LaPaglia’s migrant tale
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).