HE’s the budding filmmaker and politician, serving a side of super-sized cheer to everyone he meets.
At just 18 years of age, Geordie Brown has already made waves in the film and political spheres – from starting his own production company at the tender age of 14, to wowing crowds as a panellist on ABC’s Q&A political program – but he’s always remained as humble as apple pie.
Geordie grew up in Tamworth, attending Timbumburi Public School until year four when he moved to Tamworth South Public School in the gifted and talented program to see out his primary years.
Geordie completed his secondary schooling at Oxley High School, graduating last year.
Growing up in the country music capital, Geordie was always interested in music, theatre and the arts.
“I’ve always been heavily involved in Tamworth Musical Society and played violin with the Conservatorium for 14 years,” Geordie said.
“I’ve also done a lot of debating and public speaking.
“I never felt like I was disadvantaged growing up in Tamworth, and if ever I thought I was, I’d do something about it.
“I established my own production company, G. Fletcher Cinema, when I was 14.
“I established it because a made a short film for Tropfest that was shortlisted in the top 21.”
Geordie moved to Sydney this year to study an undergraduate bachelor of screen production at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
He hopes to work in the Australian film industry when he graduates, and “hopefully later in life get into politics”.
And he’s already got runs on the board on both fronts.
In November last year, Geordie was one of six panellists selected to front ABC’s Q&A High School Special 2.0 program, alongside Education Minister Simon Birmingham and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek.
The program covered everything from education to same-sex marriage, with panellists responding to questions from a live audience.
Geordie landed the gig as the only regional guest after submitting an audition video to appear on the show.
While Geordie is relishing his tertiary education, there are some things he misses about Tamworth.
"I miss the small country aspect, and the fact that we are a close community,” he said.
Now if you don’t recognise Geordie by now, you might know him as the cheery drive-through voice at McDonald’s East Tamworth.
He worked there foe more than four years, before getting a transfer within the company to Sydney.
“I started working for the experience, and it was a very eye-opening position to meet people from all walks of life,” Geordie said.
“A lot of people in their day-to-day lives don’t get to see much cheer, so it was my job to to make them laugh and bring them some cheer.”