Vale Vince Gil

unpublished obituary, 2022

What is Vince Gil? Think Cate Blanchett, re-sexed, unliteralized, non-staged, not-swooning, and compressed into the true grit of all stagecraft: the ‘character actor’. Vince Gil always was such a beast. Selfless yet overwhelming; minor yet magnetic. The character actor is dramatic energy pulped into human form. Vince’s snarl, his stare, his breath, his swivelling hips. He throbbed acting. If you call it ‘camp’, I call you a dickhead.

Text © Philip Brophy. Image © Dumb Films.