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Silver success for QUT grad

5th May 2009

QUT acting graduate Gyton Grantley is doing his university proud, winning a Silver Logie at the TV Week Logie Awards on May 3.

Gyton won Most Outstanding Actor for his portrayal of a Melbourne gangland criminal Carl Williams in the Nine Network production Underbelly.

In his acceptance speech, Gyton thanked QUT for his training.

Gyton, who graduated from the QUT Bachelor of Fine Art (Drama) degree in 2001, also won last the latest AFI best lead actor in a television drama award for the same role.

Gyton told Inside QUT that his QUT training prepared him well for taking on the challenging role.

"QUT gave me the tools that I needed to perform my craft," Mr Grantley said.

"(Playing Williams) I got to use everything I learnt at QUT."

Creative industries Executive Dean Professor Susan Street said the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of the creative industries faculty also helped to broadened student's perceptions of creativity.

"Training in many of our discipline areas is an intense experience for students. The courses are practical and require a high level of personal commitment," Professor Street said.

"Having film, TV, media and communication, creative writing, visual art and performance and design disciplines all in the one place enables students to broaden their interests and opportunities.

"When the faculty was set up, QUT invested not only in developing human capital, but also research in the Creative Industries, which informs the teaching. The third pillar is Creative Enterprise Australia - QUT's commercial arm, Australia's only specialist business incubator and business support organisation dedicated to meeting the needs of the Creative Industries Sector."

"Put all this in QUT's ground-breaking $60m Creative Industries Precinct located in Brisbane's knowledge corridor at Kelvin Grove and you've got something very special."

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