One of Australia’s most distinguished and well-respected actors Noni Hazlehurst is our special guest on Balance this week.
Each day we’ll be featuring a new part of our interview with Noni and in this segment, she talks about what inspired her to write and deliver “that” Logies speech.
In May 2016, Noni became only the second woman to be inducted into the Australian Logies Hall of Fame. In her acceptance speech, she called out the inequality in the film industry and lack of empathy in society.
Noni said that while she didn’t consciously make the decision to accept the award to so she had a chance to make her speech, she did decide that it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.
“I have things I really care about, particularly after 24 years on playschool, I feel more strongly than ever that small children are being exposed to things that are not helpful to them, that are positively damaging to them, ” Noni said.
“A lot of it is done unconsciously or subconsciously and I think there is such a terrible imbalance in what we are feeding our small children. We are presenting a view of the world that is not real.”
Noni Hazlehurst talks about the fall-out from her speech
Noni says the media coverage of her speech proved her point that we are always presented with conflict.
“I knew that a lot of people agreed with me, I know from talking to people, that people are overwhelmed by the ubiquity of bad news,” Noni said.
“Interesting the predictable tabloids the following day, exemplified my point to a tee because the headlines were Noni savage the television industry, Noni lashes her peers. And what sort of idiot would I be if I had done that? So they essentially created a conflict where none existed.”
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Noni Hazlehurt’s TV Week Logies speech
About Noni Hazlehurst
Noni Hazlehurst is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected actors. career, in addition to her 2005 AFI award winning
She has had starring roles in Australian film and television since the 1980s and was a loved member of the Playschool Team for over 20years.
In the 1990s Noni hosted Better Homes and Gardens for 10 years.
Noni is the winner of several Australian Film Institute Awards including; Best Actress in a Lead Role (Twice), Best Performance by an Actress in a Telefeature of Mini-Series, and Best Supporting Actress.
Noni has won a Variety Club award for Achievement in Television, a Critics’ Circle Award, two Film Critics’ Awards, and the Flinders University Convocation Medal. She received an Order of Australia in 1995 for services to children and children’s television and recently, an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from Flinders University (SA).
She has been National Ambassador for Barnardo’s for 4 years, and an ambassador and patron for numerous child welfare organizations and has two sons.
Noni currently plays a role on ‘A Place to Call Home‘ which originally aired on the Seven Network and is currently showing on Foxtel Showcase. https://www.foxtel.com.au/watch/a-place-to-call-home.html
This year is also special, with ABC’s Play School celebrating 50 Years.