In Looking for Alibrandi, Matthew Newton, playing John Barton, the gifted schoolboy who wins Josie Alibrandi's heart but dies young, showed his brilliance as an actor.

In pleading guilty to assaulting his former live-in partner Brooke Satchwell, Newton showed contrition and acceptance of fault for his offense. In appealing against his conviction and 12-month good behaviour bond, he exercised his right to have the sentence imposed by the Local Court revisited in the District Court.