Christine Anu (born 15 March 1970) is an Australian pop singer and actress. She gained popularity with the cover song release of the Warumpi Band’s famous song "My Island Home". Anu has been nominated for 17 ARIA Awards.
Christine Anu in 2007
|Born||15 March 1970|
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
|Origin||Torres Strait Islands|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actress|
Anu began performing as a dancer and later went on to sing back-up vocals for The Rainmakers, which included Neil Murray of the Warumpi Band. Her first recording was in 1993 with "Last Train", a dance remake of a Paul Kelly song. The follow-up, "Monkey and the Turtle", was based on a traditional story. After "My Island Home", she released her first album, Stylin' Up which went platinum.
In 1995, Neil Murray won an Australasian Performing Right Association songwriting award for writing "My Island Home". Christine Anu won an ARIA Award for best female recording artist as well as a Deadly Sounds National Aboriginal & Islander Music Awards Award in 1996 for best female artist.
Baz Luhrmann asked her to sing on the song "Now Until the Break of Day" on his Something for Everybody album. It was released as a single and the video then won another ARIA award and led to her being cast in Moulin Rouge!.
In January 1998, Anu teamed up with Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Judith Durham, Renee Geyer, Kutcha Edwards and Tiddas and formed 'Singers for the Red Black and Gold'. Together, they released a cover of "Yil Lull"
In November 2003, Anu released her third studio album, 45 Degrees.
On 26 September 2010, she released a new digital only single, "Come Home".
In March 2018, Anu released a duet version of "Without You" from the musical Rent with Greg Gould. The lyric video featured photography from around the world, each photo with a splash of red for HIV/AIDS support and awareness.
Acting and TV careerEdit
Anu has also had an acting plus TV career. She appeared in Dating the Enemy, a 1996 Australian film starring Guy Pearce and Claudia Karvan. She then appeared in an Australian production of the stage musical Little Shop of Horrors in the same year.
Anu's stage career developed with a starring role in the original Australian production of Rent in 1998 and 1999. Anu was offered a role in a Broadway production of this musical but had to decline due to commitments in recording her second album. Her links with Baz Luhrmann led to him offering her a part in Moulin Rouge!. In 2003, she appeared as Kali in The Matrix Reloaded and played the character on the video game Enter the Matrix.
In 2004, she became a judge on Popstars Live, a television quest broadcast on the Seven Network at 6.30 pm on Sunday night in Australia along the lines of Australian Idol. The program failed to achieve a similar level of success, leading network executives to pressure the judges to offer harsher criticism of the contestants. Christine Anu refused to offer harsher criticism, leading to her resignation as a judge in April 2004. In a statement issued on her departure, she said: "I chose to play a positive role model and wanted to encourage these young people in their endeavours, rather than criticise them. Although leaving Popstars Live was a difficult decision for me to make, I do feel somewhat relieved that I can now focus on my music."
In 2009 Anu participated in Who Do You Think You Are. She appeared again on television in 2012, in the Australian sci-fi television series Outland, about a gay sci-fi fan club. Anu plays wheelchair using Rae, the sole female member of the group.
In 2016, Anu was appointed as host of Evenings 702 ABC Sydney, 1233 ABC Newcastle, 666 ABC Canberra, and ABC Local Radio stations across New South Wales. She took over from Dominic Knight who had hosted the program since 2012. In the first half of 2016 the program suffered a dip in the ratings after she began hosting.
In December 2016, it was announced that Christine will no longer host Evenings on 702 ABC Sydney, but will instead present a national Evenings program on Fridays and Saturdays she did in 2017. In January 2017, Chris Bath replaced Anu hosting Evenings from Monday to Thursday. Christine has a number of regular guests she speaks to about a range of topics.
Anu married her childhood sweetheart, Simon Deutrom, in 2010. Anu is a mother of two: son Kuiam (born 1996) and daughter Zipporah (born 2002) Zipporah's father is actor Rodger Corser.
In June 2016 Anu announced that she and Simon Deutrom were separating after six years of marriage.
