ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - News - Sar­rah

Judg­ing from the heated com­men­tary that sur­rounds cer­tain events, the world is di­vided into two camps: par­ents v. non­par­ents. Whether it’s jet-lagged pas­sen­gers bick­er­ing on a plane be­cause of a cry­ing baby or a restau­rant pa­tron com­plain­ing about their ex­pen­sive din­ner be­ing dis­turbed by a tod­dler at the next ta­ble who is up well past their bed­time, we hear a lot about those who breed be­ing pit­ted against those who don’t. But is it re­ally that sim­ple? This week’s in­ter­view with Steve Martin – who didn’t be­come a fa­ther un­til 67 – sparked much rem­i­nisc­ing in the Stel­lar of­fice about the 1989 film Par­ent­hood, with ev­ery­one ex­press­ing an affin­ity for the uni­ver­sal sub­ject of the ti­tle ir­re­spec­tive of their own re­pro­duc­tive sta­tus. Whether it’s a newly sep­a­rated Naomi Watts speak­ing of her hopes for her two young sons or fa­ther-of-three David Camp­bell’s un­ex­pect­edly tear-jerk­ing let­ter to the tooth fairy, some sto­ries tran­scend par­ent­hood and prove the love and frus­tra­tion of fam­i­lies is the stuff of life – whether you’re a par­ent or not.

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