The Australian Miniseries
shot on the Great Barrier Reef


Paul as "Andrew"



Crawfords Australia



It was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime. But the passengers who boarded a magnificent sailing boat for an island-hopping tour of the South Pacific soon found otherwise. They were on a voyage into hell.

Crawford Productions, in association with the Seven Network and Paramount Pictures proudly present TRIBE, a four hour miniseries of action, adventure, betrayal and romance.



Paul Leyden makes his professional acting debut in TRIBE.

The 25 year old was just two weeks from completing his studies at Australia's prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), when he auditioned for a role in TRIBE, doing so more for the experience than with any real expectation of landing work.

Paul was soon called back to read for Andrew and, just two weeks after graduating with the NIDA Class of '98, he was on a beach in North Queensland, rubbing shoulders with actors whose work he had watched and admired for years.

"It was a bit of a spin out actually," says Paul, of his first few days on set.

"I'd sit there and try to be fine with it but then I'd go back to my room and pinch myself!"

Paul decided to try his luck in the world of show business after first establishing himself an alternate - and completely different - career. Having completed a Bachelor of Economics, Paul first worked in corporate recoveries at the chartered accounting firm Price Waterhouse for two years. While at Price Waterhouse he had been attending acting workshops, had written scripts and stories and had produced a play staged as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. He soon decided to pack up the suit and tie and pursue his true passion. When accepted into NIDA, Paul moved from hometown Melbourne to Sydney, where he is now based.

Paul, who is also an accomplished saxaphonist and guitarist, loves the emotional moodswings he has to go through as TRIBE's Andrew.

Andrew, who is a newly wed, good-hearted country boy, finds his life shattered by the pirates' ambush. As the drama unfolds, he has to cope with the death of a loved one and the eventual prospect of a new passion.

"Andrew is a really good character," says Paul.

"He has huge highs and lows. I mapped out his emotional journey in my preparation and it was all peaks and troughs on the graph. He goes through major lifetime turning points."

But it isn't all tears and trauma for Andrew, who has his share of hunting and fighting in the script.

"That's the good thing about TRIBE. It goes from emotional one minute to an action movie the next. It doesn't get much better than that."