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
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