McCle­ments’ faith in Falls

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page - STEPHEN DOWNEY

NOT ev­ery act­ing job is a jewel, but when Catherine McCle­ments read the script for Chan­nel 10’s tele­movie Emer­ald Falls, set in the rugged Blue Moun­tains, she de­cided to take a leap of faith.

Which, as it turns out, fit­ted the mood of the tele­movie, with McCle­ments play­ing Angli­can min­is­ter Ros­alie.

It’s an in­ter­est­ing re­turn to TV for McCle­ments, whose last big project was the short-lived Ten drama CrashBurn. Yet to many she is still best known as Rachel Gold­stein from the hit Nine drama, Wa­ter Rats.

Emer­ald Falls, she stresses, is a world away from that show.

‘‘I re­ally like the gen­tle­ness of the piece. It is quite warm- hearted,’’ she says.

The tele­movie, which screens on Sun­day, was filmed in the bush sur­rounds of the Blue Moun­tains.

The story re­volves around kinder­garten teacher and sin­gle mother Joni Fer­gu­son (Ge­orgie Parker) who de­cides, much to the dis­plea­sure of ex-hus­band Paul (Rhys Mul­doon) to make a ‘‘tree change’’, buy­ing a derelict bed and break­fast in the moun­tains.

We fast-for­ward six months to find, as Joni’s ex- hus­band pre­dicted, the B&B isn’t do­ing well. The plot then takes a twist when the lo­cal doc­tor and Joni’s friend, Henry Forbes (Andrew McFar­lane), sud­denly dies, with the po­lice sus­pect­ing foul play.

New di­rec­tion:

Catherine McCle­ments plays a min­is­ter.

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