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Why is 40 such a critical age? An encounter between writer Peter Robb and Alex Dimitriades, an actor resurrecting his career, offered some answers

A couple of years ago I wrote a piece on the Australian actor Alex Dimitriades. Alex had stumbled from high school into a career as a film and TV star a bit over 20 years before, and he was still a significant presence on Australian screens. But a sense of slippage was growing.

I'd met him a decade before, when we workshopped a play at the Sydney Theatre Company. He was an actor of great intuitive strength, as good on stage as in his films. Head On had caused a stir in Cannes a short time before. He seemed at the top of his game, and full of promise still. I didn't know it, but the brilliant young film actor's career was already beginning to slow. The titles »

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