[SUPANOVA COMIC-CON] Interview with Hugh Keays-Byrne

STM’s Sarah Minazzo had a great chat with actor Hugh Keays-Byrne ahead of SUPANOVA Comic-Con and Gaming coming up fast in Melbourne and the Gold Coast

For those who would prefer a TRANSCRIPT of this interview: You can download it HERE

Hugh Keays-Byrne is an Australian actor born in Srinagar, Kashmir (1947); educated and raised in England.

He began his career as a stage actor in England in 1964 working at Theatre Centre Limited, then at The Mermaid Theatre (Sir Bernard Miles company) and for 6 years at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The RSC’s world tour of Peter Brook’s famous production of A Midsummer Night’s dream brought him to Australia in 1973. He decided to stay.

He continued to work in the theatre in Australia through the ’70s; Lennie in Of Mice and Men and Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, both at the Sydney Opera House, were acclaimed productions. In his first year in Australia, he was cast as Toad in Stone(1974) and regular film roles followed; the most significant of these being as Toecutter in George Miller’s debut Mad Max (1979).

Hugh has had significant roles in over 20 films in Australia, among them are: The Man From Hong Kong (1975), THE CHAIN REACTION (1980), Strikebound (1984), Burke and Wills (1985), Kangaroo (1987), Resistance (1992, Co-Writer/ Co-Director, Actor), and Sleeping Beauty (2011).

He has also had roles in a plethora of television productions, including: Death Train (1978), Moby Dick (1998), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1999), and one of his all time favourites as “that chick magnet” Grunchlk in Farscape (2001) and Peacekeeper Wars (2004).

His latest film role is as Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Hugh has a partner, Christina, of 45 years and lives on the Central Coast, north of Sydney, Australia.

Supanova to Celebrate Mad Max’s 40th Anniversary, and More, at 

April’s Melbourne & Gold Coast Events 

It was on April 12 in 1979 that audiences were first introduced to the iconic dystopian film, Mad Max, with Steve Bisley portraying Max’s right-hand man, Goose, while Hugh Keays-Byrne took on the role of villain Toecutter before triumphantly reappearing as Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road. So it’s only fitting that these original alumni and Aussie icons are driving their way onto the already talent-packed Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Melbourne (6-7 April) and Gold Coast (13-14 April) lineup. 

To take celebrations up a notch, Bisley and Keays-Byrne will also be headlining the Supanova Superhero Parade (Sunday 14 April) on the Gold Coast that’ll be marching from Broadbeach at 9am, making its way to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre where Supanova will open its doors at 10am. They’ll be joined by hundreds of fans in a variety of costumes to celebrate the Gold Coast Superhero Weekend

In further guest news, Supanova favourite Graham McTavish (The HobbitOutlander) has also been confirmed. Following an appearance as King Atlan in this summer’s blockbuster, Aquaman, and more voice work as Dracula in Castlevania, McTavish is currently filming the fourth season of Preacher in Melbourne.

Australian publishing imprint IFWG will also have a strong presence, with founder and dark fiction maestro Gerry Huntman (author of upcoming fantasy series Sky Realms Chronicles) appearing in Melbourne and Sydney-based spec-fic author Christopher Sequeira (The PhantomSherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook) gracing both events while also hosting contributor and New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder (Wicked series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AngelSmallville) at both events.

They will bring a worldwide exclusive to Supanova with the launch of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not, featuring multiple international and award-winning writers.

There’s also Banksia Project recipients, illustrators Alex e Clark (Melbourne exclusive) and Cameron Davis (Gold Coast exclusive), lending their creative talents to the lineup, while comic artist Mike Krome (Zenescope, Valiant, Aspen), writer and illustrator Jan Scherpenhuizen (Possible Press), and Julie Ditrich (Comics Mastermind CEO and Founder) are slated for Melbourne.

The latest guest announcement is rounded out by Australian comic artist Stewart McKenny (Star Wars: Clone War AdventuresCaptain America) and local author Brad Mengel, who currently works in Australia’s criminal justice system.

Tickets for Supanova 2019 – Melbourne and Gold Coast are on sale now via Moshtix.

Supanova is a celebration of fandom, where the worlds of film and television, fantasy, comic books, anime, sci-fi, cartoons, books, gaming and collectables comes to life! There’s something for everyone, including ‘cosplay’ (costume-role play), fan clubs, musical performances, creative master classes, celebrity Q&As, wrestling, tournaments, competitions and an expo full of shopping possibilities.

Other Supa-Star Guests already announced for Melbourne and Gold Coast include:

Camila Mendes (Riverdale)

Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf)

Tyler Hoechlin (Teen WolfSupergirl)

Eliza Taylor (The 100)

Toby Stephens (Black SailsLost in Space)

Stefan Kapicic (Deadpool)

Jon Heder (Napoleon DynamiteBlades of Glory)

Jordan Connor (Riverdale)

Matt Ryan (ConstantineLegends of Tomorrow)

Troy Baker (The Last of UsBioshock Infinite)

Nolan North (Assassin’s CreedUncharted)

Lucie Pohl (Overwatch)

Jonny Cruz (Overwatch)

Brian Donovan (Naruto)

V.E. Schwab (author – Shades of MagicVillains)


Supanova Comic Con & Gaming began in Sydney in 2002 as a completely home-grown Australian production showcasing sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime, manga, games, cosplay and much more. The brainchild of Founder & Event Director, Daniel Zachariou, Supanova is run by a diverse and passionate team of independent professionals with backgrounds in private industry and the creative sector. Supanova takes place in six cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast), and is Australia’s leading and largest event of its kind with close to 200,000 fans expected to attend the Supanova events in 2019.

Supanova is a celebration of pop culture created by the Supanova family, for your family, to “bring out the inner geek” in fans of all ages. 


Melbourne: April 5-7, 2019 | Melbourne Showgrounds 

Gold Coast: April 12-14, 2019 | Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

FULL SUPA-STAR GUEST BIOGRAPHIES AVAILABLE AT: http://www.supanova.com.au/guests 

TICKETS: on sale now through Moshtix