Young Actor Nic Hamilton of Alstonville won The Best Male Actor Award at this years Tropfest for his role in the short movie, Time.
Young Actor Nic Hamilton of Alstonville won The Best Male Actor Award at this years Tropfest for his role in the short movie, Time. Patrick Gorbunovs

Time is definitely on young Nic’s side

AFTER taking out the Best Male Actor category at the 21st annual Tropfest short film festival on Sunday, Nic Hamilton's star is certainly on the rise.

Over the past two weeks the Alstonville 12-year-old has auditioned for roles in three American TV series, including one on Monday, after staying up until midnight at Tropfest.

Nic could get the call any day to tell him he has secured the big break he dreams of: an acting role in a US production.

"If he gets a part you have to be in the US in two days," Nic's mother Vicki Dobrunz said.

At this stage the family are taking each day as it comes.

Walking the red carpet at The Domain in Sydney and rubbing shoulders with celebrities including Rebecca Gibney, Gyton Grantley and Sam Worthington has made Nic even more focused and determined to pursue an acting career.

With less than three years acting experience under his belt, Nic said he was hon- oured to be considered in the same company as Sam Worthington, who took out the same award in 2001.

ASPIRATIONAL: Nic Hamilton with actor Gyton Grantley (at top) at Tropfest and, above, in the short film Time.
ASPIRATIONAL: Nic Hamilton with actor Gyton Grantley (at top) at Tropfest and, above, in the short film Time.

"It's crazy knowing that it's possible I might be a successful actor like him one day," he said.

Nic won the award for his lead role in the seven-minute-four-second film Time, which details a schoolboy's obsession with time travel and the peer pressure from his non-believing mates.

But Nic's blossoming career may never have kicked off if it wasn't for him landing a role in his school play as Elvis, which was followed by the death of his uncle Ross.

"My uncle Ross, who died of cancer when my acting career kicked off in 2011, was a great role model," Nic said.

"When he passed away I knew I had to pursue acting for him."

Ultimately Nic said he would like to land a role alongside Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey in a comedy.

But until then the level-headed actor is keeping his $3000 Tropfest prize money securely in the bank.

Click here to watch Nic's winning performance in the short film, "Time", along with other Tropfest films.



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