If you have already seen the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Dead Men Tell No Tales, you would be forgiven for thinking that you had seen a couple of familiar faces. That is, aside from the likes of Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Two Old Boys from our very own Blue and Grey army, Rupert Raineri (2008) and John Harris (1957), can also be seen in this fantasy swashbuckler. Rupert plays the role of Officer Santos and John is one of the townsfolk.
Whilst at Churchie, Rupert was extremely active in a myriad of co-curricular activities. He was a Prefect, Casey House Vice-Captain and Captain of Boats. He rowed in the First VIII, played rugby in the Third XV, competed in cross country and also participated in drama and theatresports. It was this inherent loyalty, determination and hard work, that saw him recognised with the Spirit of Churchie Award at the end of his senior year. Prior to entering National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Rupert rowed in the high performance program at the Australian Institute of Sport and all the while was honing his acting craft at the Queensland Actors Playhouse. He made his debut in lead roles for short films that stole nominations at the Cannes Short Film Festival Corner and the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF). In his own words, he has lived off commercials, corporate videos, films and plays for the last five years. Rupert is also an accomplished Presenter and Entertainer.
After leaving Churchie, John studied law and having gone bush he qualified through the old Supreme Court system. His career as a solicitor included time as a Senior Partner of Minter Ellison. As a proud Vintage Viking and with a grandson as a current student, John still remains very connected with Churchie. In a twist of irony, John’s ancestry dates back to the Scandinavian Vikings. So it would be fair to say, not only was he destined to be educated at Churchie but perhaps he was also destined to appear in a film of this genre. Since registering with a movie agent, John has proven that when it comes to an acting career, age is no barrier. It has been said that his ‘Jack Thompson image’ makes him a perfect choice as an extra for many movies filmed in Australia. For John, it is simply a way to have fun and earn ‘extra’ money to explore Australia.