joined the army as a combat engineer for a short spell of 'life experience' before sorting himself out and getting into amateur theatre.
After training at Sydney's acclaimed National Institute of Dramatic Art it was all go for Matt.
"Every role seems to have a particular aspect depending on the show you do," he says. "You always find a part of yourself to source from."
by Michael Docherty
Stars In The Night
REMINISCENT of McLeod's Daughters theme song, 'I'll be there', so too were more than 2000 people, equipped with cameras, who converged to Gawler's Princess Park on Friday to witness the final curtain fall on the popular television drama series.
The attraction for McLeod's supporters included gaining a photo or signature of a cast member, even if it meant waiting in a 300-metre line and withstanding warm weather conditions.
But it was the main cast who brought the crowd to a stand as each actor was announced onto the main stage and thanked by regional dignitaries for their contribution to the region.
The cast line-up also led to chants from adoring female fans fpr male actors to get their shirts off, which saw Luke Jacobz (Patrick), Matthew Passmore (Marcus) and Aaron Jeffery (Alex) honouring the request.
As part of the event, a puppy produced by a working dog, which appeared in the show, was auctioned off for $750, with one happy lady owner thrilled to be scrutinised as a rightful owner by Simmone Jade MacKinnon (Stevie), who supports the RSPCA.
In addition to the stars, people lined up to take photos of original show costumes and the Gungellan CFS truck which finished mopping up the fire at Warrem Reservoir at 1 pm.
The crowds were further treated by organiser Gawler Heath Foundation to a carnival atmosphere with amusements, rides and traditional show-style foods.
Reality Rocks Drovers
June 2007, TV-Week
The girls are forced to confront some harsh truths as the seventh season of the rural drama wraps up
It's Christmas and the season finale of McLeod's Daughters
sees love lost and won as Marcus forces Grace to see the trith about Heath, while Stevie celebrates Alex's return.
With the spirit of Christmas cheer descending on Drover's Run, the girls are in for a few unexpected surprises. When Grace (Abi Tucker) discovers Heath (Sandy Winton) has bought a beautiful pair of earrings, she thinks are for her, not realising her lover has been cheating on her with Karen.
Marcus (Matt Passmore) issues Heath with an ultimatum: tell Grace about his sleazy affair, or Marcus will. When she just misses springing her faithless lover with Karen, Marcus fronts Grace and tells her the truth.
At first, she doesn't want to believe it, but seeing Karen later, wearing the earrings, she's forced to accept it. Heartbroken, Grace dumps Heath and makes her peace with Marcus.
While one romance bites the dust, an old one is rekindled, but the joy is bittersweet. On Christmas Eve, pregnant Stevie (Simmone Machinnon) fears Alex (Aaron Jeffery) won't make it hom in time, but at the last minute the dad-to-be shows up, bearing a bounty of baby gifts.
Their romantic reunion is interrupted by a man and his heavily pregnant wife, who claim to need a bed for the night.
In echoes of the Christmas parable, the charitable couple offer the strangers the shef for the night and the woman gives birth to a baby boy. In the morning, hofever, Stevie and Alex discover the scheming parents have done a bunk with all Stevie's new baby things. Marry Chrstimas indeed!
A new hook-up
June 2007, TV-Week
Stevie isn't the only one whose love-life is looking up - it seems romance is blossoming everywhere at Drovers Run!
It's clear that Kate (Michala Banas) and Riley (Dustin Clare), who have become friends in recent months, are drawing closer to each other. And this week the pair find themselves under some mistletoe - and sharing a kiss.
What's more, the couple's romantic moment takes place under the dining-room tale, while they're chasing a runaway turkey!
"Kate and Riley know each other so well and there's an indication that there could be more there," MIchala says. "They obviously really care about each other. Now, when they're both under the mistletoe and kiss, it's a nice moment for the two of them. They think, 'Well, that wasn't so bad!'"
There's also a growing attraction between Marcus (Matt Passmore) and INgrid (Rachael Coopes), who attend Drover's Christmas celebration togehter.
As for Patrick (Luke Jacobz) and Tayler (Gillian Alexy), will they finally be honest with each other about their feelings?
"We'll have to wait to find out whether they go that next step or not," Luke says.
Back to the bush
17th Oct 2007, couriermail.com.au
MATT Passmore's memories of growing up in Queensland are full of sun, beaches, rugby league and weekends at the Gold Coast.
The McLeod's Daughters star, who plays Marcus Taylor [it's TURNER, actually] in the Channel 9 drama, was "born and bred in Wynnum-Manly" and remembers the adventures he had just over the back fence of the family home.
