Christine Anu (born 15 March 1970) is an Australian singer, songwriter and actress. She gained popularity with the cover song release of the Warumpi Band's song "My Island Home". Anu has been nominated for 17 ARIA Awards.
|Born||15 March 1970|
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
|Origin||Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia|
Anu attended Emmaus College in Rockhampton where she graduated from in 1987 before studying at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association in Sydney.
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". 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 career in film, stage and television. 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. 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 December 2015, ABC announced that Anu will host the Evenings radio program on ABC Radio Sydney, ABC Radio Canberra and ABC Local Radio stations across New South Wales. Anu shared the role with Dominic Knight, then took over full reins in April after Knight's resignation. In the first half of 2016 the program suffered a dip in the ratings after she began hosting.
In November 2016, ABC announced will host a national Evenings program on Friday and Saturday across ABC Local Radio. Chris Bath replaced Anu as host of Evenings from Monday to Thursday on ABC Radio Sydney, ABC Radio Canberra and ABC Local Radio stations across New South Wales.
In June 2016, Anu announced that she and Deutrom were separating after six years of marriage.
On 24 February 2020, Anu pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to mid-range drink driving after recording a blood alcohol reading of 0.109 after she was pulled over by police in Rockhampton on New Year's Eve. Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale fined Anu $650 and suspended her driver's license for three months.
- 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|
|2000||It's a Wiggly Wiggly World||Herself||The Wiggles video and album|
|2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Kali||Also lent voice to video game Enter the Matrix|
|2005||The Alice||Valerie||Episodes 1.11 and 1.13|
|2005||Blinky Bill's White Christmas|
|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|
|2017||Kiki and Kitty||Mum||5 episodes|
|2018-2020||Black Comedy||Herself||4 episodes|
|2020||The Masked Singer (Australia)||Goldfish||Contestant (10th Place)|
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
The ARIA Music Awards are a set of annual ceremonies presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of the music of Australia. They commenced in 1987.
|1994||Best Video||"Last Train"||Nominated|
|ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist – Single||Nominated|
|1995||ARIA Award for Best Indigenous Release||Stylin' Up||Won|
|ARIA Award for 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 (director Baz Luhrmann)||"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|
Australian Women in Music AwardsEdit
The Australian Women in Music Awards is an annual event that celebrates outstanding women in the Australian Music Industry who have made significant and lasting contributions in their chosen field. They commenced in 2018.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2019||Christine Anu||Diversity in Music Award||Won|
|Christine Anu||Artistic Excellence Award||Won|
The Deadly Awards, (commonly known simply as The Deadlys), was an annual celebration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community. They ran from 1996 to 2013.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|Deadly Awards 1996||"herself"||Female Artist of the Year||Won|
|Deadly Awards 1998||"herself"||Female Artist of the Year||Won|
|Deadly Awards 2000||"Sunshine on a Rainy Day"||Single of the Year||Won|
|Deadly Awards 2003||"herself"||Female Artist of the Year||Won|
|Deadly Awards 2004||"Talk About Love"||Single of the Year||Won|
Green Room AwardsEdit
|1999||Green Room Award for Best Female Actor in a Leading Roles (Music Theatre)||Rent||Won|
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