Conspiracy 365 has thrust Harrison into the spotlight
THE FAMILY Movie Channel's big-budget teen thriller Conspiracy 365 comes to its epic conclusion next week.
THE $13 million dollar production brings Aussie author Gabrielle Lord's bestselling teen novels to life on the small screen in 12 episodes airing once a month.
It's a groundbreaking event-TV format, which required an equally large social-media platform developed by Brisbane-based entertainment company Hoodlum.
More than 20,000 fans engage with the series on Facebook and through the show's website, which offer new content to supplement the monthly episodes.
Conspiracy centres on 15-year-old Callum Ormond, who is forced to become a fugitive as he searches for the truth behind the death of a family member.
He spends a year on the run from the police, who suspect him in an attack on his sister and uncle, and several underworld figures who are after a family treasure protected by a riddle called the Ormond Singularity, which his father had been investigating up until his death.
December's final episode will see Callum fly to Ireland with his best mates Boges and Winter to try and crack the code and complete his father's legacy before time runs out.
The past two years of Conspiracy star Harrison Gilbertson's life have been dominated by the show.
He's still coming to terms with the end of the year-long series.
"It's been weird. I can't detach until it's over," he said.
"After a lot of films you detach after five or six weeks, so it's definitely been a different experience. It's sad and really relieving at the same time.
"I'm ready to part ways with Cal."
Last year saw Harrison and his co-star Marnie Kennedy, who plays Winter, finishing their Year 12 exams while filming.
His graduation and the finale of the show mark a new chapter in the young actor's career.
"It's been a new beginning. I spent a lot of time (this year) thinking, like you do. I've been to LA a couple of times this year. It's a matter of keeping the stove on, keeping things burning as an actor."
Gilbertson is currently in the US shooting a new movie, Haunt, with fellow Aussie Jacki Weaver.
"It's a story about a family who move into a house that's a bit derelict and they redo it," he said.
"He meets this girl and they kind of fall in love. One night they foolishly try and contact the dead and it gets a bit scary from then on in."
It's his first horror film and he's not exactly a fan of the genre.
"I don't like watching them," he said.
"I don't like putting myself through anxiety."
Gilbertson has also been cast in the new short-film series The Turning. It looks like his breakthrough leading role in Conspiracy 365 is just the start of Gilbertson's acting career. He's one to watch.