Like so many young talents in Australia, Ilai Swindells doesn’t feel the need to stay in one lane. He’s an actor (with appearances in the TV series Harrow, Total Control, The Code, Redfern Now, Playing For Keeps and the groundbreaking Retrograde – screening on the ABC right now – to his credit), a comedy writer and performer (he mixed it up with comic titans Magda Szubanski, Glenn Robbins, Shane Jacobson and Stephen Curry on TV’s Open Slather), a presenter on Australia’s youth radio network Triple J (under the Unearthed banner), and a voice actor (the animated series Spongo, Fuzz & Jalapena). It’s that final talent that finds Ilai Swindells taking centre stage (via the sound booth) for the charming new Aussie animated family flick, 100% Wolf. Swindells lends his abundant charisma and energy to the central character of Freddy Lupin, a young man whose apparently predetermined journey as the next leader of his werewolf pack hits a snag when he transforms into a poodle instead. With a little help from street dog, Batty (Samara Weaving), Freddy learns a few life lessons on his way to the top. “The final film is so beautiful, and I was blown away by the world class animation,” Swindells tells FilmInk, and we couldn’t agree more…
Six masked celebs took the stage tonight, disguised as: Kitten, Bushranger, Puppet, Cactus, Queen and Frillneck.
It was Cactus forced to unmask, with musical theatre star Lucy Durack unveiled within.
Guessing extraordinaire Dannii Minogue locked in the correct call, noting the way Cactus stood on stage looked strangely familiar.
“What struck me from the first performance was the turned-out feet. I found a picture of Lucy Durack, who was standing exactly the way that I’ve seen you standing,” she said following Durack’s performance of Total Eclipse Of The Heart.