John Polson biography
Australian-born actor and director John Polson began working with The Sydney
Theatre Company as an actor in 1983. Three years later he had landed his
first substantial film role, playing the lead in the mini-series Vietnam.
The experience inspired him to consider directing as a career option.
long, he directed his first short film, An Evening With Herman.
Starting small in the director's chair, Polson continued to act in film
projects until 1990 when he returned to the stage to play Hamlet in the
debut production of the Bell Shakespeare Company.
He toured the east coast
of Australia with the show for six months before leaving to do more film and
In the early 1990s Polson went to the Tropicana Caffe to screen
his short film for cast, crew and friends. The film, entitled Surry Hills:
902 Spring Roll, drew an amazing 200 people.
Inspired by the turn out, John
decided that a short film festival was the next step. In 1993, the Tropicana
Short Film Festival (Tropfest) was born and today it is the largest Festival
for Short Films in Australia.
In February, each year, Polson takes time
off from his busy schedule to take on the role of Festival Director.
He made his feature film directorial debut in 1999 with Siam Sunset, which
was included in an array of international film festivals.
He then jumped
back in front of the camera to portray in the blockbuster action film
Mission: Impossible II (2000).
Polson is also the Founder of TropNest, a writer's centre situated on the
Fox Studios lot in Sydney. In November 1997, he received the Byron Kennedy
Award for his contribution to the Australian film industry.
John Polson Filmography
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
The Boys (1997)
Idiot Box (1996)
Back of Beyond (1995)
The Sum of Us (1994)
What's Going On, Frank? (1994)
Prisoners of the Sun (1990)
Raw Nerve (1990)
Candy Regentag (1989)
Tender Hooks (1989)
Dangerous Game (1987)
Call Me Mr. Brown (1986)
For Love Alone (1986)