Vale: Damian Hill
Actor & filmmaker, best known as writer, producer of Pawno, has died.
Actor & filmmaker Damian Hill, best known as writer, producer and star of indie film Pawno, has died, aged 42.
On Facebook his brother Julian described his late sibling as a “daring, brilliant little brother” and wrote: “My eyes are bluer but he was the best one, a beautiful soul.”
Other film credits include The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, Spin Out, West of Sunshine, Fell, and upcoming feature Slam.
TV credits included The Leftovers, Nowhere Boys, Neighbours, The Broken Shore, Winners and Losers, Rush, and McLeod’s Daughters.
Hill was set to star in the Shakespearean production M4M, which is due to start filming today.
Steve Bastoni said, “We have lost a real gem… He had that rare screen presence, a combination of warmth & fragility reminiscent of a young Montgomery Cliff or James Dean.”
Others also shared condolences on social media:
What a sublime screen presence Damian Hill was. I loved him in Pawno, which he wrote and starred in. He was due to start shooting his latest film M4M today, opposite Hugo Weaving. pic.twitter.com/7e7uCZCgvS
— Adam Zwar (@adamzwar) September 23, 2018
Vale Damian Hill, gifted actor, writer and producer. With a slate of work attesting to the breadth of his talents, including #WestofSunshine, he will be missed by friends, family and the screen industry alike. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/ebXsu68SKl
— Film Victoria (@FilmVictoria) September 23, 2018
We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of #WestOfSunshine actor Damian Hill. We'll always remember the deeply touching Q&A Damian and director Jason Raftopoulos gave here at Nova only a few weeks ago. He was a true talent, and will be missed https://t.co/zM21dSwI4C
— Cinema Nova (@cinemanova) September 24, 2018
Vale Damian Hill. What a pleasure and a privilege to work beside you https://t.co/F1ASHZPELW
— Jessica McNamee (@jessica_mcnamee) September 24, 2018
Vale Damian Hill. I never knew you but those I love and respect loved and respected you dearly. You made your own career, sharing your own stories. In awe of your passion and creativity. Too soon.
— Anthony Hayes (@theanthonyhayes) September 23, 2018