Abe Forsythe

Abraham Forsythe (born 26 July 1981) is an Australian film and television actor, director, writer and producer. He is the son of actor and comedian Drew Forsythe.

Abe Forsythe
Abraham Forsythe

26 July 1981 (age 37)
OccupationActor, director, writer, producer
Spouse(s)Helen Dallimore


He first appeared on the TV series The Miraculous Mellops. He has since appeared as Campbell Todd on the Australian TV series Always Greener, starred in the mini-series Marking Time and starred and directed the 2003 film Ned. He also directed and starred in a parody of The Matrix called Computer Boy. Forsythe has also written a number of acclaimed sketches for the late night sketch comedy series Comedy Inc - The Late Shift. He also starred in the Australian/British television series co-production Tripping Over.

Forsythe has also guest starred in several Australian TV shows, including Blue Heelers, All Saints, Water Rats and Blue Water High.

In 2009, Forsythe wrote and directed the Tropfest short Being Carl Williams. The short won second prize and the Best Comedy award.[1] The 2010 Tropfest saw him win first prize with Shock, a short tribute to radio personality Kyle Sandilands.

In 2012 he played a lead role in one of Australia's most popular TV mini-series ever. Forsythe played John Cornell in the Australian drama Howzat! Kerry Packer's War which was based on Packer's takeover of cricket in 1977, and the establishment of World Series Cricket.

Personal life

Forsythe was married to Helen Dallimore, star of the musical Wicked.[2][3] They separated in 2013.

Selected filmography

Title Character Year
'Laid Charlie 2010
Tripping Over Nic 2006
The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant Sam 2005
Fireflies Hank Sharp 2004
Post Jaysen Chappell 2004
Marking Time Hal Fleming 2003
Ned Ned Kelly 2003
Always Greener Campbell Todd 2001
Computer Boy Agent Smith 2000
Escape from Jupiter Kingston 1994
The Miraculous Mellops Unknown 1991


  1. ^ "Tropfest 2009 – Winners". Urban Cinefile. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
  2. ^ Wolf, Matt (17 July 2009). "London Notes: Helen Dallimore". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
  3. ^ "2008 Helpmann Awards Nominations Announced". WireImage. 2008-06-30. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-12. Newly engaged Abe Forsythe and Helen Dallimore attend the nominations for the 2008 Helpmann Awards at Her Majesty's Theatre on June 30, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia.

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1981 in Australia

The following lists events that happened during 1981 in Australia.

AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay

The AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay is an award presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), for an Australian screenplay "written directly and originally for the screen". Prior to the establishment of the Academy in 2011, the award was presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI) at the annual Australian Film Institute Awards (more commonly known as the AFI Awards). It was first handed out in 1978 when the award for Best Screenplay (which was first presented at the 1974-75 awards) was split into two categories: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. The award has since been presented intermittently from 1978-1979, 1983-1987, 1989, 1993-2006, and then from 2008-present.

Always Greener

Always Greener was an Australian television drama/comedy series that aired on the Seven Network which followed the fortunes of two families, one from the city and the other from the country, when they decide to switch homes and start a new direction in life for themselves. It ran from 2001 until 2003, when it was cancelled after declining ratings and concerns over the cost of production.

Cherie Nowlan

Cherie Nowlan (born Singleton, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian film and television director, best known for the 2007 film Clubland (a.k.a. Introducing the Dwights) and the 1997 film Thank God He Met Lizzie, starring Cate Blanchett and Frances O'Connor, her feature film directorial debut.

Computer Boy

Computer Boy is a 2000 short film by Australian director Abe Forsythe. It is a parody of The Matrix. It gained a cult following after being released over the internet, receiving over 350,000 views on Ifilm. It was filmed in Sydney, Australia and uses many of the same locations as The Matrix. Scenes from the film were included on the DVD of Ned, Forsythe's next film after Computer Boy.

It was never fully released, the movie had an injunction put against it, forcing them to never really release it fully. The total production cost was rumoured to only have cost $2500.

The movie homepage used to be https://web.archive.org/web/20031009011807/http://www.geocities.com/cobweb_films/computerboy.html but is long since dead. The film was mostly promoted on internet forums at the time being very well received.

This is the transcript direct from one of the hosts:

Metro has often been appalled by the bloated budgets of Hollywood blockbusters. Now an 18-year-old film-maker from Newtown has laid bare Tinsel Town's shameless profligacy by making his own version of The Matrix - which was rumoured to have cost more than $100 million - for $2,500(AUS)!

Forsythe, who has seen The Matrix three times, was inspired by spoofs of The Blair Witch Project and his own irritation at Matrix audiences who ooh-ed and aah-ed when they recognised chunks of their own city on the silver screen.

He admits he had to cut a few corners to bring Computer Boy in under budget. Besides writing and directing, he took on the role of Agent Smith, the character played by Hugo Weaving in the original.

