Kimberley teenager Gordon Churchill scores lead role in upcoming TV series

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Linda Foster is very proud Gordon scored one of the leading roles in The Warriors. Just giving back,” he said.Gordon and Linda have kept in contact throughout filming for The Warriors.When he told her he was flying to Melbourne for the premier she drove him to the airport.Linda said he never forgot her involvement in his success.”Every time he sees me he says ‘Thank you miss, thank you so much for your help’,” she said.The Warriors premieres Wednesday April 12 at 9:30pm on ABC. His aunt, Nancy Daylight, said the Gija community was very proud and would be holding a barbeque at the town’s art centre to watch her nephew make his small screen debut.But Gordon will not be watching his performance with his family.He will be at the premiere in Melbourne and said he was “stoked” to be representing Warmun. Not only myself, representing the people, the kids, the school, the community, the land. (Supplied: Linda Foster)
“Representing everyone.
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Behind the scenes on The Warriors: Vince Colosimo plays Marc Spinotti, the head coach of the team and Gordon Churchill plays Maki Birrawuy. (Supplied: Arena Media)
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Know the scripts and the meaning of the story of this video. Then probably after that, bought some new clothes and off to Melbourne,” he said.Now living the dream via his role in a national TV series, his acting debut is alongside Australian television alumni John Howard (Mad Max: Fury Road, Packed to the Rafters), Lisa McCune (It’s A Date, Blue Heelers) and Vince Colosimo (Janet King).So how does a young man from Warmun, who has never acted before, slot into his role in such esteemed company?Gordon said it is all about being himself. Photo:
Gordon Churchill plays number-one draft pick Maki Birrawuy in The Warriors. The township, also known as Turkey Creek, is a Gija community located on the Great Northern Highway, 3,009 kilometres north east of Perth.”The whole community is my family … Video: Gordon Churchill: Nervous start to filming

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Putting Warmun on the mapGordonl hopes The Warriors will put his home town of Warmun in the Kimberley region of Western Australia on the map. So I had a go at it, did the interview and the camera audition and stuff,” Gordon said.After recording his audition Linda sent it off to the casting agent.”Then it was over and Linda said ‘Oh, I hope you get it, fingers crossed’, and I said ‘I hope I do too’.”Small town dreams come trueGordon had dreams of making it big as an AFL star and modest ambitions to become an actor. Always there to lift me up, telling me ‘Don’t give up, just keep going’. I had to read all of it. They push me along and are always there to guide me,” he said. (Supplied: Arena Media)
He was at home in Warmun when the news came through he had been selected for one of the leading roles in The Warriors.”They sent me a big piece of paper for me to read. The WarriorsThe comedy drama TV series follows the once-great Warriors AFL club touching on identity, belonging, success, failure and fameStars John Howard, Lisa McCune and Vince ColosimoProduced by Tony Briggs (The Sapphires) and Robert Connolly (The Slap, Barracuda)
At the time, his former boarding house parent Linda Foster saw a national casting call for young Indigenous men to play a role in the upcoming ABC TV comedy drama The Warriors.The series is set in Melbourne and explores the elite world of professional Australian Rules Football through the eyes of two new recruits plucked from obscurity to fame and fortune.Linda thought Gordon would be perfect for the role and sought him out at the AFL match to ask if he would like to do an audition.”She asked me if I would love to try it and I said ‘yeah’. Gordon Churchill was watching a local footy match in Broome when a life changing opportunity presented itself.
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The Warriors: (L-R) Ben Knight (Scottie), Gordon Churchill (Maki), Reece Milne (Doc) and Nelson Baker (Zane).

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Video: Gordon Churchill hopes his new TV role will put his WA hometown of Warmun on the map

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Gordon Churchill plays for the Warmun Eagles and points to a rainbow above their home ground in Warmun, Western Australia.

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Gordon Churchill says Turkey Creek is his favourite place in his hometown of Warmun, WA.

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Gordon Churchill behind the scenes with The Warriors cast. (Supplied: Arena Media)

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Lisa McCune plays the team’s communications manager and Gordon Churchill plays the team’s number-one draft pick. (Supplied: Arena Media)