- Stylin' Up (1995)
- Come My Way (2000)
- 45 Degrees (2003)
- Acoustically (2005)
- Chrissy's Island Family (2007)
- Rewind: The Aretha Franklin Songbook (2012)
- Island Christmas (2014)
- Intimate and Deadly (2010)
- ReStylin' Up 20 Years (2015)
Films and televisionEdit
|1996||Dating the Enemy||Minor role, first feature film|
|1998||Wildside||TV guest appearance|
|2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Kali||Also lent voice to video game Enter the Matrix|
|2000||It's a Wiggly Wiggly World||Herself||The Wiggles video and album|
|2005||The Alice||Valerie||Episodes 1.11 and 1.13|
|2007||East West 101||Fiona Baker||Episode "Death at the Station"|
|2009||Who Do You Think You Are?||Herself||Episode "Christine Anu" aired 18 October 2009|
|2012||Excess Baggage||Herself||Celebrity contestant|
|2013||Dance Academy||Summer||Episode "Travelling Light"|
|2015||Ready for This||Vee|
Theatre and stage performancesEdit
|1994||Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom||Stage musical|
|1996-97||Little Shop of Horrors||Crystal||David Atkins musical|
|2011||Rainbow's End||Gladys Banks||Stage play. 2009 Parramatta production and 2011 national tour.|
|2013||South Pacific||Bloody Mary||Stage musical|
|2014||Parramatta Girls||Stage play|
|2016||Hairspray||Motormouth Maybelle||Arena production|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1994||Best Video||"Last Train"||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Artist – Single||Nominated|
|1995||Best Indigenous Release||Stylin' Up||Won|
|Breakthrough Artist – Album||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||"Island Home"||Nominated|
|1996||Best Indigenous Release||"Come On"||Won|
|Best Pop Release||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Won|
|1998||Best Video||"Now Until the Break of Day"||Won|
|2000||Engineer of the Year||"Sunshine on a Rainy Day"||Won|
|Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|2001||Best Pop Release||Come My Way||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|2007||Best Children's Album||Chrissy's Island Family||Nominated|
|2015||Best World Music Album||Island Christmas||Nominated|
Green Room AwardsEdit
|1999||Female Artist in a Leading Role (Music Theatre)||Rent||Won|
- "History: Winners by Artist: Christine Anu". ARIA Awards. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
- Keenan, Catherine (18 January 2003). "Frog princess". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
- "Christine Anu – Biography". BiggestStars.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
- "Christine Anu". Who Do You Think You Are?. Season 2. Episode 4. 18 October 2009. 3:55 minutes in. Special Broadcasting Service. SBS One.
- Christine Anu's 45 Degrees. Abc.net.au. Retrieved on 12 June 2012.
- "Island Christmas - Christine Anu". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
- "Without You". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
- Sydney Morning Herald article on her departure from Popstars Live. Smh.com.au (14 April 2004). Retrieved on 12 June 2012.
- "Season 2 episodes | Who Do You Think You Are on SBS". Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- Bodey, Michael (4 December 2015). "Wendy Harmer to replace Linda Mottram on 702 ABC Sydney". The Australian. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
- Bodey, Michael (31 May 2016). "Radio ratings: Sydney stable amid Melbourne moves". The Australian. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- "Sydney Radio Survey 4, 2016" (PDF).
- "Sydney Radio Survey 3, 2016" (PDF).
- "Christine Anu". Ngarralinyi 2TLP Community Indigenous Radio. Archived from the original on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Christine Anu: My Facebook wedding". New Idea. 15 November 2010. Archived from the original on 29 November 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Christine Anu". Essential Baby. 25 September 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Rush star Rodger Corser and Renae Berry expecting first child together". Herald Sun. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "'With great sadness we confirm we have separated:' Christine Anu announces split from childhood sweetheart Simon Deutrom after six years of marriage". Daily Mail. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
- "Catching up with Christine Anu". Deadly Vibe. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Gig of the week: Christine Anu". Sea Cliff Coast. 13 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Screen World - John Willis - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "WIGGLES, THE: IT'S A WIGGLY WIGGLY WORLD | Roadshow Entertainment". Roadshow.co.nz. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Anu: Why I quit - TvRadio". www.smh.com.au. 14 April 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Vickery, Colin (31 January 2012). "Excess Baggage's Christine Anu ready to star in ABC sitcom Outland". News.com.au. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Christine Anu". Channelnine.ninemsn.com.au. Archived from the original on 1 February 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Christine Anu". www.ausstage.edu.au. AusStage. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
- "Australia's Rent Premieres in Sydney Nov. 4". Playbill.com. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- Words By Robert Dunstan. "South Pacific Music - Festival Theatre Adelaide". Ripitup.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Christine Anu: The New Bloody Mary". Stage Whispers. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.