Anni Finsterer

Anni is an AFI awarded actor, a writer and a director of theatre, film and television and joins the cast of Teenage Kicks as Ilona Varga, the matriarch of the Varga family, a woman with a hard past and a whole lot of secrets.

Anni was awarded an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for her performance in Rowan Woods’ telemovie, 3 Acts of Murder. For the stage she appeared in Parramatta Girls for Parramatta Riverside, Poor Superman, The Threepenny Opera, Antony & Cleopatra, The Loaded Ute and The Women of Troy for the Sydney Theatre Company; Richard Roxburgh’sRay’s Tempest, Jesus Hopped the A Train and Benedict Andrews’ The Threepenny Opera for Belvoir Street; Othello for the Bell Shakespeare Company; The World’s Wife and Macbeth for the Melbourne Theatre Company; Rabbit for the Griffin Theatre Company; and Kimberly Akimbo for Ensemble Theatre. Independent theatre productions include Lenz, for Melbourne Festival, a tour of Asia and Europe in A Christmas Carol with American Drama Group Europe and writing, performing and producing her one woman show Gravegnomes.

Anni has appeared in numerous feature films including Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty, The Clinic, Scott Hicks’ The Boys Are Back, David Caesar’s Prime Mover, Candy, Johnny Ghost, Queen of the Damned, Accidents Happen and Strange Fits Of Passion.

Anni’s television credits include Underbelly Badness, City Homicide, All Saints, Love My Way, Home and Away, Stingers, Blue Heelers, Halifax F.P., Good Guys Bad Guys and State Coroner.

As a Director, Anni is currently creating Project 7.3: A Documentary. She recently co-directed the short film A Priest in the Family and stage productions of The Shoehorn Sonata by John Misto and Stolen by Jane Harrison for Parramatta Riverside.