I am officially uncool.
I had never heard of The Stafford Brothers prior to the publicity material and Foxtel preview disk landing on my desk. Note to self: You are well and truly out of the loop.
Chris and Matt Stafford are two Gold Coast-based DJs who have hit the big time, touring nightclubs in Australia and overseas.
Now they are starring in their own six part Reality series for FOX8 as they mix work and play before a glamorous backdrop. The series tagline is “What happens on tour, no longer stays on tour.”
Not knowing anything about these two boys, I watched the first episode from a clean slate.
The opening sequence introduces us, briefly, to the cast: Matt (pictured, left) and Chris (pictured, right) Joey their outspoken manager, Brooke the Zoo cover girlfriend of Matt, plus Mum Trish and Dad John.
The series promises to take us on a dizzying tour as the boys play Spain, Greece, Ireland, the UK and the US. Sun, sex, loud music…. Ibiza -you are in for a dose of the Aussies with cameras, mum, dad and partying girlfriend.
Matt and Chris look like they have it all. They are young, handsome, buff and talented. At a relatively young age they are already living it up in a swanky Gold Coast apartment, with sexy girlfriend (or girlfriends), adoring fans, proud parents, and a career that sees them doing what they love.
But before they embark on their tour drama hits -sort of. Well, mother Trish first has to attend a funeral for her mother in New Zealand. The boys shed a tear as they remember their grandmother. It’s a curiously low point to start the storytelling, but it is presumably showing us a soft side to the party boys.
When they eventually head off, entourage Trish and John are also taking off on their first visit to Europe. They could make good fish-out-of water value.
Manager Joey (who clearly has some Latin blood in him) isn’t afraid to speak his mind. He is protective of his property but unafraid to let rip.
“I’m never gonna blow you up before a performance because it’s going to throw you but it doesn’t mean I won’t chew you a new a*sehole when it’s all over,” he tells the boys.
And then there is blonde, buxom Brooke, who is rapt to be with her man on tour. This cover girl talks a lot but unlike Jessica Simpson it’s not especially endearing. At least Jessica Simpson had a proven track record. On screen Brooke serves the role of annoying girlfriend who borders on cashed-up bogan.
But the real problem with The Stafford Brothers lays in the storytelling. The opening episode lacks enough drama to sustain its thirty minutes. Nor is there any humour, both of which may have been delivered with more camera time to supporting players. A few sunny beach shots, partying girl and boys may make for an escapist backdrop, but more so for participant than observer.
The Stafford Brothers is produced by Wes Dening, one time Big Brother participant who has done well as a presenter on Totally Wild and TEN News. The Big Brother house would have been a great training ground for the machinations of Reality TV and watching how constructs by Producers elicit heightened reactions to propel Story. Hopefully there will be more evidence of this as the series unfolds.
The Stafford Brothers seem like nice guys, which is a good place for any television show to start. And they are clearly good at what they do. The question now is whether that’s enough to warrant their own Reality series.
At least I know who they are now. Note to self: You’re now a little bit more in the loop than you were before.
The Stafford Brothers premieres 8:35pm Friday January 21st on FOX8.