GC Indie Film and TV Network will be putting the spotlight on the special main guest of the July 24th  network event with a Q&A on QLD media personality “Damien Anthony Rossi”.


Damien will take the hot seat on the night where we shall have a chat about his years of being in the industry including when he was operating Rossi Casting Group.  With Damien’s years of experience we look forward to having a chat with him on how he began to how he sees the industry now.  Founder Caroline Russo of the GCIFTN will conduct what is sure to be an interesting and enlightening chat with Damien who as South East Qld’s man-about-town lives, eats and breathes the entertainment world, so get ready for the  Rossi / Russo show!


For a bit of background: Queensland media personality Damien Anthony Rossi knows a little something about talent scouting having been a Casting Director for over two decades in both the USA and Australia. Damien was born in New York City to a ‘showbiz family’ (US actor/director Al Rossi is his father) with his family relocating to Los Angeles when Damien was very young. Having commenced his casting career there in Los Angeles with the CBS Network in 1990, Damien relocated to Brisbane in 1992. In 1995 Damien established Rossi Casting Group in Milton, which would become Brisbane’s busiest casting company for Film, Television and TV Commercials. Many now famous faces came through his casting studio doors including supermodel Miranda Kerr, Underbelly and House Husbands star Gyton Grantley, Sea Patrol’s Conrad Coleby, Home & Away’s Demi Harmon, film stars Lincoln Lewis, and Josh Lawson as well as TV Presenters Mike Goldman and Natalie Gruzlewski and pop duo The Veronicas.

Damien sold Rossi Casting Group in 2006 to focus on other roles in the industry including that of TV Presenter and Entertainment Reporter but is best known to Queenslanders as The Sunday Mail newspaper’s ‘Man-About-Town’ covering the state’s biggest and best events each week for The Sunday Mail’s popular social pages. Damien is also a sought after compere and Master of Ceremonies for events around the state and has hosted his own annual Academy Awards Night charity event, Rossi’s Oscars, for 19 years having raised tens of thousands of dollars for various cancer research charities over the years from the prestigious event.

In addition to casting hundreds of TV commercials, some of Rossi Casting Group’s film and television credits include:

‘Fire’ (Ch 7 TV series from 1994-1996 starring Peter Phelps, Georgie Parker & Deborra-Lee Furness and filmed in Brisbane)

‘Medivac” (Network Ten TV series from 1996-1998 starring Grant Bowler, Dieter Brummer, Graeme Blundell and Nicholas Eadie and filmed in Brisbane)

“Paperback Hero’ (1999 Feature Film starring Hugh Jackman & Claudia Karvan). This was Hugh’s first screen role and filmed mainly in South East Qld.


Our support guest for the night is Angelo Montano who began acting at the age of five with his first role in A Country Practice and has now notched up 30 years in Film and TV work.  Tonight we will be launching a taste of his comedy show “The Pranksters” that has been filmed in South East QLD and is the brainstorm ideal of Angelo.

We take a look at the latest pranks which will be hilarious as we got a little teaser at our last network. Angelo will share some of the stories later as to the filming of The Pranksters, with the talented crew on the night.

Also we are delighted that we will be launching the first peek look at the amazing singer/performer, emerging actress Jordyn Yarker’s new video film clip that was directed by Lauren Evens and produced by Lisa Yarker which was filmed on the Gold Coast. Jordyn will be returning to the US to live very soon to concentrate on her acting and singing career and has exciting things ahead for her and we will hear more on the night.

Opening the night is yet again another young and up coming singer actress Rachael Lara. Second time winner of International Woman of the Year, Rachael Lara, is doing amazing things on the Gold Coast. Leading the way for youth in the performing arts, this young lady has already to her credit this year, several short films opened at the Gold Coast Arts Centre and leads in several musicals. Rachel has also opened at Jupiter’s Casino and has recently won a major movie role. Her future plans are to work on her music, making a CD and working in more films. Rachael is passionate about charitable causes and is always lending her voice to fight against cancer, the homeless and anti-bullying campaigns. Recognised for her public performances she has just been made ambassador on the GC for the Performing Arts.


The Gold Coast Indie Film and Televison Network is brought to you by Caroline Russo Media and Promotions and proudly sponsored by Business Gold Coast incentive of the Gold Coast City Council. The GCIFTN would also like to thank De Bortoli Wines, Rachel Ford Studios , mygc.com and our own entertainment site Hush Hush biz. Finally we would like to thank the Arts Centre Gold Coast for their continued support and association with our event.


The GCIFTN is a great opportunity for people in the film and televison industry to engage and network with their peers in a venue that helps promote filmmakers. Each network brings together some of the finest talent based in South East Queensland and we help to showcase Indie film work, connecting people together. As always, there are lucky door prizes to win. For bookings please contact Box Office at the Arts Centre GC on 0755884000.


WHEN        Wednesday July 24th  2013


VENUE      The Paradise Room  @ The Arts Centre Gold Coast Bundall Rd Surfers Paradise


TIME           6.30pm & Bar open for networking


7.30pm start for stage events & with Bar to open for last drinks network.


COST       Adults $15.00, Concession $10.00 Can do group bookings for 10


TICKETS   Arts Centre Box Office   Phone 07 5588 4000


For further information contact Caroline Russo on 0409 451 180 or [email protected]


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