When the scout came up to me, I said, 'No, thank you.' They forged my mum's signature [for mandatory parental consent], and pushed me in front of the cameras.
The show reel then landed on the desk of ace model scout David Cunningham from the New York City agency IMG. I mean, she looks like she's been doing this for years, and she's a 15-year-old kid walking in an alleyway in Perth [...] She's a supermodel, for sure," Cunningham said.
The general adolescent horror of people who are different doesn't help much either having a "spastic" as a brother is not good for the image.
Yet Thomas's developing relationship with neighbour and fellow lifesaving squad member Jackie (Gemma Ward) gets a positive push from his situation.
As director, Elissa Down has a nice light touch, and the prejudice and distaste the family have to deal with are neatly sketched in.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, Ward was first scouted at the age of 14, and made her Australian Fashion Week debut aged 15.
Starring: Rhys Wakefield, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson, Luke Ford and Gemma Ward Director: Elissa Down Rated: M THOMAS (Rhys Wakefield) is nearly 16.
His dad is in the army and the family is moved again to a new house and school.
Vogue Paris would later declare her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.The Mc Donalds College of Performing arts in Sydney.It's a pity this film will not be more widely seen.The family portrayed has its eccentricities but you could not describe it as dysfunctional.Dad (Eric Thompson) and Mum (Tony Collette) not only have a strong love for their autistic teenager Charlie (Luke Ford) but they have learned to cope with his behaviour.