The Sons and Daughters Interviews
Presented by Tom Richards
Features interviews with Pat the Rat and other
stars from the popular Australian television series Sons
Presented by Tom Richards, who played David
Tom takes us to different locations the show
used in Sydney and Melbourne and explains why Sons and
Daughters was so successful. Also includes interviews
with English fans.
Running time approx 60 minutes.
Price for DVD (PAL): Aus$30 plus postage and
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Review by Graham, the owner of this website
This DVD is a fascinating release. Several years in the making
- it's clear that filming began in 2001 (as demonstrated by a
reference to filming on Sons and Daughters having finished
fourteen years earlier (in 1987)), but with the shots used of
this website having been recorded in 2007 - Tom Richards presents
an hour-long documentary which features several former members
of the cast, fan input from Australia and the UK (including a
just-about-watchable couple of appearances from myself!) and a
look at a number of the locations used in the series.
If one is to look back at Sons and Daughters through
the eyes of its stars, it is essential that those stars include
the show's most popular characters - and fortunately there's no
disappointment on that front. Rowena Wallace (Patricia Hamilton/Morrell/Palmer)
is given ample screen-time, as is her 'alter ego', Belinda Giblin
(Alison Carr), who reflects on the challenge of taking over playing
such a popular character at Patricia. We also get to hear from
Ian Rawlings (Wayne Hamilton), who explains exactly how nervous
he was on his first day of filming and reveals how he almost came
to be axed after just three months.
The interviews with former cast members continue with Leila Hayes
(Beryl Palmer/Hamilton), Stephen Comey (Kevin Palmer), Ken James
(Mike O'Brien), Rona Coleman (Heather O'Brien), Danny Roberts
(Andy Green), Sarah Kemp (Charlie Bartlett) and Judy Nunn (Irene
Fisher). Each talks about how they came to land their role in
Sons and Daughters and relates anecdotes about their
time in the series. Rona Coleman's story about the burning-down
of the O'Briens' house is particularly amusing! We also get to
find out what the stars have been doing in the years since they
left Sons and Daughters - and Rowena Wallace makes some
particularly interesting comments about her return to the series
in 1987 as Pamela Hudson. Between these interviews, Tom Richards
tells us his own stories about his time in the show and explains
why he left in 1986.
As well as the former stars, Tom talks to Bevan Lee, who wrote
numerous episodes and worked as script editor on the series. Lee
explains how he came up with the 1982 and 1983 season finales.
There's also an interview with regular Director, Russell Webb.
And then there are the fan comments! These were filmed almost
exactly six years ago, in October 2001: Tom met Australian fan,
Danielle, at her home where, in the DVD she talks about why she
created her web tribute to Rowena Wallace and about how Sons
and Daughters led to marriage for her; and myself, Ian (now
of thesoapshow.com) and
another fan, Pat, in St. James's Park, London, and you can see
me explain about my creation of this website and Ian and Pat talk
about why they were such fans of Sons and Daughters.
I remember being very flattered back in 2001 when Tom told me
that this website was his inspiration for putting together the
documentary - and he reiterates this fact on the DVD.
In terms of content, I can't fault this disc: it's great to see
the former stars of Sons and Daughters reminiscing -
and it's astonishing to see how little some of them have changed
since the late-80s! The only minor letdowns - and I stress that
these are minor - are that the sound is inconsistent,
meaning I had to keep adjusting the volume; and some of the editing
is not all that smooth in places. And as a pedant of English grammar
and spelling, I was slightly annoyed by the lack of care on the
opening copyright captions, where there are some misspellings;
and on the back of the DVD cover, Bevan Lee is referred to as
'Scrpit (sic) Editor' - a silly mistake that could easily
have been avoided with a little more care.
But those are only minor grumbles and certainly won't affect
your enjoyment of this DVD if you buy it - and I do recommend
that you buy it! Overall, I'd give it a rating of 4½ out
15 September 2007