Saskia Post

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Saskia Post
Saskia Steenkamer

(1961-01-01)1 January 1961
Died16 March 2020(2020-03-16) (aged 59)
Years active1982–2020

Saskia Post (1 January 1961 – 16 March 2020) was American-born Australian actress.[1] She is best known for her leading role in the 1986 movie, Dogs in Space, with Michael Hutchence.[1]

Post also acted in the 1985 AFI Award winning movie, Bliss and in the 1991 movie Proof.[1] It was chosen as "Best Film" at the 1991 AFI Awards.

Early life and education[change | change source]

Saskia Post was born in Martinez, California in 1961. Her family moved to Australia in 1975. In high school she studied acting and singing. After graduation, she spent a year attending acting workshops and dance classes in Sydney. Saskia then studied drama and arts at the University of New South Wales but dropped out after one year. She took acting classes at The Drama School in 1981.

Career[change | change source]

Post got her first television role in 1982. She played Julianna Sleven, a Dutch refugee, in The Sullivans.[2] The program was an Australian drama television series about a middle-class Melbourne family and the effect World War II had on their lives.[3] Post moved to Melbourne to work on the series for twelve months before leaving in 1984. That same year she had a role in the movie One Night Stand,[2] as Eva, a bank teller from the Czech Republic.[4]

In 1985, Post appeared in the AFI Award winning movie Bliss, as Honey Barbara's daughter.[2]

Post had a leading role in the 1986 movie Dogs in Space, directed by Richard Lowenstein.[2] The movie is about a group of young musicians and music fans sharing a house in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. Post plays Anna, the girlfriend of Sam (Michael Hutchence).[5] Anna dies of a heroin overdose after trying the drug for a second time.[6]

Post has also acted in many stage performances in Melbourne. These include Endgrain, Train to Transcience, Could I Have this Dance?, In Angel Gear, Figures in Glass, Skin and Vincent in Brixton.

Death[change | change source]

Post died of cardiac arrest at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne on 16 March 2020, aged 59.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Benedictus, Luke (23 October 2005). "The lost Post". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Caputo, Juan (July 2009). "Interview with Richard Lowenstein". Senses of Cinema. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  3. Morris, Jill (18 February 1982). "Sullivans import problem solvers". The Age. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  4. Mitchell, Charles P. (2001). A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 175. ISBN 9780313315275.
  5. "INXS' Hutchence in Screen Debut". The Canberra Times. ACT: National Library of Australia. 27 November 1986. p. 4 Supplement: The Good Times. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  6. "The Aussie Film Database Dogs in Space". Australian Cinema Unit at Murdoch University. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  7. "'Dogs In Space' Star Passes Away". The Music. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.

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