A Ballarat-born actress is feeling "very happy" after being nominated for an award for her role in a recent film.
Many will know Ballarat export Krista Vendy for her roles in popular Australian television dramas.
But it is one of her more recent roles in the independent black and white Australian film, Choir Girl, that has led her to be nominated in the category of Best Actress by the Australian Screen Industry Network's (ASIN) awards.
The film, produced by Lucinda Bruce and Ivan Malekin and directed by John Fraser, centres on a lonely photographer named Eugene.
Played by Peter Flaherty, the photographer develops an obsession with an underage prostitute, Josephine, in his neighbourhood.
Played by Sarah Timm, Josphine has escaped from a war-torn country only to be trapped in the illegal sex trade by corruption and a powerful underworld criminal.
Vendy plays the role of Polly, who is an up-and-coming assistant editor managing the prospect of publishing Eugene's work, though without the full knowledge of who her editor is.
Vendy told The Courier she was really happy to receive a nomination herself, while the film itself received other award nominations.
She enjoyed playing the part of Polly, who is a bit of a villain, as she is a very different to her own personality.
"It's always fun to play someone different to yourself," she said.
About making a film in black and white, Vendy said the process was very similar aside from the make-up.
After a limited release in theatres and international festivals, the film is available for download on iTunes.
Vendy has been an ambassador for numerous events, including the Australian Grand Prix, and has worked for several charitable causes in between a busy career on-screen.
She has played parts on Neighbours and Good Morning Australia before she moved to the United Kingdom for theatre roles.
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She has also spent time in Hollywood, where she acted in roles on television and in film.
Vendy returned to Melbourne after meeting her husband on her annual trip to visit her family in Ballarat one Christmas.
Since then, she has played roles in Chopper - The Underbelly Series, Killing the Cure and Choir Girl.
She has also been cast in the upcoming pilot of comedy Aussiewood, which will begin filming soon.
"[I am] really looking forward to working with this talented bunch," Vendy said.
Trailers for the nominated films, including Choir Girl, can be viewed on the ASIN website.
The community can also vote at: www.australianscreenindustrynetwork.com/asin-awards-vote.html
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