Free and Easy with the Boards in the Monaro

An article from the Age about Mark, acting and his Monaro.

Author: Peter Barrett.

Date: May 31, 2003.

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Despite his busy solo career, singer/songwriter Mark Seymour has been missing the comradeship of Hunters & Collectors since they retired in 1998. Positive feedback from an audition for a part in The Secret Life Of Us two years ago gave him the courage to give acting a try, and now he is excited by the new challenges that his collaborative film and theatre projects provide. When the pressures of music, acting and the demands of his two young daughters become too much, Seymour escapes to the coast in his favourite thing, a 1972 Holden Monaro.

“This is my second Monaro. I drove the first one into the ground, but this one is the HQ shape. It’s the best shape they brought the early Monaros out in. It’s got a really good V8 in it but mechanically it’s very simple and it’s not a GTS, so it doesn’t have all the extra badge-age – you know, how they used to have badges all over them? It’s just that really hot red and it’s a real head-turner, as they say (laughs). I love the look of it. I’ve had it about four years now. I bought it from a guy out in Glen Waverley through the Trading Post.

“My favourite surf resort is the Gunnamatta surf beach, which is straight down that highway (points to Nepean Highway). It’s very quick to get there, about 70 minutes. And I’d usually just roll the seat back and lie the boards in along the passenger side. I think those long drives when I’m just on my own and I can play music really loud and just cruise (are great). It’s a very comfortable car to drive, you know, to just roll down there and have a surf and come home again. I usually manage to get all that in between dropping the kids off at school in the morning and picking them up at 3.30pm.”

Mark Seymour is appearing in a short film at the St Kilda Film Festival called Alpha Male, which screens today at 11am. To book tickets phone 9534 6922. He is also appearing tonight in Matilda Goes Down, a new play running until June 7 at the Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre in Brunswick. Phone 9388 1942 for bookings.



[Thanks Miriam]