Dhinawan hopes for Oprah gig
Brunswick Heads-based indigenous artist and cultural ambassador Dhinawan could be sharing the stage with Oprah Winfrey when she visits Australia later this year.
Dhinawan, who has built the very successful ‘native experience’ business, ‘Dhinawan Dreaming’, with partner Coco Hamel and their young family, has been put on a shortlist by Tourism Australia for Oprah Winfrey’s production company to consider.
“We’re not sure what they’re looking for so we gave them a proposal of five very different options, with everything from our didgeridoo comedy act to a smoking ceremony to a full-scale corroboree,” Dhinawan said.
Coco said: “Dhinawan is a seasoned TV performer with something new to offer, so we can’t help but think that we’re in with a chance of being selected,” Coco said.
“In the meantime it’s a waiting game, wondering what life will be like if we do get the call-up.
“It’s very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.”
While many Byron Shire locals will know Dhinawan through his work as an artist, keynote speaker and entertainer at local schools and events, Dhinawan’s star is on the rise internationally and he is accumulating an impressive and growing list of TV and film credits.
He starred in French TV series Foudre, shot in Brunswick Heads earlier this year, performed and was interviewed on the New Zealand ‘Sunrise’ Program, and his character role in the new BBC kids series, Zingzillas, will see him launch the program at the Opera House on November 7.
He has even earned the nickname ‘one-take Dhinawan’ for his ability to instantly capture a scene.
“I’ve had four overseas trips this year for work and am getting some amazing opportunities,” Dhinawan said.
“Bringing indigenous culture to the huge audiences of the Oprah show – that would be a great honour.”
Dhinawan, also known as Mick Baker, is a descendant of the Gamillaroi Bigambul tribe.