Lay­ing down the LAW

The Fam­ily Law cre­ator Ben­jamin Law says hav­ing fam­ily mem­bers play cameos in sea­son two of his hit SBS dram­edy is sur­real, re­ports SHAN­NON MOL­LOY

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - GARDENING -

STAND­ING on the set of his fic­tional fa­ther’s Asian gro­cery store, watch­ing his real dad play a cameo in a scene ripped straight from the pages of his life story re­mains a sur­real mo­ment for The Fam­ily Law cre­ator Ben­jamin Law.

With his par­ents and sib­lings again mak­ing guest ap­pear­ances in sea­son two of the wildly suc­cess­ful SBS dram­edy, Law still mar­vels at the en­dur­ing sup­port he’s re­ceived from his fam­ily, de­spite tak­ing their dys­func­tion and writ­ing it large for the small screen.

His best-sell­ing 2010 mem­oir of the same name had pre­pared them for a pub­lic pants­ing, but the TV adap­ta­tion still hit an emo­tional mark, Law says.

“I wrote the book and the show as a quasi love let­ter to my fam­ily but that doesn’t mean they’ll al­ways see it that way,” he says.

“You can’t an­tic­i­pate how peo­ple are go­ing to re­act … but what is re­ally good about my fam­ily is they are re­ally sup­port­ive of my work and ev­ery­one was on board.”

While the first sea­son fol­lowed the true story of his par­ents’ painful split, new episodes ex­plore the com­pli­ca­tions of co-par­ent­ing and the im­pact it can have on kids – whose loy­alty can feel torn be­tween ac­ri­mo­nious adults.

View­ers know the lead char­ac­ter of teenage Ben­jamin, based on the now openly gay Law, “is a gay child and will be a gay adult,” he says, but it’s not made a ma­jor plot point, yet.

THE FAM­ILY LAW THURS­DAY, 8.35PM, SBS

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