Gerard O'Dywer is an actor, advocate and true Irishman! He is a co-founding member of RUCKUS, a contemporary performance ensemble formed in 2011. He has been awarded Best Male Actor at Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival in 2009 for his role in Bus Stop Films' short film Be My Brother, which went on to be awarded Best Film on the evening as well. In 2014 he was flown to Russia to accept the Best Short Film Award for Bus Stop Films’ award winning short film The Interviewer where he again played the leading role. Gerard was awarded Best Male Actor runner up in the Short & Sweet short play festival in 2011 at Newtown Theatre & NIDA’s Parade Theatre.
Gerard is currently in pre-production for his first feature length Australian film starring alongside Aussie screen legend, John Jarratt and featured in Craig Anderson’s feature length horror film Red Christmas at the Sydney Film Festival in 2016. In 2010, 2011 and 2015 Gerard was selected as an ambassador for the NSW Government 'Don’t DISMyABILITY' campaign and he has featured in an advertisement for the NSW Government CareCareers campaign. Notably, in 2012 Gerard was recognised by the Australian Government where he was awarded the Emerging Leaders Award at the National Disabilities Awards.
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