Max Cullen is a leading Australian actor with a long career in the visual and performing arts.
Starting as a painter and sculptor, Max studied acting under Hayes Gordon at The Ensemble Theatre which led to performances in over a dozen plays. Since then he has had a prolific acting career on stage, in film and on television. He has performed in plays including; Fortune and Men’s Eyes, Shadow of A Gunman, A Singular Man, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Siestas In A Pink Hotel, Emerald City, The Ham Funeral, Big Toys, Sons of Cain, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Cheery Soul, Hamlet, The Tempest, A Street Car Named Desire, As You Like It, Death Of A Salesman, Small Poppies, The Siege Of Frank Sinatra, The Great Man, Cloudstreet, Ashes to Ashes, I Ought To Be In Pictures, A Couple Of Blaguards, The Sunshine Boys, Waiting For Godot, Buried Child, All My Sons, One Day Of The Year, Scenes From A Separation, The Daylight Atheist, Looking Up Lower, Faces In The Street – A Salute to Henry Lawson, Dead Men Talking and Twelfth Night.
Max has appeared in more than 35 feature films; including, You Can’t See Around Corners, Stockade, Sunday Too Far Away, Summerfield, My Brilliant Career, Hard Knocks, Hoodwink, Running On Empty, Starstruck, Charley’s Web, Boundaries of The Heart, Incident at Raven’s Gate, Garbo, Greenkeeping, Lightning Jack, Rough Diamonds, Spider & Rose, Billy’s Holiday, Kiss or Kill, Nugget, Jindabyne, and December Boys most recently in Australia, X-Men Origins – Wolverine and The Great Gatsby.
He has also featured in hundreds of television programs including; Secret Valley, The Timeless Land, McLeod, Skippy, Matlock Police, Homicide, Bodyline, Cowra Breakout, The Flying Doctors, Act Of Betrayal, Norm and Ahmed, Rafferty’s Rules, A Country Practice, Police Rescue, G.P., The Damnation of Harvey McHugh, McLeod’s Daughters, All Saints, Love My Way and Black Jack. Max was an arts reporter on channel Nine “Sunday” program for 12 years.
For his work, Max received the 1984 Logie Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Last Bastion, the 1986 Penguin Award for Best Performance by an Actor in The Flying Doctors, the 1990 Sydney Theatre Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Tempest, the 1994 Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor in Spider and Rose and the 1994 AFI Award for the same, the 1999 Green Room Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in Cloudstreet, 2004 Icon Award for Cinema Owners Association of Australia. 2005 AFI award for best supporting actor, Love My Way.
Max is a published poet and short story writer, his memoir Tell ‘em Nothing Take ‘em Nowhere was published by Pan MacMillan in 2010.
Cullen is currently working on his next novel, continues to produce art and exhibits regularly in public exhibitions.
Thursday 26 May, 8:30 PMThe Chrissy Sharp Poetry Gala: Stars of Stage and Screen
Sydney Town Hall, Sydney