Cast And Creatives
David Hyde Pierce
Simone De Marchi Detective Valdez
Nick Tomnay & Krishna Jones
Craig Campobasso C.S.A.
Joy Todd C.S.A.
Original Music by
DAVID HYDE PIERCE as Warwick Wilson
Best known for his performance as Dr. Niles Crane in the multi-award-winning American sitcom Frasier, Tony and four-time Emmy Award-winning David Hyde Pierce will soon make his West End stage debut in David Hirson’s comedy La B√™te. On Broadway he starred in Curtains, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, and he originated the role of Brave Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot. He created roles in the Off-Broadway and regional productions of Mark O’Donnell’s That’s it Folks!, Richard Greenberg’s The Author’s Voice and The Maderati, Harry Kondoleon’s Zero Positive, Jules Feiffer’s Elliot Loves and Richard Alfieri’s Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. His other stage credits include appearances in Hamlet and Much Ado at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Holiday and Camille at the Long Wharf Theatre, The Seagull, Tartuffe, Cyrano, and Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Guthrie Theatre, and Peter Brook’s production of The Cherry Orchard in New York, Moscow, Leningrad, and Tokyo. His film credits include Bright Lights, Big City, Crossing Delancey, Little Man Tate, Sleepless in Seattle, Wolf, Nixon, Isn’t She Great, Wet, Hot, American Summer, Full Frontal, Down With Love, A Bug’s Life, Osmosis Jones, Treasure Planet, and the recent Sundance Film Festival Selection The Perfect Host.
CLAYNE CRAWFORD as John Taylor
Clayne is an Alabama native who initially moved to Los Angeles with just his truck and a dream. To date Clayne has appeared in over thirty feature films and television shows. Beginning with a role in the feature One Blood Planet before scoring roles in cult hits like A Walk To Remember and Swimfan. Clayne then built a fan base in television with roles in Roswell and Jericho.
2010 looks to be an exciting year as Clayne is coming off Guest Appearances on hit shows like Leverage, Criminal Minds and Burn Notice. In the feature world, Clayne started the year in a lead role in The Perfect Host, an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival and in Smokin Aces: Blowback for Producer Joe Carnahan. Clayne will also be a regular in living rooms across the nation with recurring roles on Sugarloaf for A&E and in the FOX powerhouse 24 with Kiefer Sutherland.
NATHANIEL PARKER as Detective Morton
After leaving drama school in London, Nathaniel joined the Royal Shakespeare Company before appearing many times in the West End and on Broadway with Dustin Hoffman in The Merchant of Venice. He has starred in many BBC period adaptations, including Vanity Fair, The Nuremburg Trials and Bleak House, and had his own series for seven years playing the title character in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.
His film career has been forged on both sides of the Atlantic, beginning with a starring role in War Requiem by Derek Jarman and co-starring Laurence Olivier and Tilda Swinton. Since then he has shot two Shakespeare films, Hamlet with Mel Gibson and Othello with Laurence Fishburne. More recently, he starred opposite Eddie Murphy in The Haunted Mansion, Fade To Black and Stardust. At the same time as The Perfect Host premiered at Sundance another film, Malice In Wonderland opened in London cinemas. He has just finished filming The Domino Effect, directed by Oscar nominee, Paula van der Oest.
HELEN REDDY as Cathy Knight
Born into a well-known Australian show business family, Helen Reddy, is a prolific entertainer who conquered the worlds of music, television, theater and film in a career that has spanned almost four decades.
Best known as a recording artist, Helen Reddy had more than a dozen Top 40 hits and sold over 25 million records worldwide. She was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award. As a solo concert artist, she has played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York as well as the Royal Albert Hall and the Palladium in London. Helen was also the first western female performer invited to sing in the People’s Republic of China.
Her song “I Am Woman” became a cultural icon, becoming the anthem of the feminist movement and winning her a Grammy Award for Best New Pop Vocal Performance.