"We lived in Manly West so we had bush. I have been back there and there's nothing but houses, which is amazing because it's only been 10 years, but back then it was all bush," Passmore says.
"It was an awesome place to grow up, especially having a bit of bush there because we could make BMX tracks.
"I was also near the Wynnum waterfront so my mates and I would skip out of home at night, and think we were really cool because everyone would be asleep, and we would go out and have our first durries watching the sailboats coming in late at night.
"I grew up a suburb from Wally Lewis and played non-stop rugby league and have bled maroon my whole life. Dad would take me to State of Origin matches at Lang Park and there's nothing like an Origin match in Queensland.
"There's no greater energy, it absolutely rocks."
Passmore says he grew up wanting to be an actor but did everything he could to resist the call because he thought "it was the most insecure lifestyle".
"I thought the whole acting thing was something you couldn't make a living from so I went to the army, I worked in factories, I have done everything possible not to be an actor. But if you have the bug you can't escape it," he says.
"I went to the army straight from school and was a field combat engineer and the most dangerous place we went was Sydney, but that was back in 1992 before Timor.
"I fell into acting, I did lots of amateur theatre and went from show to show for a couple of years but I really wanted to do it so I started working professionally in Brisbane, and then I thought I had better study so I went to NIDA."
Passmore made a name for himself playing Cameron Kennedy in Last Man Standing but appeared in episodes of Blue Heelers, The Cooks and Always Greener before finding his way to Killarney.
While he calls himself a "city boy", the 33-year-old actor says it hasn't been hard adapting to a show that's shot almost entirely on location in the Adelaide Hills, 90 minutes outside the South Australian capital.
"The whole Scottish side of the family are cotton farmers, so my family has always been the city slickers in this Scottish clan," he says.
"We have always gone out on the farms, I grew up around farms but not on them, and I already knew how to ride motorbikes very well but had to learn how to ride a horse."
Passmore says the current season of McLeod's, which will finish with tonight's episode, has been one of change for the show's cast and crew.
"This year has been about the changing of the cast. There have been some good stories there, but we've had to deal with the changes," he says.
"But that's the way it is. Anyone who looks at their job will see people coming and going all the time, and there's no point for an actor to stay in a job when they feel they can't give anything more.
"Part of the enduring quality of the show is it's always been an amazing family out there. I have only been on for one season but you are embraced by it.
"The cast and crew, we are all down there for one reason, away from family and friends. The cast especially has gone down there knowing no one and all we have is each other. But I think that comes out on screen, it's why McLeod's has that ensemble feel to it."
by Sarah Nicholson
Boys will be boys
presumably 2006, TV Guide
Actor Matthew Passmore is rewing things up on the Australian rural drama McLeod's Daughters
McLeod's Daughters newcomer Matthew Passmore is riding high. Even South Australia's temperature extremes have done nothing to cool his enthusiasm for his role as Marcus Turner, Alex Ryan's (Kiwi Aaron Jeffery) city-slicker half-brother.Matt and Aaron quickly became mates, but there's little brotherly love lost between their characters - at least to start with.
"They're two pit bulls bouncing off each other to begin with," laughs Matt, last seen here in Last Man Standing. "They do find themselves being quite petulant and stupid in the ways boys do. They get this grudging respect that actually moves into a nice friendship as time goes on."
Reaching that stage however, saw the soldier-turned-actor embroiled in an onscreen battle with his co-star.
"Yeah, it's all grunt, grunt... beating wach other round the ears and saying anything you can do I can do better," he says. "Those episodes were very physical. We were out on the bikes every day, there were all sorts of push-ups, playing pool and that sort of thin. I mean, we were more or less paid to be boys. Let's just say I've done worse jobs."
However, there were also some misadventures.
"There's been some embarrassing moments for the boys when they're just being plain stupid," Matt says. Like Marcus, Matt is building a new career for himself. However, while Marcus wasted his early years, sabotaging his dreams of becoming a professional footballer by drinking, fighting and womanising, Matt took a different path. He joined the Australian Army straight from school.
"I wanted life experience and my granddad was in the army and had served in Papua New Guinea so I'd always had that Anzac pride in me," Matt explains, adding he's never missed an Anzac Day dawn service.
"Then after three years the government changed and they invited anyone who wanted to get out to get out and I put up my hand."
He travelled, worked in factories and even spent a couple of months working on a farm where, like Marcus, he was very much "the city slicker" who had to prove himself among the farm boys.
After a foray into amateur theatre, he decided acting was what he wanted to do and from 1999-2001, Matt attended Australia's perstigious acting school, Nida.
It is something he has in common with Aaron who, while still on screen in the drama, has spent this year in Auckland after being cast as mystery man Gary Savage in Outrageous Fortune.
