Aaron Pedersen recently completed production on the ABC series MYSTERY ROAD, in which he will reprise his role as JAY SWAN from the film of the same name.
He will next be seen in Stephen McCallum’s feature 1%, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Aaron’s recent projects include Damien Power’s thriller KILLING GROUND, which premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival and screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Foxtel’s fifth season of A PLACE TO CALL HOME and BLUE MURDER: KILLER COP for the Seven Network.
Aaron transitioned into acting, after initially training as a journalist at the ABC. Through his work on WILDSIDE, WATER RATS, MDA, TERRITORIANS, GRASSROOTS, QUEEN OF HEARTS, BLACK JACK, EAST WEST 101 and THE SECRET LIFE OF US, Aaron has been able to champion the changing representation of Indigenous people in Australia. Aaron’s other television credits include THE LET DOWN, IT’S A DATE, THE CODE on ABC, the SBS miniseries THE CIRCUIT, CITY HOMICIDE and HEARTLAND. He also appeared alongside Guy Pearce in the ABC telemovies, JACK IRISH: DEAD POINT, JACK IRISH: BAD DEBTS AND JACK IRISH: BLACK TIDE, based on the thriller novels by Peter Temple, and the follow up six part series JACK IRISH.
He starred in Ivan Sen’s feature MYSTERY ROAD, for which he was also an Associate Producer. MYSTERY ROAD screened in Special Presentation at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Aaron received the Australian Film Critics Association, Film Critics Circle of Australia and Rolling Stone Australia Award for Best Actor for his role in the film. He also starred in the follow up feature GOLDSTONE, which opened the 2016 Sydney Film Festival and screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Aaron received a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor for his role in the film.
His other film credits include Stephen Pages’ SPEAR, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, THE FEAR OF DARKNESS, THE DARKSIDE, BAD KARMA, DEAD HEART, SATURDAY NIGHT, GRANGE, UNFINISHED BUSINESS, MIMI, and MIRROR IMAGES.
Aaron’s short documentary, MY BROTHER VINNIE is a heartfelt piece that explores Aaron’s relationship with his younger brother Vincent who has a mild intellectual disability and cerebral palsy. The film won the Best Short Documentary award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, was nominated for an IF Award for Best Short Documentary and Aaron received a Deadly Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Film.
His theatre credits include HEART IS A WASTELAND (Malthouse), SIGNS OF LIFE (STC/Black Swan),THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Black Swan), KING LEAR (MTC), BLACK MEDEA (Company B/MTC), EATING ICE CREAM WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED (QTC) for which he was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, THE CLUB (STC), JOURNEY TO HORSESHOE BEND (Sydney Symphony), NO WAY TO FORGET, HARRY’S WAR (Darwin Theatre Company) and CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD (Playbox Theatre) for which he won the 2002 Green Room Award for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role. In the same year, Aaron won the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Indigenous Individual Award. Aaron was awarded the Deadly Award for Male Actor of the year in 2003 and 2011 and was further nominated for the award in 2007 and 2013. He was the recipient of the Bob Maza Fellowship in 2007.