Ian plans a show for some young sons and daughters
Original Sons and Daughters cast member Ian Rawlings
has big TV plans once the long-running local series ends production
The popular and affable star, who moved from modelling to acting
at the Seven Network show's inception to take on the role of
bratty Wayne Hamilton, has formed his own company, Lauren Lee
And, after recently completing the demanding producers' course
at the Australian Film and Television School, Ian intends having
his first venture, a children's TV series, which he has also
written, in production by mid-1987.
"Hopefully I'll be ready to put the final draft on somebody's
desk around January or February. If I can do that, and I get
the go ahead and it's given the green light, it will be June
or July when we begin production," he says.
Ian is reluctant to give away too many details of the as-yet-untitled
project other than that the show will be a "children's,
"I'm writing the pilot for it now and I'd like to see
it go into an ongoing series," he adds.
On many occasions during his time with Sons and Daughters,
Ian, 27, said he wanted to experience showbusiness on the other
side of the camera - as a director and a producer.
"It's finally coming to fruition," he says of his
TV plans. "And I'd be silly to make a film as my first
thing because I don't know that side of the business. I know
So will Ian be taking on a role in his own production?
"I doubt it," he replies quickly, before slowly adding:
"Mmmm, maybe a little bit-part..."
Should Ian's series get the go-ahead, it will mark his debut
as a producer, director and writer. And, as anyone who has tried
will confess, churning out a television script, like anything,
is no easy task.
"I love writing but my biggest problem is discipline,"
he admits. "I'll start writing and write furiously for,
say, three hours, and then I'll stop and I might not pick it
up again for a week. It's really hard.
"And there are so many distractions - a phone call or
someone dropping in, little things like that stuff you up for
20 minutes each time. Even cups of coffee! But once I get going
I'm okay, and I do love it."
Ian is philosophical that Sons and Daughters is coming
to an end.
"It's five years old now. We've had a bloody good run.
Most people thought it wasn't going to run for more than 13
weeks," he says. "I've really enjoyed it."
Now Ian is set to move into the next phase of his career with
his new production outfit.
His planned children's TV series will bear the names of his
beautiful wife, Lee, and his pretty stepdaughter, Lauren.
Both will be by his side on the new venture - Lauren, who's
now nearly 10, will, after all, be Ian's immediate contact with
younger viewers, while Lee, a former top model, will be more
involved in the daily running of the company.
"Lee will be very involved with the company eventually,"
says Ian proudly.
Realising that times are tough in television circles right
now, Ian still remains positive.
"The economy's in such a mess. People are cutting back,
not expanding. But hopefully I'll be able to put my idea on
someone's desk and say: 'Well, what do you think of that?' and
they'll say: "'We want this'."
By: Stephen Cook
Source: TV Week
Date: 20 December 1986