"I'm missing him because he brings such a beautiful energy to the set," says Matt, who adds while the Kiwi is missed by the closeknit cast, the show will go on. "The actual premise of McLeod's is so much more than the characters within it," he says. "It's such a romantic and beautiful celebration of the rural life."
Matt believes McLeod's Daughters attraction is the way its strong women battle - and beat - the elements while coping in what is normally a male-dominated environment.
"I think that translates no matter where you're watching," he says. "I've heard different people say a relative goes over to, say, Syria and Io and behold what comes on TV but McLeod's. It's interesting coming into a show that's such an international success ... a success I've had absolutely nothing to do with. It's very much a family atmosphere and the crew's like a well oiled machine. It's fantastic to be a part of that."
Matt gets in touch with his felines
2004, Woolworth Fresh
The handsome on-screen womaniser confesses he's now living with a cuddly female who isn't his wife
Whie there is no shortage of women in the on-screen life of Last Man Standing's serial flirt Cameron Kennedy, his real-life alter ego Matt Passmore insists he's strictly a one woman guy.
Yet, while it's clear, Matt, 30, only has eyes for his gorgeous PR wife Jacquie, he reluctantly confesses it's his secret two-year affair with a mysterious sultry female that helped prepare him for his role as the Lothario in the Seven Network's new drama series.
"Okay, I admit it. Everything I know about women I've learned from our cat!" jokes the blond-haired actor. The "other woman" in his life is a bossy, tiger-striped moggie called Satine, who first caught Matt's eye from the window of a Sydney pet shop.
From the moment the kitten arrived in the couple's home, Matt noticed an instant change in dynamics. The two girls in his life bonded instantly - and then ganged up on him as only girls can.
But when auditioning for his new role in the new Seven show, Matt soon recognised that he had the best training material for his part right on his doorstep.
"Satine has given me the best insight into the antics of women," laughs Matt, who formerly appeared in the Seven Network's Always Greener and Blue Heelers, and has also featured on Network Ten's The Cooks.
"I know Cameron hasn't got his head around women yet - though he clearly adores them," says Matt. "But I've learnt that many respond to flattery loads of attention and being spoiled rotten. They enjoy being in control, though they'll lead you to believe you have the power, and they like to be treated like princesses, at least that's definitely the case with Satine."
And although his on-screen persona is learned the hard way, Matt is trying hard to avoid the same mistakes his TV character makes with women.
"You must be psychic in a relationship and just know instinctively what women want. And you should understand that you can never, ever be right," says the hunk. "Even when you're right you're still wrong and mus apologise immediately or pay the consequences."
The consequences usually involve punishing silences - or better still, sulking. "Satine can win a staring match hands down and likes her own way," he says. "And like many women, she likes to sprawl on the bed and hog all the covers. On the positive side, she's clean and always tidies up after herself."
Since relocating to Melbourne for filming, Matt's been busily settling into the Victorian way of life and exploring the city's café culture.
He's also been getting to know his new co-stars - Rodger Corser, who plays Adam, Travis McMahon, who plays their desperate bachelor buddy Bruno and Kiwi actress Miriama Smith who stars as Matt's on-screen ex, Zoe Hesketh.
"They're a great crowd and we're having a ball," says Matt, who loves being part of the trio of unlikely single lads now attracting a cult following. "But while I've been carefully learning from my cat, Cam hasn't been so smart. Then again, he owns a dog."
August 15, 2007, TV Week
If Heath thought a late-night stake-out would provide the perfect opportunity to get up-close and personal with Grace, he was mistaken!
Marcus (Matt Passmore) decides to join Heath (Sandy Winton) and Grace (Abi Tucker) while they wait to catch the wild animals mauling the Drovers stock. And in no time at all, the two men are going head-to-head in a battle for Grace's attention.
"All of a sudden," Matt explains, "Marcus finds himself in a love triangle. As much as he's not ready to just sweep Grace off her feet, he certainly doesn't think Heath's right for her."
Abi adds: "The banter betwween the boys get Grace's back up. It becomes quite petty and she can see the situation brewing. She cares about both of them and doesn't want to see them hurt. But there are some hilarious moments and it was really funny to do. We had a great time out there filming the overnight scenes," she laughs.
Meanwhile, as the boys are fighting for Grace's attention, Patrick (Luke Jakobz) and Tayler (Gillian Alexy) make a discovery that could change everything for Drovers Run. What could it be?
Stevie quits Drovers
August 09, 2007, TV Week
A fight with Grace prompts Stevie to pack up and take refuge at Killarney.Can they patch things up?
