Being able to lead a film that stands out in the current over saturated streaming market is one of the most important things an actor needs to do in their career. For an award-winning actor like Grant Lyndon, that’s more than apparent with the recently released acclaimed film project, “Bossy.”
Grant’s embodiment of Philip is both effortless and intense. Any viewer can be both intrigued and amused by Lyndon’s on-point patriotism, a sharp reference to the patriarchal systems in the corporate world which have been under scrutiny in recent years.
Lyndon’s co-star Marny Kennedy, who plays the role of Lucy, recently starred in the acclaimed Channel Seven drama “Between Two Worlds” with Aaron Jeffrey, and won an AFI award for Best Young Actor for her still-popular series, “Mortified.”
Grant’s Philip, as the antagonist in the story, forms the basis of Lucy’s entire world. The film, using a dark tone and cutaways into Lucy’s thought processes, satirises the unfortunate reality of powerless, but valuable, employees.
When looking at Grant’s filmography, it’s clear that the vast majority of his roles are memorable and unique. Sometimes a Hugh Jackman type and other times more of a Bryan Brown figure, his resume is one that is difficult to stereotype but for that very reason, especially one-of-a-kind.
That being said, Lyndon’s previous work on the acclaimed and popular series “Crownies,” where he played the role of George across multiple episodes, allowed him to establish a reputation in the Australian film industry for taking on figures of authority.
Industry figures explain how the role of George Prassas was crucial to the plot of “Crownies,” as the seniority and wisdom he brought to the courtroom was exactly what the younger blood of the Department of Public Prosecution were fighting against to prove their worth. That was the premise of the whole show.
When asked about the experience however, Grant points to the contributions of others as much as his own. “Working on Crownies was a wonderful opportunity to exercise the maturity that George Prassas had in a world of young gun legals. It was both fun and exciting to work with such a dynamic cast, who had the spunk to challenge the system. Respect from a magistrate in the courtroom doesn’t come easily, and Prassas had that from his peers. The challenge for me was in holding that weight, and offering a seniority that wasn’t too old and stuffy. It’s all too easy to play the ‘told you so’.”
Grant’s involvement in “Crownies” being a watershed in his career is reflected in the critical acclaim he experienced by virtue of the show’s award nomination. “Crownies” was significantly nominated a few years ago for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the Equity Awards. The Equity Awards is an Australian awards system, that is an accolade presented by The Equity Foundation.
Grant’s Michael is absolutely crucial to the plot of “Ruby,” as he is Ruby’s son and central to the beginning, build up, and crescendo of the plot with his management of his mum’s care, and how he executes that.
Grant played Michael with such an authentic connection to the dynamics of a mature mother/son relationship. He managed to employ a tone of sinister meets sympathetic, creating a juxtaposing and rich artistic texture.
In other words, it’s absolutely no wonder why Grant ended up claiming the title as an award-winning actor for this film project. “Ruby” was directed by Dimitri Ellerington, a two-time Tropfest finalist, AACTA and Dendy nominated as well as CRC highly commended person. Grant greatly thanked Dimitri for his role in helping him obtain this exciting new award by virtue of the film.
In one of his posts promoting his podcast BusyDads, Grant Lyndon goes on to explain how he felt that his life would never truly feel fulfilled until he would become a father. His fervor for fatherhood reflected directly on-screen during “And Baby Makes One.”
The role played by Grant in the movie hit home for this real-life father.
He says, “[F]atherhood isn’t an experience that comes out of a packet. There’s so many diverse ways that people come into and experience fatherhood these days. Stuart had a deep need and purposeful urge to be a dad, and this was recognised by his wife. To allow people to have a parenting experience that is outside of the well tread paths, is a powerful and supportive choice by our community. Tradition has told us that love comes in all shapes and sizes, and is certainly not limited to the known archetypes of parental roles.”
There’s more of that to come for Lyndon, who has been offered some exciting roles in the US and something audiences should be excited about.