Jimi Bani

Jimi Bani

Jimi Bani is a 2007 graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Before attending drama school, Jimi played a regular role in the SBS series R.A.N (Remote Area Nurse) shooting in northern Australia and since graduating Jimi has had many leading roles across theatre and television.

Theatrical plays include the lead role in Jandamarra (dir: Tom Gutteridge) for Black Swan Theatre Company, Romeo and Juliet (dir: Wayne Blair) for Sydney Theatre Company, Peter Pan (dir: Ralph Myers) and Yibiyung (dir: Wesley Enoch) for Belvoir Theatre, The Dragon (dir: Marion Potts) for Malthouse Theatre and Krakouer! (dir: Marcelle Schmitz) for Deckchair Theatre. He has also performed in the theatrical production of The Sapphires, for both Black Swan Theatre Company (dir: Wesley Enoch) and for Belvoir St Theatre (dir: Neil Armfield). Belvoir went on to tour the show to both London and Korea which Jimi was a part of.  Jimi performed the role of Edmund for Malthouse Theatre’s Shadow King, playing seasons across Australia and at the Barbican Theatre in London.  In 2016 he was busy, performing in Title and Deed (Belvoir St Theatre), Storm Boy (STC) and Half & Half (Jute Theatre Co). Most recently he played Ejlert Lovborg in Hedda (QUT).

In television, Jimi played a leading role in the ABC television series The Straits (dirs: Peter Andrikidis, Rowan Woods and Rachel Ward) for Matchbox Pictures. He then went on to play the title role in the telefeature Mabo (dir: Rachel Perkins) which also screened on the ABC as well as having a special screening at the Sydney Film Festival in 2012. Most recently he has appeared in Blue Water Empire, Black Comedy, Ready for This, and Redfern Now.

Jimi received the 2013 Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television or Miniseries (Mabo) and the 2012 Deadly Award for Actor of the Year (Mabo & The Straits); and the 2012 BOFA Award for Best Actor (Mabo & The Straits). Jimi also has 5 acting nominations to his name – a 2014 Helpmann Award Nominee for Best Male Actor (Shadow King); 2012 Silver Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actor in a Television Drama (Mabo); a 2012 AACTA nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama (Mabo); a 2009 Helpmann Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Yibiyung) and a 2008 WA Equity Foundation Nomination for Best Newcomer (Jandamarra).

Jimi Bani

Television

BLACK COMEDY (Series 4)
Role: Various. Scarlett Picures / ABC 2019
BLUE WATER EMPIRE
Roles: Kebisu, Dupa, Wilfred Baira. Lonestar Productions / ABC 2019
BLACK COMEDY (Series 2)
Role: Regg & Uncle Jimmy. Dir: Various, Scarlett Pictures / ABC 2016
READY FOR THIS
Role: Nat Brockman. Dir: Daina Reid, Big Chance Films 2015
THE PEOPLE SPEAK
Contributing speaker. WTF Television
REDFERN NOW
Role: Peter Gibson. Dir: Wayne Blair, Blackfella Films 2012
MABO
Role: Koiki ‘Eddie’ Mabo (Lead). Dir: Rachel Perkins, Blackfella Films 2012
THE STRAITS
Role: Marou (Lead). Dir: Various, Bala Pictures / ABC 2012
R.A.N (Remote Area Nurses)
Role: Solomon Gaibui. Dir: David Caesar / Catriona McKenzie, SBS 2006

Theatre

HEDDA
Role: Ejlert Lovborg                                                Dir: Paige Rattray. Queensland Theatre 2018
MY NAME IS JIMI
Role: Jimi                                                                                Queensland Theatre, Belvoir St, Norther Peninsula Area Regional Council, Melbourne Festival 2017/2018
TITLE AND DEED
Role: Man                                                                               Dir: Jada Alberts, Company B 2016
SHADOW KING
Role: Edmund                                                                         Dir: Michael Kantor, Barbican Theatre London 2016
STORM BOY
Role: Fingerbone Bill                                                               Dir: John Sheedy, Sydney Theatre Co 2015
SHADOW KING
Role; Edmund                                                                         Dir: Michael Kantor, Malthouse Theatre 2013
THE DRAGON
Role: Lancelot                                                                         Dir: Marion Potts, Malthouse Theatre 2013
HALF & HALF
Role: Co-Lead                                                                        Dir: Suellen Maunder, Co-produced by Jute Theatre Co & Lone Star Productions 2013
PETER PAN
Roles: John & Pirate                                                               Dir: Ralph Myers, Company B 2012/2013
THE SAPPHIRES (Remount & London Tour)
Role: Jimmy                                                                            Dir. Neil Armfield. Company B 2011
THE SAPPHIRES (Korea Tour)
Role: Jimmy                                                                            Dir: Wesley Enoch, Black Swan Theatre Co 2010
THE SAPPHIRES
Role: Jimmy                                                                            Dir: Wesley Enoch, Black Swan Theatre Co 2010
KRAKOUER!
Role: Jimmy                                                                            Dir: Marcelle Schmitz, Deckchair Theatre WA 2010
YIBIYUNG
Role: Smiley                                                                            Dir: Wesley Enoch, Company B & Malthouse 2008
PLAYWRITING AUSTRALIA
Roles: Various                                                                         National Script Workshop, Canberra 2008
ROMEO AND JULIET
Role: Tybalt & Friar                                                                Dir: Wayne Blair, Sydney Theatre / ED program 2008
JANDAMARRA
Role: Jandamarra                                                                   Dir: Tom Gutteridge, Black Swan Theatre Company 2008
UNAUSTRALIA
Role: Mannie                                                                           Dir: Andrew Lewis, WAAPA
LOVE & HUMAN REMAINS
Role: Robert                                                                           Dir: John Sheedy, WAAPA
THE COUNTRY REMAINS
Role: Mr Sparkish                                                                    Dir: Chris Edmund, WAAPA
THE WINTERS TALE
Role: Florizel                                                                           Dir: Leith McPherson, WAAPA
STORIES FROM SUBURBAN ROAD
Role: Tom                                                                               Dir: David Ryding, WAAPA
THREE SISTERS
Role: Chebutykin                                                                     Dir: Rhys McConnochie, WAAPA
DREAM PLAY
Role: Poet                                                       Dir: Lisa Scott-Murphy, WAAPA

Film

A THIN BLACK LINE (Virtual Reality)
Role: Voice. Frog Hollow VR Pty Ltd

Awards / Nominations

THE NATIONAL DREAMTIME AWARDS Nominee – Best Male Actor (2017)
HELPMANN AWARDS Nominee – Best Male Actor in a supporting role for Shadow King (2014)
EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARDS Winner – Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a telemovie or mini-series for Mabo (2013)
AACTA AWARDS Nominee – Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for Mabo (2012)
BOFA AWARDS Winner – Best Actor for Mabo & The Straits (2012)
DEADLY AWARDS Winner – Male Actor of the Year for Mabo & The Straits (2012)
HELPMANN AWARDS Nominee – Best Supporting Actor for Yibiyung (2009)
WA EQUITY FOUNDATION Nominee – Best Newcomer (2008)

Training

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Drama course (WAAPA) – Graduated 2007

 

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