Jack­son goes to Rio in minis­eries

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

For­mer Kar­ratha lo­cal, Joel Jack­son, starred in the first in­stal­ment of Chan­nel 7’s much an­tic­i­pated two-part minis­eries, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, on Sun­day evening.

Not The Boy Next Door tells the roller­coaster story of Aus­tralian en­ter­tainer, Peter Allen, who went from be­ing a child­hood per­former in coun­try NSW to a Grammy and Academy Award-win­ning song­writer and the toast of Broad­way.

Allen was best known for his sig­na­ture song I Go To Rio, the unof­fi­cial Aussie an­them I Still Call Aus­tralia Home and Ten­ter­field Sad­dler, a mov­ing trib­ute to his grand­fa­ther Ge­orge Wool­nough.

Jack­son’s ap­pear­ance as Peter Allen comes off the back of his suc­cess in the Fox­tel se­ries Dead­line Gal­lipoli.

He said although Allen’s mu­sic was rel­a­tively new to him, he found the char­ac­ter a re­lat­able one to play on the small screen.

“I knew about his life and some of his tri­als and tribu­la­tions, but I had never re­ally heard his cat­a­logue of mu­sic be­fore,” he said.

“He came from a fam­ily in a small town, just like Kar­ratha, where it was a chal­lenge for him to find him­self and do the things he wanted to do.

“That was one of the things that made it an easy role to play, un­der­stand­ing what it’s like to have that hunger to get to a point in your ca­reer when you can stand back and be proud of how far you’ve come and ev­ery­thing you’ve achieved.”

Jack­son said the minis­eries pro­vided a new twist on pre­vi­ous stage pro­duc­tions based on Peter Allen’s life, played by Broad­way stars like Todd McKenny and Hugh Jack­man.

“We have fo­cused on the im­pact of Peter’s re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther and mother and have high­lighted the im­por­tant women in his life,” he said.

“In com­par­i­son to the mu­si­cal we cap­ture some quiet mo­ments of his life away from the stage and away from the lime­light.

“We have cap­tured who he was as a per­son and as a man.”

Jack­son said it was a priv­i­lege to star along­side some of Aus­tralia’s big­gest names in tele­vi­sion such as Re­becca Gib­ney, Sara West, Si­grid Thorn­ton and Nick Far­nell

“It was like shar­ing a sev­en­week master class,” he said.

“It was such a bless­ing to work along­side these big names and watch and learn from them along the way.

“It has been a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The sec­ond in­stal­ment of Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door will pre­miere on Sun­day Septem­ber 20, at 8.30pm on Seven.

Pic­ture: Chan­nel 7

Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door stars for­mer Kar­ratha lo­cal Joel Jack­son as Peter Allen.

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