With her success in music sealed, Reddy turned to the big screen and co-starred in Airport ’75, garnering a Golden Globe nomination. Other credits included Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.
In 1973, Reddy became the first Australian to host her own one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network. After the show ended its run, she guest starred on popular series such as Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Diagnosis: Murder and The Tonight Show. She also lent her voice for Family Guy and The Simpsons.
Reddy has starred in London’s West End and on Broadway in New York. In 2002 Reddy retired from live performance, four years later she published her best-selling memoir The Woman I Am (Tarcher/Penguin).
Reddy returned to the big screen in The Perfect Host starring alongside David Hyde Pierce. The film premiered in Sundance 2010.
MEGAHN PERRY as Simone De Marchi
Megahn Perry is an actor/writer/comedienne who’s best known for her work on VH1′s I Hate My 30′s, NBC’s The Lyon’s Den, The WB’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dawson’s Creek. Her feature credits include The Convent and The Gravedancers. She is also a part of the viral phenomena that is Liam Sullivan’s Kelly series (“Shoes,” “Text Message Break up,” “No Booty Calls”). She can currently be seen taking down the vampire culture on Youtube in her very own Heather’s Vlog, which she also writes. Megahn has sold features and TV shows to Good Machine, Sony, Paramount and Fox Television. She is a freelance writer in the TV department at MSN.com. She is also the co-creator and co-owner of Exboyfriendjewelry.com, an oddly popular website dedicated to buying and selling or trading “Ex” jewelry. When she’s not taking over the viral world, she likes hanging out with her favorite live-in man friend Jeremy and her favorite live-in dog friend Eva Peron.
JOSEPH WILL as Detective Valdez
Joseph Will is a seasoned TV veteran, who most recently starred on 24 and The Mentalist. After attending the prestigious ASOLO Conservatory in Sarasota, FL, Joseph found himself working in New York on multiple Off-Broadway productions before relocating to Los Angeles. Quickly after his arrival, he booked his first guest-starring role as Patty Lupone’s son opposite Kelsey Grammar on the Emmy award winning show, Frasier. His other credits include C.S.I., Prison Break, Without A Trace, Shark, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, NYPD Blue, Will and Grace. His most recent film credits include the feature film The Perfect Host with David Hyde Pierce, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
MARTIN ZOLAND, Executive Producer
Australian-born business executive Martin Zoland has built a global network of businesses over the past twenty five years, in the construction, manufacturing, travel, entertainment, marketing and promotions industries. This network now spans the US, Europe and Australia. His interest in the entertainment industry led him to produce theatre projects in the UK, the US and Australia. Zoland also co-founded the Australian film and television trade magazine Inside Film.
Martin is Executive Producer and co-financier on the Australian feature film The Tumbler, and the upcoming feature film The Perfect Host, starring David Hyde Pierce, which premiered at Sundance in 2010.
STACEY TESTRO, Producer
Stacey Testro is the CEO of Stacey Testro International, an international management & production company based in the USA and Australia. Stacey Testro International represents artists in film, television and theatre worldwide.
Her first business venture in Australia was the highly successful comedy club Catch a Rising Star. She went on to open a successful talent agency. In 1992 she opened an LA office handling management and production.
After reading a script called Saw in Melbourne, Australia in 2001, written by her long time writing/directing clients James Wan and Leigh Whannell, Stacey encouraged the team to shoot a promo and then introduced the project to Hollywood. Saw premiered at Sundance in 2004 and went on to become one of the highest grossing horror franchises. Testro has executive-produced the sequels while continuing to represent its creators.
Aside from films, Testro also produced theatre on the West End and off-Broadway and toured the highly successful show The Hobbit in Australia.
More recently, Stacey produced and co-financed the feature films The Tumbler and The Perfect Host which premiered at Sundance 2010.
