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  1. frank68
    Mar 24 - 9:48 am

    The show is probably better for not having ABC involvement. Their notes on rough cuts and casting suggestions are generally a bit on the nose.

  2. Gonzo
    Mar 06 - 2:12 pm

    Right, so it was definitely co-pro money and not an acquisition? The fact it already had US and UK investment makes it sound like it was a prebuy that was dropped.

  3. David Knox
    Mar 05 - 3:52 pm

    It also has a Charter.

  4. shazz
    Mar 05 - 3:32 pm

    The ABC is massively underfunded, it does not have the cash to invest in original content that has no connection to Australia. Now if the ABC had a massive pot of gold lying around then it wouldn’t hurt.

  5. victor
    Mar 05 - 11:29 am

    I support the ABC’s position on this. This production was shot in New Zealand and is a New Zealand story. UKTV came in but it has claimed all its investment as part of its compulsory 10% drama spend on “Australian production” and this production rather dubiously qualifies. A bigger question is why Screen Australia invested in this production given its cultural charter. And an even bigger question is why New Zealand On Air, the NZ government’s subsidy agency did not. The whole production was driven by BBC2. Good on the ABC for only supporting productions which reflect Australia cultural life and sticking to its charter. Such a charter doesn’t prevent the ABC supporting a drama which shoots anywhere but if it has little cultural nexus to Australia then it shouldn’t be in it.

  6. Pertinax
    Mar 05 - 10:22 am

    @nicks
    Moss is a star and will generate interest and publicity. But there are numerous examples of American actors attempting Australian accents that have been dreadful and destroyed productions. It was a risk.

    Reportedly she did a great job and the show is great. But the ABC could not have known that at the time.

  7. Pertinax
    Mar 05 - 10:19 am

    As a fully unionised workplace the ABC obviously supports the MEAA policy that US actors should not be allowed to play Australian characters depriving Australian actors of jobs.

    At the time the MEAA was engaged in a battle gain control in the NZ film and TV industry and battle with Jackson who was refusing to bargain with them. The NZ Government has since retaliated by declaring all film staff as casual workers.

  8. David Knox
    Mar 05 - 9:26 am

    The Slap was set in Australia. Top of the Lake isn’t. Plus Sophie Okonedo’s character had Mauritian heritage I think.

  9. Gonzo
    Mar 05 - 9:07 am

    Typical ABC. No vision what so ever and just bloody hard to work with.

    From the press i’ve read, most producers who are worth their salt experience the same frustrations with the ABC.

  10. Proposition Joe
    Mar 05 - 7:39 am

    Bit hypocritical of the ABC, surely? They were more than happy to have a non- Australian actress (Sophie Okonedo – I may have misspelled that) play an Australian character in The Slap.

  11. nicks
    Mar 05 - 6:17 am

    The more you write about this project,the more anxious I am to see it.You might have figured Abc would have regarded Moss’s inclusion as a huge plus..she is an actress who,at least in Mad men,is just hard to take your eyes off .

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