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Axle Gunn
The patriarch of the Bannister Clan is Michael Bannister.

Axle Gunn is playing the role of Michael Bannister

A career spanning several decades, Axle Gunn has magnetized audiences with his chilling portrayals of darker roles in film. Axle has worked in various roles in the entertainment industry including; Radio/TV News presenter, musician, voice artist and versatile actor. Diversifying into a number of different multimedia platforms, Axle has accomplished praise for his hard work in the independent and corporate entertainment industries. Highlights of his career include The Golden Dragon 2 (1998), Fun (2012), Collateral Damage (2012), Red Sky (2015), The Tormentors (2015), Then and Now (2016), and Kicks (2016).


Michael was a creative and playful child.  He played a range of instruments, participated in student theatre, and loved his little sister Ruby.  His talents continued into adulthood and he attended a prominent acting school before going on to establish a spectacularly international career in film and on stage.  He was particularly noted for his character roles and received two oscar nominations before tragedy struck.  His family was involved in a car accident leaving his wife dead and himself and his youngest daughter permanently injured. 

It had been a loving and supportive marriage, his wife also being a successful actress, and Michael had found it impossible to move on.  He quit acting and retreated to the quiet holiday home owned by the family.  He had a weak back and permanent scarring.  Michael retreated into his family and focused on his two daughters, Sienna and Emerald.  His fortunes dwindled and his sadness enveloped the household.  He lived for his girls thinking his own life over.

Michael is now 56.  He has good mobility, although he still needs a stick to walk.  Recently Ruby put a proposition to him.  She wanted to start up a theatre company.  She has plenty of money and said she wants to help him rediscover his artistic voice.  She wants him to be the director.  Michael believes he has a good relationship with Ruby.  They have always been close and he is grateful for this opportunity to continue his career.  He has been working with Emerald, his youngest, for years now trying to help her develop her talents within the confines of her disabilities and can appreciate this gesture for what it is - a chance to find himself as an artist again, to be a whole person again. 

As director he thinks of himself as the creative driving force of the company.  After all, he is the one with the experience and reputation.  Ruby's one condition was that her family be employed.  Michael feels a benign indulgence about this as he was planning to do the same with his daughters.



Playing On Series 2: Scott Knight

Samsara sits down for a chat with Scott Knight about what he has been up to recently and also how he has gone about developing the character of Edward Drummond.

Collectors Edition Box Set #6: Chapters 26 - 30

Chapter 26: The Outrageous Compromises Dan and River call in Emerald and Henri for a design meeting to iron out some problems. Henri finally manages to convince Edward to wear his costume, and Sophia finally arrives in Australia.
Chapter 27: The Nervous Welcome Edward suffers from opening night nerves and Henri comes to his rescue. Meanwhile, up in the Foyer Ruby introduces Sophia to Dramaticus.
Chapter 28: The Snubbed Kiss Kirana finally bumps into Ruby face to face at opening night drinks for the first time since the Christmas debacle and sparks fly. Edward and Sienna discover there is a smouldering electricity between them and King Richard III opens to thundering applause.
Chapter 29: The Explored Congratulations Henri convinces Ruby and Michael to make post show speeches before convincing Ruby to run away from the party with him. Meanwhile Emerald and Brick find themselves vying for Kirana's attention and Sophia finally meets Ed…

CHAPTER 25: The Pleading Future

CHAPTER 25 The Pleading Future LISTEN HERE
SCENE 1: The Future (part 1) Frank wakes up in the early hours of the morning and decides to wake River up too.
FEATURING: Daniel Brasher and Samsara
SCENE 2: The Pleading Ruby takes an early morning Skype call from Flora who has hatched a plan with Sophia.
FEATURING: Jaq Avery, Malaynee Hayden and Maree Shefford
SCENE 3: The Future (part 2) The alarm wakes Frank and River again and as they get ready for work they talk about the future.