Want to be a stunt coordinator for film and TV? Philli Anderson says: there’s no average week

Philli Anderson was Australia’s first female stunt coordinator and one of the few female stunt people working in Australia. Here’s what she has to say about her job.

Stunt coordinator Philli Anderson has worked with such actors as Dame Helen Mirren, Asher Keddie, Teresa Palmer and Noomi Rapace, among others, as a stunt double. While the UK-born specialist started her career as a gymnast (not to mention a period on the British Freerunning team), she turned to the performing arts before moving to Australia and establishing her career in the stunt industry.

With a kit of skills including acrobatics, marital arts and aerials, combined with theatre skills, she has worked on screen and television, from blockbuster movies such as Harry Potter, Clickbait (2021), Ride Like A Girl (2019) and Fast and Furious 9 (2021) – where she was lead stunt coordinator – to advertising campaigns for Adidas and Reebok, and live performances for the English National Opera.  

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina