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Hunter Page-Lochard: The Next Step series

Actor, writer and director Hunter Page-Lochard discusses his career transition from acting to directing.

Needing advice on taking the next step in your screen career? ‘The Next Step’ series will showcase a selection of creatives who have made or are making the transition from short form (short films, web series) to long form content (TV series, feature films). Subscribe to Screen Australia’s newsletter for additions to the series.

In this final episode of the ‘Next Step’ series, Cleverman leading actor Hunter Page-Lochard explains that acting wasn’t always the sole focus for his creative pursuit.

“I’ve always wanted to direct and write. I remember being little, I would create short films. I would make things like that all the time. I would direct my friends around.”

Page-Lochard admits that making the transition from acting to directing did come with its challenges.

“I found the transition to directing difficult in the sense where I was shown all the things that could go wrong, just in case, to keep me safe so I wouldn’t go away crying. But I feel like that dampens the progress of what we’re all trying to do as a team.”

You can watch some of Hunter Page-Lochard’s directing work on the children’s series Thalu on ABC iview and SBS On Demand.