Perth actor Phoenix Raei making his way in the world of film

Perth actor Phoenix Raei in Australia Day.
Perth actor Phoenix Raei in Australia Day.

PHOENIX Raei always found himself drawn to film making.

The former Perth boy and rising star in the Australian film industry with a lead role in Australia Day, about racial tension throughout one day in Brisbane, would choose cameras over toys while he was growing up.

“I am from a Persian family so study is important and I studied law,” he said.

“But I would grab my parents’ camera and shoot and act; when I was about 12 or 13 I would set out characters and instead of playing with toys, I would make films.

“Yet it never came to mind to make films until about halfway through studying law; (the change) felt like getting further away from adulthood.”

His acting took him out of Perth and to Melbourne, where his family later followed.

“I got a scholarship to Melbourne and moved there about two years ago,’ he said.

“I studied there for a year before I got (a role in) Australia Day.

“My family followed me a couple of months ago and I told them ‘don’t come here and say you don’t like the weather’.”

When switching from law to acting, Raei knew he had to go hard or go home.

“I have been doing it intensively, you have to commit 100 per cent to it, you can’t muck around,” he said.

“You never get used to auditions, and it doesn’t come any easier.

“I always feel like it is never my best work.

“You get about four days’ notice; it is torture but at the end of the day, it is great.”

With a few projects lined up to keep him busy (that he remained tight-lipped about), Raei said he was keen o return to Perth one day.

“I would definitely come back to Perth to see family and friends,” he said.

Australia Day is in cinemas September 21.

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