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Multi-talented actress Karen Mitchell stars in 5 new films
2016 has a busy year for Australian actress Karen Mitchell, who stars in the upcoming films "Broken Spirits," "Awake for a Moment," "If I were You," "Just One More Day" and "The Margin of Things."
While the world is home to many a starry-eyed actor who dreams of making it big, we often hear more tales of struggle than success; but that has not been the case for Australian actress Karen Mitchell.

Many performers spend their days going on audition after audition just trying to land a role to the pay bills and form the connections necessary to make a go of it, Mitchell however, who has become well-known for her work on an international scale, is often called in for roles on the basis of her reputation.

"I am very lucky to have worked with such a high caliber group of people, and that I am asked to participate instead of having to audition like in the early days," says Mitchell.

She recently wrapped production on "Broken Spirits," "Awake for a Moment," "If I were You," "Just One More Day" and "The Margin of Things," five upcoming films that are expected to be released over the next few months.

One of the unique aspects of Karen Mitchell's talent, and something that has been invaluable in setting her apart from other performers, is the diverse nature of her craft coupled with the astonishing adaptability of her look. This is plainly evident in the five films she recently shot, as the characters she plays in each one is unequivocally different from the others.

In Peter Bohush's ("The Key," "Geezers") action-packed sci-fi film "Broken Spirits," which follows four unassuming young people who find their way into another dimension where they are forced into a fight for survival, Mitchell takes on a leading role as the gatekeeper of the portal, a devious and mal-intentioned spirit whose survival depends on the death of the others.

In Liz Cooper's dramatic feature "Awake for a Moment," the lives of four very different characters intersect at a hospital, with Mitchell taking on the critical role of the head nurse, doling out due compassion to those in need and a hard to swallow cold shoulder to the ones in search of their next prescription fix.

"I'm really proud of 'Awake for a Moment' because it's like Australia's 'Crash' with interconnected and tragic storylines and amazing actors like Paul Dowson, who was in ABC's 'The Code'," says Mitchell about the upcoming film.

In Michele Konrad's romance drama "If I were You," Mitchell stars as Linda, a mother struggling to help her daughter maintain her sanity and keep on living after her boyfriend commits suicide. And while she takes on a similar starring role as a struggling mother named Alexa in Poonam Sahasrabuddhe "Just One More Day," the circumstances are altogether different.

In the film, Mitchell's character Alexa represents the obstacles those left behind face when their loved ones go off to war, the worries they experience over whether their loved one will ever return, and the often overwhelming tasks they must tackle in order to continue living in the face of it all. Throughout the story Mitchell vacillates between an outwardly strong working mother who keeps her priorities centered on giving her son the best life possible and being a support system to friends who are facing similar issues, to that of a vulnerably exposed wife who worries about how she will survive upon the death her husband.

Out of all the five films though, the one that is probably her most unique role and definitely new territory for the actress, is that of Tina in the comedy crime feature "The Margin of Things" from director Andrew Bennett ("Burn"). In the film Mitchell stars opposite Dominic McDonald from the hit series "Neighbours," as a ruthless crime boss, who adds incredible comedy elements to the story.

When a naive blue collar worker finds himself indebted to Tina's crime family, they involve him in a tricky proposition to repay his debt. Having no choice but to go through with their plan, audiences will have to watch the film to see if he makes it out alive and unscathed.

Originally from Melbourne, Mitchell has made quite a splash at home in the Australian entertainment industry over the past decade, and it comes as no surprise that she is now making her name known in the U.S. as well.

With five new films set for release, it's needless to say that Mitchell has been busy. Considering that she's being called for work at an incredible rate, it's only natural that the actress is sometimes forced to choose between projects, but having been in the business for many years now, she's developed a reliable deliberation process.

She explains, "Basically I go with my gut. If I have to choose between projects, I think about what I might get out of the role in the short term-- Would it be fun? Would I be challenged?-- and the long term-- Will this be something I'm proud of in 10 years?"

She uses a similar process when it comes to her work in commercials. As a featured actress in commercials for well-known brands such as Australia's Coles supermarkets and Commonwealth Bank, Dollars Direct, Chair Gym, Bio Physics, Eurobed and more, Mitchell says, "I always choose to work with companies who share similar values to my own so I like to think it makes people think that they know me on a personal level."

As an actress Karen Mitchell is the perfect example a performer who's attained a high level of success in the competitive world of entertainment without having to compromise her standards; and as fans eagerly await the release of her upcoming films, it's safe to bet that Mitchell will be attached to many more projects in the future.

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