"With a film, I do my best to understand the author's intentions and try to bring the characters to life."
"There were movies that always made me want to be a director. You see brilliant scenes and the way the emotions were handled. I thought, I'd really like to do that."
"When the music and the characters are flawlessly synchronized, the opera develops an emotional force that movies and plays cannot match."
"If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink of my entire life - that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment - that would be the perfect state. "
"I feel like I've been marinated in Australian theatre."
"I love strange choices. I'm always interested in people who depart from what is expected of them and go into new territory. "
"It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career."
"When you live in a place, you are not just taking from it, you are contributing to it. In America I would never be able to make myself a person who could contribute. I wasn't interested in that society; I was interested in this society. "
"I just love quality. Quality can be so broad. It's available to all of us. And it's something to do with service. "
"Is it (acting) a true vocation?... I say it is a gift...And fame? Neither sought nor expected... still confounds and amazes and disturbs. Whatever the reason - I am so very delighted that it did happen - I would not have missed it for the world. "
"Of course, it's a great joy to be able to perform. And that love affair with an audience, where you give love and they give love back - it's a romantic situation."
"I think that all performers are basically show-offs. We're shy, but we need that catalyst in our lives that will take us to the next day. We need to get up for something. Otherwise, we're not anyone. We have to be someone else. We have to be alive, we have to be doing, we have to be performing we have to be thrilling people, we have to be - to be honest, we need the applause."
"Out there in the spotlight you're a million miles away and every ounce of energy you try to give away as the sweat pours out your body like the music that you play."
"Fame makes me feel wanted and loved, anybody wants that."
"I don't think success arrives and you're suddenly happy. It's not like that. If people think that they'll be very disappointed."
"I emphasise the following: don't, whatever happens, be anyone but yourself. Don't act anyone else-that would be fatal."
"Don't get too close, it hurts."
"There are no limits, love, there are no limits."
"Our musicians and our songwriters are the modern day storytellers of Australia. Just as the poets of the 1880's, 1890's, Lawson and Paterson did for their generation, it's now up to us to tell the story of Australia today."
"Everywhere I go, I feel like a part of me is there. The whole nation is part of my home."
"One of the drawbacks of Fame is that one can never escape from it."
"You won't be famous until people start saying the worst things they can about you. Don't worry! It's a good sign! "
"The show is in the casting. Choose the right people. "
"Ego is not a dirty word. "
"You can listen to what everybody says, but the fact remains that you've got to get out there and do the thing yourself. "
"But I think that Australians have a sort of independence, and I think that, rightly or wrongly, they tend to make their own decisions as to how a thing has gone. Pioneers are apt to be like that. I think that it's not a bad idea. You can listen to what everybody says, but the fact remains that you've got to get out there and do the thing yourself."
"If I weren't reasonably placid, I don't think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, you've got to be absolutely like a horse."
"I got things I wanna say - Samson and Delilah gave me a platform and a confidence that I didn't have before."
"I actually think it's very spiritual. It's, you know, it's not just about the music. It's about people coming together and giving up or giving over, if you like, their selflessness or their...their ego, to actually work together as one to make this extraordinary sound. "
"There's this flame that burns inside of me, and I honestly believe that the highest, that the absolute reason we're here, in this form, is to experience joy, is to experience happiness. And I think that's part of maybe why I do what I do, is because I just want other people to try and maybe find their joy. And if that happens to be through music, and I can help make that happen for them, um, and they can have an experience in their own life through music, which will be different to mine, but maybe experience some of the joy that I've had, then that's why I think I'm here. "
"I'm just showing that you can be an Aussie and be yourself, and we've got so much to be proud of. We really have got a country that's equal to anything else in the world, and why not sing about it? And people appreciate that. If they go away feeling prouder about being Australian, well, then, I've done my job, you know. "
"We operate in two aspects of reality. One is restricted (sacred); the other is unrestricted (public). That's why I find it easy to come into the white man's world and operate, then go back to my world without fear of losing it. I'm using white man's skills, Yolngu skills and putting them together for a new beginning."