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Maya Stange grew up in Fremantle. She attended the little-known and almost forgotten Family School and then the better-known Lance Holt School, before the John Curtin College of the Arts, where she began her acting apprenticeship.
Her first feature was also Russell Crowe's first, Love in Limbo (David Elfick, 1995). In the story, three boys, one of whom is Maya's character's brother, make their way to Kalgoorlie to lose their virginities, with mixed success. It's not a great film, and Rusty shdn't've tried to do a Welsh accent. But the production design saves it. It's set in the 1950s, and it's all Laminex and primary colours. The acting is, of a piece with the locations and costumes, theatrical.
I made a point of attending the Fremantle premiere, in the presence of the star, at Luna S/X. I'm not sure of the exact number in the cinema, but it was less than ten, including Maya and her Mum. No red carpet.
List of feature film appearances at australiancinema.info.
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