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Universe at her feet


Universe at her feet

A Coast actor is sharing the limelight of a hit Netflix series that has taken the world by storm and transports viewers back to 1980s Brisbane. WORDS: Caitlin Zerafa.

As an Australian Netflix series continues to swallow in fans across the world, a Sunshine Coast actor shares her immense pride at being part of the project.

Jane Larkin plays Penny in the Netflix television series Boy Swallows Universe, the screen adaptation of Brisbane author Trent Dalton’s book of the same title.

The series has taken off across Australia and the world since hitting the streaming service on January 11. Based in 1980s Brisbane, the series follows the story of Eli and his brother August as they embark on a suburban odyssey of love, redemption and retribution after their family is torn apart by a drug lord.

Speaking with My Weekly Preview, Larkin says she is “so proud” to be part of this successful Australian television story.

“It’s so amazing when you see a project come to life,” she says. “I filmed it about 18 months ago and you get on a real high when you audition, get the part and get on set. The world’s your oyster – and then you wait.”

Larkin acts alongside Australia’s Phoebe Tonkin, who is known for her roles in the Aussie teen series H2O: Just Add Water and hit US show The Vampire Diaries.

“I had just finished filming my own film when I heard Boy Swallows Universe was being adapted into a Netflix TV series,” Larkin says.

“At the time, I thought it was just incredible. I’m a massive fan of Trent Dalton and he is a beautiful writer and I called my agent and said I wanted to get on the series.

“I play a troubled young woman who is in a similar position to Phoebe Tomkin’s character.

“Something I love is that (Dalton) really humanises every character. They are not just good and bad, terrible/good people: they are really three-dimensional.”

Larkin appears in Episode 2: Boy Gets Chop.

She and Dalton (pictured) met on set and again at the series premiere in Brisbane earlier this month, finding a commonality between a mutual friend and lecturer at the University of Queensland and both having a love for writing.

The former Immanuel Lutheran College student has also featured in Spiderhead, starring Chris Hemsworth, as well as Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives, plus the Australian-filmed series Young Rock and Darby and Joan.

The writer, producer and actor is doing crew work on the upcoming Howard film Eden, starring Jude Law, and is soon due to release of her own film, The Edge, which was made on the Coast.

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