We've already farewelled Jodi and Regan this year, and Alex is yet to make his return. Now long-time McLeod's Daughters favourite Stevie decides to leave Drovers Run! Stevie was always planning to divide her time between Drovers and Killarney after her wedding to Alex (Aaron Jeffery) - but this week, she makes a decision that could change everything.
Following a clash with feisty newcomer Grace, Stevie packs her bags and moves into Killarney, despite the fact that Alex is still in Argentina. Is she planning to cut all ties with the girls at Drovers?
In this week's compelling episode, relations between Stevie (Simmone Jade Mackinnon) and Grace (Abi Tucker) turn frosty over Grace's wetland project.
"There's all this tension with Grace that begins to make things very difficult for Stevie at Drover's," Simmone reveals. Earlier we see that, while Grace is deeply committed to the project and certain it will ultimately save Drover's from devastating effects of the drought, the locals are far less convinced about its merits.
And when Grace's efforts begin to have a negative impact on neighbouring Killarney, a fed-up Marcus (Matt Passmore) decides it's time to call in a favour. Realising he can't get through to a stubborn Grace, Marcus asks Stevie to talk to her on his behalf. After all he points out, now that Stevie's married to Alex, she has ties to Killarney, too.
"Marcus is on Stevie's case now," Simmone explains. "He's the one who really puts it to her. He says to Stevie, 'You have a part in both of these places now. You can't favour one property over the other.' He lets her know that she needs to work on Grace and try to figure this out. He says Grace is causing trouble left, right and centre."
But soon Stevie will become even more aware of the fact that her loyalties are torn. Trying to no avail to convince Grace to compromise, Stevie finds herself having a heated argument with her one-time close friend.
"Stevie's so upset that she and Grace are fighting," Simmone says. "But Stevie's certainly not a Killarney kind of girl. She would feel like a fish out of water over there. It's very uncomfortable for her, and Stevie feels very lonely."
Abi Tucker reveals that her alter ego, Grace, truly values the bond she's long shared with Stevie. "Stevie and Grace's friendship has always been really strong," Abi says. "I think Stevie's a big part of the reason why Grace is at Drovers. She loves her to bits."
So what goes so wrong between the feuding women? "Stevie has such a charming heart and Grace does, too, but neiter of them wants to back down," Abi explains. "They're both strong women. They're very different, but in very positive ways. And as much as Stevie and Grace laugh together they can also argue."
Soon after, an upset Stevie decides she can't live at Drovers a moment longer. "Stevie may be willing to forfeit her stake in Drover's," Simmone hints.
August 06, 2007, TV Week
Talk about an unexpected find! Tayler discovers that a teddy bear she bought for Rose at a local swap meet contains a pouch stuffed with stolen jewellery!
Patrick (Luke Jacobz) is adamant that Tayler (Gillian Alexy) should han din the jewels to the police, but it seems Tayler has other ideas.
"Tayler has the opinion that it's 'finders keepers'," Luke says. "Patrick's a little more sensible about it - which is really bizarre because Patrick would normally be the first person to do otherwise. But I think he's a bit scared for Tayler. He doesn't want her to get in trouble. She's a good mate."
Things take a harrowing turn when wheelchair-bound Rose (Basia A'Hern) is trapped in the house by the real thieves!
Meanwhile, Marcus (Matt Passmore) is far from pleased when Heath (Sandy Winton) gives Grace (Abit Tucker) a gift of weeds for her wetland project.
"Marcus really is starting to fall for Grace," Matt reveals.
However, when Marcus lets Grace know that he believes Heath is using her for one thing only, he ends up pushing Grace and Heath even closer together!
"At this point, Heath is the one who's very much on the scene as far as Grace is concerned," Abi says. "She just loves Marcus for his support - as a friend."
Grace's two men
July 02, 2007, TV Week
No one could accuse Grace of being the shy, retiring type. After feuding constantly with the new owner of Kinsellas, Heath, the feisty farmer stuns him this week by planting a passionate kiss on his lips!
"There's certainly chemistry there," laughs Abi Tucker, who plays Grace. But it seems Heath (Sandy Winton) may have some serious competition on his hands, in the form of his neighbour Marcus (Matt Passmore).
This week, Marcus provides a shoulder for Grace to cry on when her beloved horse Baggins is diagnosed with a brain tumour. It's clear their friendship is intensifying.
So is a love triangle on the cards in McLeod's Daughters? You bet it is!
"There's definitely one building," confirms Matt, adding, "but it's a love triangle that comes as a bit of a surprise to Marcus. There's nothing obvious about the attraction between Marcus and Grace. They've become such great mates that they don't even know there's the slightest bit of an attraction there."
