Cast on cloud nine
ANYONE who has a problem with the TV series Cloudstreet is invited to take their concerns straight to the top.
The three-part miniseries, based on Tim Winton’s acclaimed Australian novel, was adapted by a team of writers that included the author himself.
‘‘ So if you have a problem with the adaptation, maybe you should give him a call and ask him what he thinks about you not liking his adaptation of his book,’’ actor Todd Lasance said.
Lasance, who you might recognise as Aden from Home and Away, plays Quick Lamb in this and said it was as faithful to the original material as any adaptation could hope to be.
‘‘ The whole cast has read the book and we were blown away by this production, especially after seeing the finished result,’’ he said.
Cloudstreet is the story of two families in the 1940s and 1950s who have suffered separate catastrophes and move into the same house together – 1 Cloud St, Perth – to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives from scratch.
Lasance said the pressure of bringing one of Australia’s best-loved stories to life was not lost on any of the cast.
‘‘ The book is so rich, we were aware of how much of an epic following it has and we wanted to be true to it and do it justice,’’ he said.
‘‘ Having Tim Winton involved with writing the screenplay meant we could keep as much of that richness as possible and he loved coming on set.
‘‘ It did make me very nervous the first time he visited, though, because here I was about to play this character he spent years writing about, but he’s such a down-to-earth guy that all those nerves disappeared as soon as he shook my hand.’’
Filmed with an astonishing depth and warmth, Cloudstreet is visually gorgeous and boasts exceptional production values. The house was built in full scale on an old parking lot near Perth especially for the miniseries. Lasance said the attention to detail was amazing.
‘‘ I remember walking on set and seeing that house for first time. It was breathtaking, awe-inspiring; it was exactly how I envisaged it from the book,’’ he said.
‘‘ And it was perfect, right down to the dodgy repaired bits in the floor and they had even sprinkled grit and dead bugs inside the light fittings.’’
With an all-star Aussie cast including Stephen Curry, Geoff Morrell and Tasmania’s Essie Davis, the human drama is some of the best on Australian television in recent years.
‘‘ We knew we were filming something so beautiful that even in most intense moments, with producers on your back yelling instructions, there was still an element of calm because of what we were involved in,’’ Lasance said.
While only available to pay-TV subscribers, Cloudstreet is an Australian epic that simply has to be experienced: beautiful, haunting, intimate, touching and powerful.
POWERFUL EPIC: Todd Lasance and Emma Booth bring Cloudstreet to life.