Bay teenager going to Sydney to join cast of ABC TV show series
By LUKE PRENDERGAST
BYRON Bay teenager Eka Darville is off to Sydney next week to prepare for his role as one of the six leads in the next series of the ABC TV show Blue Water High.
Eka, 18, son of Byron Bay notables Chinta Reiss and Cheze Darville, will complete his HSC as he bases himself in Manly and begins a six-month shooting sequence on October 16.
It is the first step in what he hopes will be a long and important acting career.
"I'm pretty excited. Basically I look at it as a doorway to something else rather than a prize in itself," he said.
"Hopefully it will lead to other roles in film and television that will be a little more profound, or will be a catalyst for political change."
Eka, whose HSC drama monologue earned him an invitation to the Onstage Showcase in Sydney, reserved for the best HSC drama students in the State, is the latest product of Lismore-based agency Gilchrist Casting.
Eka auditioned for Blue Water High in the Gilchrist Casting office, and before Charmaine Gilchrist and Leigh Morris even sent the tape off, they knew he was in with a good chance. Within a week he was flown to Sydney and landed a lead role as one of the six teens.
"I had a different agent a while ago and hadn't been getting any work," Eka said.
"A friend of mine told me about Gilchrist and I decided to change agencies and ever since I've been getting heaps of auditions."
And now a major TV role. We knew him when ...