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Docklands inspires visiting actor

30 Aug 2017

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South Australia-based actor David Jobling spent a “working holiday” in Docklands during the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Mr Jobling volunteered his time for MIFF as his new film Rabbit was premiering at the Forum Theatre and Hoyts.

He said he had formed a “tradition” of staying in Docklands whenever he visited Melbourne.

“Docklands is so colourful and vibrant. I wouldn’t choose to stay anywhere else in Melbourne,” he said.

“I just love being somewhere you can look twice and still see something new. Docklands is like that.”

Mr Jobling’s new psychological thriller Rabbit is directed by up-and-coming Australian director Luke Shanahan with a remarkable cast consisting names like Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby), Veerie Bætens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) and Alex Russell (Jungle).

Mr Jobling played Dr Bob, a creepy but significant character in Rabbit.

Having played in silent film Dr Plonk and the 1978 film Money Movers, Mr Jobling said he was honoured to be part of MIFF 2017 where he could both see his new film premiered and contribute to the festival.

“When I’m travelling, I don’t just want to spend money. I want to be in Docklands with a purpose and feel part of something,” he said. “That’s why I say I’m on a working holiday in Docklands.”

Apart from being an actor, Mr Jobling is also a visual artist. During his stay in Docklands, he took many artistic photos of the area that he thought was “aesthetically inspirational”.

“I’m constantly discovering new things in Docklands. This area is really setting the standard for 2025. It’s an amazingly compact, high-density place to live in,” he said.

“From my serviced apartment balcony I can see the trains, sunset, the pines and the harbour. Docklands has got a depth of character.”

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