Hazel Annikki Savolainen
Hazel is a half Australian, half Finnish actor/filmmaker who brings a unique taste of black humour to her work. She often finds herself in raw, vulnerable characters, drawing on life experience from her travels, her studies, and her upbringing. Hazel relocated from Perth to Sydney with a Diploma of Screen Acting from the Film and Television Institute of WA, mentored by RADA graduate Fern Nicholson. This course followed the methods of Adler, Guskin and Strasberg, as well as meditation and visualisation, to create believable and present performances on screen, encouraging the development of a 'creative actor'. At the age of twelve, Hazel was selected for the 'Specialist Drama Program' scholarship at John Curtin College of the Arts (the Brent Street equivalent in WA). She has since continued her artistic pursuits with theatre and screen work. She was nominated for 'Best New Talent' in the Short and Sweet Play Festival in 2012, for her directing and acting in the Gala Finals. Hazel has recently graduated from the International Film School Sydney where she further developed her relationship with the camera and built strong collaborative bonds with other emerging filmmaking talent. Her graduate piece, 'Finger Painting' has recently hit the festival circuit for 2015. She continues to write and collaborate on creative and multi-layered characters to affect and inspire audiences.