Not that a potential spark between Marcus and Grace is completely out of the blue - after all, Marcus was quick to notice Grace when she first arrived town.
"Marcus absolutely liked the look of Grace," smiles Matt. "But he's stuffed up so many times in his past. He also really wants his farm to go ahead and so the last thing he's been thinking about is any sort of romance. IT's just been creeping up on him in the background. Of course, the audience and I can see it from a mile away!"
Meanwhile, Abi believes Grace was immediately drawn to Heath when they met at the sale yards a couple of weeks back - before they began bickering about anything and everything.
"Heath has just got a really interesting take on life," Abi says. "When they met, they had an instant sparring relationship. There's this attraction and they've got similar ideas about life. They become embroiled in that respect. I think they have like minds, but they wouldn't want to admit that."
After surprising Heath with her spontaneous kiss in the middle of a paddock, Grace turns away and walks off, smiling. But her thoughts are sonn on her seriously ill horse - and it's Marcus who's there for Grace during this difficult time.
"That really comes out of the mateship they have," Matt explains. "More than anyone else, he knows just how much the horse means to Grace."
As for what's next, Matt reveals that Marcus will find himself becoming increasingly jealous of the role Heath plays in Grace's life.
"For a while, Marcus doesn't know that there's anything remotely romantic going on between Grace and Heath," Matt says, "but as soon as he gets an inkling of that, he starts to change his mind about Heath. It's like when you meet soneone who you get along with so well. So when another guy comes along, marcus starts to feel a bit replaced. The thought of anyone else being that close to Grace is a bit threatening to him."
Star turn a tough gig
February 23, 2007 , source: The Advertiser
YOU know you've hit the big time when you phone a message in to a function you can't attend.
McLeod's Daughters hunk Matt Passmore is quickly discovering just how much of a star he has become since joining Drover's Run.
Matt was scheduled to start one of SA's premier yacht races, the Lexus Blue Water Classic, from Adelaide to Port Lincoln today, but was called in to work at the last minute. He was still keen to be involved with the event though, so he offered to phone through a countdown. How sweet.
"Of course it all depends on my phone reception at the time," he says.
"There's one paddock on set where we get reception in the top corner . . . you'll often find a group of actors standing there talking on the mobile during breaks," he laughs. Working in the country can be a tough gig.
Matt jumped aboard the race favourite yesterday - The Skandia Wild Thing yacht - to check out what all the fuss is about, and he wasn't disappointed by the boat or the female crew (above, with Genevieve White and Caroline Cowen).
"Standing on a beautiful boat surrounded by beautiful women, life could be worse," he says.
Relaxing at the Port was a nice change for Matt, who's been suffering through SA's long hot summer: "There's so many flies on set . . . I think they're trained to latch on to your eyes and suck out the moisture."
source: the herald sun, feb, 21, 2007
AS CAMERON, the single jock in Last Man Standing, Matt Passmore was renowned for his inability to understand the complexities of the opposite sex.
Passmore, who has built a loyal female following since appearing in a commercial that shows his pants disappearing down an aeroplane toilet, is happy to report he'll be causing more grief for the ladies as metrosexual Marcus Turner in McLeod's Daughters.
Turner has found an instant rival in the form of Alex (Aaron Jeffery).
"My character tries to get a leg up on anything that moves," Passmore says, with a laugh. "Marcus and Alex are two alpha males going up against each other. Marcus fights so hard to be his own man."
Turner is a talented athlete and businessman whose life hits the skids when his drinking, fighting and womanising ruins his sporting career.
"He's a city boy who's had a little bit of country experience, but the stakes for him are incredibly high - he has to prove himself," Passmore says.
Off screen, Passmore is a Brisbane-raised city boy with little experience of life on the land. As a result, he's had several embarrassing moments on the McLeod's set.
"One of the first times on set we had to gun a car down the hill, and I had to gun it out of shot," he laughs.
"I was on the hill and because there was sleet, I went into a downhill slide and turned sideways.
"I was looking back saying to Aaron, 'I'm cool, I'm cool'. Then I hit a rock and bang! In front of the whole new crew and cast, over I went."
Away from the set, Passmore has settled into life in Adelaide and dates Rachael Carpani, who plays Jodi.
source: the herald sun, feb, 21, 2007
New man arrives on McLeod's Daughters
10th February 2007
The real-life farm set of McLeod's Daughters makes acting easy for the show's classically-trained new star, Matt Passmore.
"It's miraculous," he says after six months of shooting and on the eve of his character Marcus Turner's first appearance on TV screens.
