A Place to Call Home (Australian TV 2013 – Present)

4 Kernels

Stars: Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo

To my downfall, I ordered Acorn Television subscription service on Amazon. I’m a junkie and this is a HUGE fix for me to jump into a world of the best of British, Australian, and New Zealand television on the planet. The Aussies are proving to be just as good as the Brits when it comes to television, and A Place to Call Home is a great example.

I recently devoured Season 1, 2, and 3. Season 3 only has three episodes posted on Acorn, but I’ve hit their Facebook page for further updates since the show is continuing to air.

Nevertheless, enter post-World War 2 in Australia, where people who have suffered its ravages have recovered as best they could. It’s the early 1950’s and life is relatively simple in a small town. The nearby big town is Sydney and is referred to as “the city.”

Sarah Adams (Marta Dusseldorp) is the focal point of the story line. She is a nurse returned home to see her mother and aunt. However, Sarah’s mother hates her for converting to Judaism to marry a Parisian Jewish man that she fell in loved with during pre-WW2. They lived in Paris, and when the Germans invaded, their lives turned into a virtual hell. Sarah, believing that her husband was killed during the war, attempts to rebuild her life in Australia. She is haunted, however, by her own suffering having been prisoner in Ravensbruck.

The other central point of the story is the Bligh family, who are the rich land and sheep owners of their district. They live in the big house, and the family is literally run by the matriarch mother, Elizabeth Bligh, a widow. Her son George, and grandchildren live at the estate. Elizabeth has one goal in life and that is to protect the family name whatever the cost. When an impending scandal threatens everything, she vainly attempts to fix everything and ends up alienating everyone.

The series is a multi-plot line of individual lives. The themes of class structure, homosexuality, anti-Semitism, and other issues are at the forefront. The major pain in the neck is Elizabeth Bligh. When you are about to slap the woman in the face, she finally finds an ounce of redemption. Then the writers bring in even a bigger pain in the neck, Regina, who you will absolutely loathe.

It’s another good series to get sucked into. I suppose you could call it the Dynasty-type series from down under.

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