In a surprising coda to the tale of the Paper Giants defamation case, Ita Buttrose claims she told producers about inaccuracies in the storyline during production.
Buttrose’s first husband Alasdair Macdonald sued the ABC for defamation after objecting to his portrayal and storylines.
The case was eventually settled out of court.
Ita Buttrose, who was also a consultant on the series, now tells media & marketing website Mumbrella that the script went through many hands and “everyone seems to have a little say in it.”
“I told them it was incorrect before the show ever went to air ……I couldn’t persuade them to change it.”
In her new book A Passionate Life she wrote:
“Overall I was pleased and thought it captured well the spirit of the seventies, but I was always concerned that the drama was a mixture of real people being portrayed as themselves with experiences that actually happened plus ones that didn’t, being portrayed as fact rather than fiction.
“This turned out to be particularly true in the way my first husband was depicted. I was upset about this and sent Southern Star producer John Edwards an email on 6 March 2011 – before the show went to air – about my concerns.
“I also relayed them to scriptwriter Christopher Lee, who was sympathetic but told me ‘you win some you lose some, Ita”.