"It comes with all the other things - flies, cold, hot, that sort of thing - but when the director says: `Look in awe out into the sunset', you're not looking into a blue screen or at a wall, you're looking at an amazing sunset. It does the work for you."
The South Australian outback is a long way from his experience shooting on another of the Nine Network's remote area dramas, The Alice.
"That was mostly shot on a toxic wasteland in Sydney," he says.
"We'd stand on this hill, supposed to imagine it was The Alice ... we'd be looking straight onto a massive construction yard," he says.
"On McLeod's it could be beautiful and green, then you come back two weeks later and the hills are all brown.
"It's just the most majestic countryside. It's the star of McLeod's.
"That's the romance of it, the glorification of the Aussie rural life."
Brisbane-bred Passmore moved to Adelaide in August last year to join the key cast of the outback Aussie drama.
Already an unwitting journeyman of Australian drama, having appeared on the now cancelled series The Cooks, Blue Heelers and Always Greener, Adelaide is the fourth Australian city in which Passmore has lived.
He left Brisbane, where he was based as a combat field engineer in the Australian Army for three years, for Sydney to study at National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). He graduated in 2001.
He then moved to Melbourne to star in the short-lived Seven drama Last Man Standing.
Now halfway through shooting series six of McLeod's, Passmore says to have appeared on so many shows is a blessing in disguise.
But he admits he is grateful to have work as he shares a historical perspective on the tough existence of an Australian actor.
"The artist always has to be funded," he says.
"Even in the 1700s and 1800s, every painter has a sponsor or someone paying the bills. There's always someone who's going to make money off art."
He laments the number of Australians who are forced overseas to find work.
A case in point being his girlfriend Rachel Carpani, who left McLeod's in 2006 after five years and landed a role in the US drama Law Dogs with Janeane Garofalo.
While Passmore and Carpani's shooting schedule overlapped, they never appeared together in a scene.
"The relationship formed completely separate from the show, which is one of the reason's I trust it," he says.
Passmore says most actors he talks to want to stay in Australia.
"We all want to tell Aussie stories," he says.
"But if you're a plumber and there's no plumbing work in this town, you've got go to the next town.
"There are these extraordinary actors who are unemployed and you go: `Holy crap, what's wrong with the system?'"
For now, he is happy to be telling a quintessential Australian story in a role he says often gives him a "licence to act like a boy".
"I'm working with animals, hooning around on dirt bikes, jumping on horses, pulling out a chainsaw, it's a far cry from meeting someone at a cafe," he says.
While comfortable getting his hands dirty on the fictional farm Drover's Run, he reckons a group of Central Queensland cotton farmers will soon snigger into their beers when Passmore's character joins McLeod's in the second episode of this season.
"[Marcus] is a bit of a city boy who's come to the country," he says.
"I have a whole range of cousins on my father's side with cotton farms, so I've done many trips out there but to them I've always been the city slicker boy.
"So they're going to sit back and have a bit of a chuckle to themselves, I think."
It's the city boy vs the country lad in a fierce battle for Stevie's affection
Hunky newcomer Marcus Turner arrives at Drover'S Run this week, looking for neighbouring property Killarney. But he wastes no time in setting his sights on one of the Drover's girls.
In fact, Marcus, played by new McLeod's Daughters regular Matt Passmore, is instantly smitten with the gorgeous Stevie (Simmone Jade Mackinnon)!
"Marcus is quite amusing to Stevie," Simmone says. "He's such a city boy and Stevie's so not like that."
Meanwhile we learn that Marcus has been sent to Killarney by Alex' biological father Bryce (John Stanton), to look into the state of the farm's financial affairs.
"Marcus comes to town with a big agend," Matt explains. "He's been sent by Bryce to do an audit of the farm. But Alex had no idea this was going to happen."
Needless to say, Alex (Aaron Jeffery) - who signed over part of his property to Bryce at the end of last year - is far from impressed when he learns that his father's checking up on him. To make matters worse, Alex takes an instant dislike to Marcus.
"There's contention straightaway between Marcus and Alex," Matt reveals. "There's a certain edge there. Alex thought his partnership with his father was going to be a very silent one."
And when Marcus makes it clear that he likes what he sees in Stevie - well, prepare fireworks!
A pool game between Marcus and Alex looks set to become very interesting indeed. And Stevie isn't obvious to the fact that Alex is determined to prove himself against Marcus for her benefit.
"I think maybe this leaves Stevie with a little bit of hope, because Alex is reacting the way he is... as childish and boyish as it seems at the time," Simmone smiles.
"A horse tried to make me look stupid."
Matt Passmore is about to be seen on McLeod's as city boy Marcus, but his most memorable moment involving an animal was when he had a guest role last year, playing possible love interest for Tess (Bridie Carter).
