They gathered at The Tea Room at the Queen Victoria Building.
In attendance were (top L to R) Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, David Berry, Abby Earl and Aldo Mignone plus stars Noni Hazlehurst, Frankie J. Holden and (below L to R) Craig Hall, Marta Dusseldorp and Brett Climo.
Seven was represented by Chairman Kerry Stokes, Head of Production Brad Lyons, Head of Programming Angus Ross, Drama Execs John Holmes and creator Bevan Lee.
Lee said he developed the idea after completing his “domestic trilogy” of Always Greener, Packed to the Rafters and Winners and Losers.
“I went to the past because I wanted to go to a time that was relevant to now. I think what’s relevant is that in the 60 years between 1953 and now is that we’ve lost things and we’ve gained things.
“And whatever story we tell, let me tell you this, the story is nothing if not a ripping yarn. It rattles along.
“What we have lost is a sense of community and empathy and joining together in this age of absolute narcissism, and what we have gained in the loss of some of the prejudices and attitudes towards some of the outsiders that were there, that we now do not have.”
“Australian television has become too much the examination, I think, of navel lint. Story has somehow become a dirty word.”
“The thing that I am most proudest of with this show…. is it tells story in spades.”
A Place to Call Home is coming soon to Seven.