"I played him as a mixture of Hugh Grant, Dr Evil and Sean Connery," says Forsythe.

Morpheus, the mysterious cyber-guerilla played by Laurence Fishburne, is portrayed by Marcus Pointon. Forsythe says the resemblance is eerie. "He looks just like Fishburne except he's white and from New Zealand."

The role of "Neo", played by Michael Falzon in a manner reminiscent of Keanu Reeves iconic character "Ted" from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure earned a Best Actor Award at the Melbourne Underground Film FestivalNot content with paying homage to The Matrix, Forsythe aimed to enhance the original plot. While the original Matrix has neither a chase sequence involving a Wilderness Society koala or action filmed covertly in McDonald's, Computer Boy has them both.

Down Under (2016 film)

Down Under is an Australian black comedy drama film set in the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots. It follows the story of two carloads of vengeful, testosterone-charged young hotheads from both sides of the fight, who are destined to collide. It is written and directed by Abe Forsythe

Equity Ensemble Awards

The Equity Ensemble Awards (or Equity Awards) are an Australian awards system, that is an accolade presented by The Equity Foundation, the performers branch of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). The awards have been presented annually since 2011, and are awarded to a cast in a television drama series, comedy series and television movie or miniseries. The awards are peer voted, via a secret ballot, by members of the Equity Foundation. In addition to these categories, the foundation also presents a lifetime achievement award, which has been presented since 2009.

Forsythe (surname)

Forsythe is a surname.

Howzat! Kerry Packer's War

Howzat! Kerry Packer's War is an Australian drama-miniseries set in the 1970s that premiered on the Nine Network on Sunday 19 August 2012.

Laid (TV series)

Laid is an Australian television comedy series that first aired on 9 February 2011 on ABC1. The twelve episode comedy series was written by Marieke Hardy and Kirsty Fisher, and produced by Liz Watts.

Laid was renewed for a second series which aired from 2 May to 6 June 2012, but was not renewed for a third season, following an announcement made on 18 December 2012 on the show's official Facebook page.

List of Australian films of 2016

This is a list of Australian films released in 2016.

Little Monsters (2019 film)

Little Monsters is a 2019 comedy horror film, written and directed by Abe Forsythe. It stars Lupita Nyong'o, Alexander England and Josh Gad.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2019.

Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor

The Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor is an award presented annually at the Australian TV Week Logie Awards. It was first awarded at the 30th Annual TV Week Logie Awards in 1988 and is given to recognise the outstanding performance of an actor in an Australian program. The winner and nominees of this award are chosen by television industry juries. John Wood, Richard Roxburgh, Tony Martin and William McInnes hold the record for the most wins, with two each.

Marking Time

Marking Time was an Australian television mini-series, consisting of four one-hour episodes. It first aired on 9 and 10 November 2003 on ABC-TV. Directed by Cherie Nowlan and written by John Doyle, it was the first mainstream television/film project to address the issue of the Australian government's refugee policy, a topic it approaches by chronicling the emotional journey of one young man during his year off after graduation, in his fictional rural home-town of Brackley, Australia.

The storyline of Marking Time was inspired by the real-life experiences of Afghan refugees and their hosts in the rural town of Young, New South Wales; however much of the outdoor scenes of the series were actually shot at Singleton, New South Wales, in the Hunter Region.

Ned (film)

For the 2010 British film by Peter Mullan, see Neds (film).Ned is a 2003 Australian film, directed by Abe Forsythe. It is satire of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, and his iconographical status as a "hero."

The film was released in the same year as Ned Kelly, starring Heath Ledger.

In November 2006 on Vega FM host Shaun Micallef called Ned "The funniest Australian film made in the last ten years."

The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting

The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting is a six-part sketch comedy series produced by Australian production house Jungleboys. It first aired in Australia on the ABC1 on 3 April 2013.

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant is a 2005 miniseries loosely based on the life of Mary Bryant, an English girl from Cornwall who in this telling was convicted of petty theft (though the historical Mary Bryant was transported for a violent robbery and asssault), and who was transported to the Australian Penal Colony on the First Fleet with other prisoners bound for Botany Bay. It is written by Peter Berry and directed by Peter Andrikidis. The film had a budget in excess of A$15 million, making it the largest-budget television mini-series produced in Australia.

Tripping Over

Tripping Over is a British/Australian six-part drama series. Its first episode aired on Network Ten in Australia on 25 October 2006, and in the United Kingdom on Five on 30 October 2006. In the UK Tripping Over is repeated on Five Life.

The show is about three friends in London and two friends in Sydney, neither group knows each other but their parents do. They both take flights to each other's countries, and the two groups meet at the stop-over in Bangkok, where a tragic event changes their lives.

The series then follows the two groups of friends as they continue on their trips to each other's countries and back home. The programme focuses on the major life changes that occur during the mid-twenties, and how choices made here can affect a person's life for many years to come.

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