"The horse I had during that episode was called Barry," Matt remembers. "I'd have to do a scene, and he'd be behind me, but he'd get under my armpit and throw my arm up. So in the middle of this scene where I'm supposed to be charming Cridie, my arm would just flick up and smack me in the head or seomthing.
"I think he just thought, 'Oh, here we go, new boy on the show. Make him look like a tool.'"
Love on the Run
McLeod's Daughers has been the home of romance over the years, seeing many couples on and off screen enjoy love and suffer heartache.
Now "it" couple Matt Passmore and Rachael Carpani are enjoying a new relationship - but surely the distance is less than thrilling.
After wrapping up on Drover's Run last month, Rachael moved back to Sydney to pursue new acting opportunities. Not only did she leave behind happy memories, but new flame Matt who had just joined the show and moved to Adelaide.
Rachael was back in town last night, making a guest appearance with Matt, at the Jan Logan jewellery exhibition at the Hilton Adelaide.
While Matt was happy to show off ther new love for the (Confidential) camera, she needed a little convincing.
It was the first real public appearance for the pair, who've kept their relationship reasonahly low profile.
It's not brotherly love, but Marcus and Alex are making progress
Furious that Marcus lied to him for so long, Alex continues to clash with the man he now knows is his brother.
Despite Stevie (Simmone Jade Mackinnon) making it clear to Marcus (Matt Passmore) that she refuses to be drawn into their arguments, this week she finds herself playing peacemaker between him and Alex (Aaron Jeffery).
"It's just one of those Stevie things. She's just always in the midst of it, poor darling," Simmone smiles. "But it comes out a bit better in the end. She does acutally help to bring the brothers together a little more."
Adds Aaron: "I think once Alex gets a bit more background on Marcus, he realises that they've had a very similar upbringing as far as guidance from fathers goes. He sees that they do have something in common, so they decide to make the best of a very bad situation."
Matt Passmore is trying his luck down on the farm
McLeod's Daughters is getting a new hottie: Last Man Standing star Matt Passmore.
Matt also known for his roles in Blue Heelers and Always Greener, and as a host of Play School will join the rural drama from the beginning of its seventh season next year. He'll play city boy Marcus Turner, who is sent by Alex's (Aaron Jeffery) biological father Bryce (John Stanton), to help run Killarney. But we soon find out that Marcus has another reason for being there.
It's not the first time Matt has made an appearance at Drover's Run. He was in an episode earlier this year, playing a character called Greg, a possible love-interest for Tess (Bridie Carter).
"At the time they were talking about bringing him back," explains Matt, "but because Bridie left, they went: 'OK, let that guy go.'
"Then I auditioned (for the role of Marcus) and said, 'Do you remember me? I was on your show about six month ago.' They were like, 'Nah, this guy's different.'"
Matt says his former Last Man Standing co-star Rodger Corser, who played Claire's (Lisa Chappell) lover Peter on McLeod's told him he had an "absolute bull" on the show.
"He loved it. He said he got along with the boys."
And Matt, who moved to SA in late July to start filming on the show, has already made friends with the rest of the cast. "I've found that Adelaide is a very good town to be out on and we've already had some very good nights!"
Matt's not the only new cast member in McLeod's seventh season. Gillian Alexy will join the show as troubled teen Tayler Geddes, who arrives at Drover's intent on seeking revenge on one of the women.
The Perth-raised actress has played a "tough-nut-teenager" in a string of TV series - most recently in two episodes of All Saints.
"It's the role I seem to have been getting since I was about 13," laughs the 23-year-old. "Those troubled teens, they get to a point where they come to a realisation... they have a journey and they come out a better person, so it's fun."
New McLeod's star Matt Passmore admits there's one thing about his character's description that worries him. Marcus is a former AFL player and Matt, being from Brisbane, is "rugby league through and through".
"I grew up with Wally Lewis living three streets away from me," he explains. "I'm an absolute State Of Origin fanatic."
Matt says thtat even though he learnt to love watching AFL while in Melbourne filming Last Man Standing, he never quite learnt how to play the game. "Those boys just kept trying to teach me how to kick AFL, and my foot just wanted to curl around and do rugby- league style every time," he laughs.
So will he have to film any scenes where he has to kick a footy? "I hope not!"
But there are certainly plenty of other scenes where Matt does have to show off his physical skills. City boy Marcus instantly galls into a competitive relationship with country boy Alex, after Alex's biological father sends Marcus to Killarney and tells him he should run the place. The two of them start to test each other, including facing off in a boxing match.
