Caton to talk property at estate open day

michael caton

Michael Caton

CANBERRANS will have the chance to meet award-winning actor Michael Caton at the Springbank Rise open day on Saturday, January 19. 

Famous for many iconic roles in television, theatre and film, Caton’s career spans four decades  –  with the career highlight  of playing the legendary role of Darryl Kerrigan in the much-quoted film, “The Castle”.  These days, the Queensland-born actor appears on Channel 7’s hit  shows “Packed to the Rafters” and “Hot Property”.

And it’s real estate that will be on his mind when he visits Canberra to appear at the Springbank Rise open day.

Caton, who has been inducted into the Australian Film Walk of Fame, been presented with numerous awards from the Australian Film Institute and holds a Logie, will give insights into what he’s done with his own Bondi home.

A passionate advocate of sustainable living, he bought the 1920s house just over a year ago and although it already had the right aspect, he’s added solar panels and replaced the light globes among other things.

“I’m pretty frugal in terms of what electricity I use,” he says. “It’s not rocket science.

“Houses need to be built to aspect not to the street.

“I lived in flats before this house and whenever I was looking for a place, I’d always take a compass with me to see if it had the right aspect.”

As well as the chance to meet the actor, the open day will feature kids’ activities including craft, face painting and train rides, plus giveaways, and music performances. The whole family can enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch for a gold-coin donation, with proceeds going to charity.

The Living Options display village is open with 10 new homes from nine different builders showcasing a range of living options.
Springbank Rise is a $500 million master-planned community in the Gungahlin suburb of Casey.

Caton says he’s looking forward to visiting Canberra again.

“Probably the quickest trip I ever had to Canberra was filming ‘The Castle’. We flew in, went to the High Court, and flew out again.

“But I’m a bit of a World War II freak and I’m looking forward to going to the War Memorial to see ‘G for George’.”

It’s been 15 years since he played Darryl Kerrigan in “The Castle” and he says he’s forever thankful for the day he got the call from Jane Kennedy, asking him to be a part of it.

“Darryl resurrected everything for me. I’d been around for a long time –  was like that comfortable old couch in the corner – I was a bit dusty.

“I’ve been very blessed by it,” he says.

But he admits he’d never heard some of the now-famous sayings before reading the script, including: “Get your hand off it, Darryl”.

And while he singles out “The Castle” as a career highlight, he says the cast he has most enjoyed working with is on “Packed to the Rafters”.

“It’s been exceptional. The cast, the crew and the writing staff – they pick your brains in terms of where we see the character heading,” he said.

This year looks as busy as ever for Caton with a possible film role coming up in the later part of next year and no signs of slowing down.

“God, no! My wife would kill me if I was around the house too much!”

The Springbank Rise open day, Horse Park Drive, Casey, Saturday, January 19. springbankrise.com.au

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