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Beam Us Up, Rhiana!
By Amy Edwards and Michael Gadd
The Newcastle Herald
January 10, 2005

HUNTER Valley actress Rhiana Griffith has mastered "cheesy" for this year's Flickerfest short film festival.

Griffith slipped into a Barbarella costume (pictured) to shoot the trailer for the international festival and made comments like "the aliens are advancing" to former Blue Heelers star Rupert Reid.

The trailer is being shown on SBS and at the festival and is a sci-fi spoof that promotes Flickerfest's slogan "Short Films From Out Of This World".

"We had a good time and we didn't take it too seriously," Griffith said of shooting the trailer.

She said the hardest part was discovering that there's "a fine line between cheesy and just really bad acting".

Coincidentally, Griffith is the second Hunter personality to don the Barbarella costume with Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins dressing as the space beauty for the December issue of Who magazine.

Flickerfest festival director Bronwyn Kidd picked Griffith to star in the trailer after working with her on the 2001 film Search.

"She needed someone a bit out of this world and she thought of me," Griffith joked.

Flickerfest opened at Sydney's Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach on Friday night and runs until January 16.
It boasts the best in Australian and overseas short filmmaking and offers a host of cash and other prestigious industry prizes.

Former Lochinvar lass Abbie Cornish is also featured in the festival.

Cornish stars with Hugo Weaving in the Aussie film Everything Goes.

The short flick, which will screen at 4.30pm today, tells the story of a couple who meet a man selling his possessions following the breakdown of his marriage.

Griffith began acting as a teenager and has featured in the World War II film 15 Amore and opposite Vin Diesel in the science-fiction hit Pitch Black.

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