"My character's pitched up against Aaron Jeffery, who's six foot four (193cm) and built like a mountain. They've said, 'Now, be his equal.' OK, give me a personal trainer for a year and a half and I'll do it," Matt jokes.
In fact, in real life, the two men hit it off instantly. "He's such an easy guy to get along with, and he's a real laugh," Matt says. "He's kind of like that big brother who leads you into dangerous things."
For an adventure-loving blolke like Matt - who was in the army before starting his TV career - McLeod's is a dream come true.
"It's the ultimate job, because they say, 'Go out on the farm and be as much of a boy as you can possibly be, and we'll pay you for it. You'll do some boxing training; you have to get out on horses and dirt bikes...' I don't see the downside yet!"
Prepearing to step in front of the buzzer in Temptation's latest celebrity special, McLeod's Daughters hunk Matt Passmore isn't exactly feeling confident. "I've been on a massive losing streak in trivia nights my whole life, so I thought, 'Why not do it on national TV?' I'm quietly petrified," he laughs. Matt will team up with co-star Zoe Naylor to battle out against other Nine Network personalities.
Alex discovers that Marcus is related to him this week - and he's none too pleased to hear the news
Marcus drops a bombshell on Alex this week. He reveals that Bryce is his father, which means Marcus is Alex's half brother!
Alex (Aaron Jeffery) hasn't exactly warmed to Marcus (Matt Passmore) since he arrived at Killarney to audit the farm. So it's safe to say this news is the last thing Alex was expecting.
"Marcus has been stiching his nose into everything," Aaron explains. "He's just waltzed into Alex's life and his property and has just tried to throw his weight around.
"Alex has had a few bombshells dropped on over him over the years, but he doesn't seem to take them any better," Aaron laughs.
"He's very shocked by this one. It's a huge adjustment.
"He's angry at Bryce (John Stanton), but at the end of the day, he doesn't trust Bryce."
Does this development mean Marcus will now be hanging around Killarney permanently? There's every chance he's here to stay.
There's Thieves at Drover's
Who said the girls of Drover's Run can't fend for themselves? If you ever had any doubts, it's more apparent than ever in this weeks episode of McLeod's Daughters that the feisty farm girls don't need blokes around to protect them or their livestock.
When some of the Drover's rams are stolen from the property and sold to the local meatworks using forged documents, Stevie (Simmone Jade Mackinnon) comes up with a rather risky idea to find the false papers. While Regan (Zoe Naylor) is apprehensive about the plan - which involves breaking into the office of the abattoir - her sister, Grace (Abi Tucker), doesn't think twice about agreeing to help.
However, when that fails, it's time, Stevie and Grace must head down a dangerously steep gully while on horseback and catch the thieves red-handed. Let's just say the thieves don't stand a chance.
City slicker Marcus puts his life in danger for a foolhardy test of manhood
Poor Marcus! He hasn't exactly received a warm welcome from Alex since he arrived at Killarney - and it doesn't look set to change anytime soon.
This week, Marcus (Matt Passmore) makes it clear to Alex (Aaron Jeffery) that he's determined to complete the job that Bryce (John Stanton) sent him to Killarney to do.
"The boys are both a bit upset about being forced together," Matt explains.
"So Alex decides to see what Marcus can do. He thinks, 'This will send him running back to the city.' Of course, Marcus is out to prove himself, so no one's going to give up - almost to the point of absurdity. It becomes a bit of a debacle."
Indeed, Marcus may well have bitten off more than he can chew when he and Aelx go out to the field on motorbikes to bring in a herd of cattle.
Before long, Marcus has had a nasty fall, injuring his knee - and he's in danger of being trampled by the cattle!
Kate's in charge of Drover's this week while Stevie (Simmone Jade Mackinnon) and Regan (Zoe Naylor) are out of town at a camp-drafting demonstration.
Kate (Michala Banas), who recently returned from Africa where her boyfriend Dave (Brett Tucker), is still living, wastes no time throwing herself back into work.
"Kate decides not to go back to Africa straightaway," Michala says.
"She sticks around on the farm, helping out and being evasive about when she's heading back."
Instead of answering questions, Kate manages to turn the attention to Marcus (Matt Passmore), quizzing him about his agricultural qualifications.
"Do you have an agricultural scienece degree?" she asks him.
"Second-grade spelling champion - does that count?" replies Marcus, who is clearly bemused by her questioning.
"He seems to really push the button with Kate," Michala confirms.
But it seems there may be another reason for Kate's rather extreme - even for her work ethic. Could something have gone wrong between her and Dave overseas? Moira (Doris Younane) seems to think that's the case.
And how will Kate react when Marcus asks her out for a drink?