Not many up and coming actresses would accept a part that requires them to cover up most of their face, but Australian beauty Marny Kennedy jumped at the opportunity to play Cilla in her most recent project, Golden Girl. The project is a dramatic turn for the 19 year old actress who was originally known for her work on “Mortified” and “Saddle Club,” both of which are popular Australian television shows.
Although a short film, Golden Girl, which premiered in November at the Brisbane International Film Festival, explores the role of memory, loss, and acceptance in a way that allows young Marny to move from popular children’s performer, to something stronger.
In Golden Girl, Marny plays the role of Cilla, a young girl who wakes up in the hospital with terrible burns covering most of her body. The short film focuses on unraveling what happened to Cilla, but perhaps more importantly, it is the story of Cilla learning to accept herself, her past, and her actions. As director Grant Scicluna says, “Cilla’s bandages are a visual metaphor for her denial and guilt. She is reluctant to take the bandages off, presumably so that others may not see her ‘real’ self.”
Finding an actress who has the beauty portray the pre-burn Cilla, but still willing to spend most the time on screen with that very beauty hidden behind a mask of bandages could not have been an easy task. However, for Marny Kennedy the role provided an opportunity to show off her ability, not just her face.
As Golden Girl begins to spread to wider audience, and receiving positive reviews along the way, Marny is moving on to more advanced projects, taking on the role of Winter in “Conspiracy 365.” Marny Kennedy’s open face, child-like enthusiasm, and depth of talent make her an actress to watch out for, not only in her native Australia. As a trained dancer, singer, and accomplished actress, she is sure to make a name for herself around the globe