Testro is a supporter of the Australian film industry, sponsoring many incentives and awards for filmmakers in Australia as well as being a Gold Sponsor for Australians in Film in Los Angeles. Stacey continues to live and work in Australia and the USA.
MARK VICTOR, Producer
Mark Victor is a prolific writer, producer & entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in the filmmaking industry, working with some of the most recognizable names in Hollywood: Steven Spielberg, William Friedkin and Richard Attenborough to name a few.
Victor stated his career in TV, writing for television in the series Starsky & Hutch. A meeting with Steven Spielberg propelled into writing the screenplay for Poltergeist which became a mega hit in 1982. He followed it by co-writing and producing Poltergeist II. He went on to executive produce Great Balls of Fire for Orion Pictures, starring Dennnis Quaid and Alec Baldwin. Other mega hits he co-wrote and produced included Marked for Death, Sleepwalkers and Cool World. His next film scheduled for 2010 production is The Devil’s Highway.
In addition to producing & writing blockbusters, Victor produced low-budget indie films States of Grace and the highly acclaimed Falling. Most recently, he produced and co-financed The Perfect Host starting David Hyde Pierce which premiered in Sundance 2010.
NICK TOMNAY, Writer & Director
A native of Sydney Australia, Nick Tomnay attended art school in the early 90s. After graduating he worked as an assistant editor and then editor, cutting commercials, documentaries, and music videos pursuing his goal to become a filmmaker.
In 2001, Tomnay wrote and directed the short film The Host, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won several awards including Seattle’s Golden Space Needle Award, AFI (Australia) Best Short Film Award, and IF Best Short Film Award in 2002.
Continuing to pursue his passion of filmmaking, Nick moved to New York City and worked as a commercial editor at Wildchild editorial. In 2006, Tomnay was handpicked out of a number of Australian high-profile directors to direct an episode of Bryan Brown’s series Two Twisted entitled Jailbreak.
The Perfect Host, written and directed by Tomnay, is his feature film debut and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2010.
JOHN BRAWLEY, Cinematographer
John Brawley is an award-winning cinematographer, who recently shot The Perfect Host¬∏ a feature film starring David Hyde Pierce, which screened at Sundance in 2010. Prior to that, he filmed Joel Anderson’s debut feature, Lake Mungo. In late 2009, John shot the primetime television comedy series Lowdown, for ABC Television Australia, a comedy pilot for cable television broadcaster Foxtel, and is currently shooting the series Offspring for Network 10.
John has worked extensively in many film and HD shooting formats, including RED. He also has extensive experience compositing and integrating live action with CG elements – and received a Special Mention for Technical Achievement at the Cannes Film Festival for his work on the short animation Clara. John received a MA and graduated with distinction from the highly prestigious AFTRS whose alumnus includes Dion Beebe and Andrew Lesnie.
RICARDO JATTAN, Production Designer
With a body of work that spans more than twenty years, Ricardo is a widely respected Production Designer. His work has been seen in hundreds of commercials, with brands as varied as Nike , Heineken, X-Box, Victoria’s Secret and Volvo, to name just a few. Some of his film and TV credits include “Black Dawn”, “Repo Man”, “Forgotten Ellis Island” and “The Perfect Host”.
Ricardo originally hails from Toronto, Canada and now lives in Los Angeles.
JOHN SWIHART, Composer
John Swihart has composed the scores for more than 40 films and 11 television series; his recent work includes Dimension’s YOUTH IN REVOLT (starring Michael Cera), Katalyst Film’s SPREAD (starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche), and Lions Gate’s NEW IN TOWN (starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr.), in addition to the long-running TV series HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS/Fox) and GREEK (ABC Family/Buena Vista). He has won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Score for his work on the cult classic NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, for which he was also nominated for a Grammy.
John was educated in music composition, production, and engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and also was a performer in the Blue Man Group show in Las Vegas. He currently is based in Los Angeles at his own Sonic Gravy Studios.