Hugo Weaving first made an impact as the young man in Proof. He’s an actor who works regularly in large and complex stage roles, and in the odd Hollywood blockbuster, while keeping his allegiance to Australian culture. He’s one of the more thoughtful actors we have, and something of a chameleon. When you’ve seen him roughed up and whiskered in Little Fish, or Last Ride, it’s something of a shock to meet the quietly spoken, polished Weaving offscreen.
Why was it, I wondered, that we had so few complex portraits of Australian men in our films?