LaPaglia’s mi­grant tale

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Aussie ac­tor An­thony LaPaglia says the “spec­tre of im­mi­gra­tion” hangs over new SBS drama, Sun­shine.

The thriller is set in a South Su­danese com­mu­nity in the Mel­bourne sub­urb of Sun­shine, and LaPaglia stars along­side sev­eral first-time ac­tors.

He says times are tougher than ever for im­mi­grants and refugees.

“This is the great­est mi­gra­tion of hu­man be­ings since World War II,” LaPaglia says.

“You have a new Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment now that’s xeno­pho­bic and racist. And I’m not just pick­ing on the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment.

“The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment needs to hang its head in shame about how it treats im­mi­grants try­ing to get into the coun­try.

“It’s very dis­ap­point­ing to me about Aus­tralia in par­tic­u­lar. This whole coun­try was born out of im­mi­gra­tion, my par­ents were im­mi­grants.”

Speak­ing on the first day of shoot­ing, LaPaglia says he is ex­cited at the prospect of work­ing with first-time ac­tors.

“I just thought this will be great. If I can help them in terms of per­for­mance as an ac­tor, I re­ally felt that would be a new, ex­cit­ing chal­lenge for me.

“We had a re­hearsal a cou­ple of days ago and I think I was right, these young men have great in­stincts and I’m ex­cited to work with them.”

LaPaglia co-stars with Melanie Lynskey ( Heav­enly Crea­tures) in the four-part crime thriller. The cast also in­cludes Kim Gyn­gell, Leah Van­den­berg, Vince Colosimo and Tiarnie Cou­p­land. The se­ries is be­ing made by Es­sen­tial Me­dia and Carver Films ( Rake, The Prin­ci­pal, Jack Ir­ish).

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