Guy Davis

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who beats her at night be­cause he has weird night­mares, who yells in Ara­bic. That’s dra­matic, but it’s also very sus­pense­ful and a deeper ex­plo­ration of the fam­ily drama. I think one of the main dif­fer­ences is if you ask what the Is­raeli show was about, the an­swer would be the pris­on­ers of war, whereas in Home­land the an­swer would be it’s about Car­rie. You’re in­volved with both se­ries. What were some of the main is­sues in adapt­ing the Is­raeli se­ries to the Amer­i­can one?

It was fas­ci­nat­ing from the very be­gin­ning with our dis­cus­sions of how dif­fer­ent Amer­i­can and Is­raeli so­ci­eties are in our ap­proach to pris­on­ers of war. I’ve lived in the US for nine years. I have many friends here, all of them are very ed­u­cated, po­lit­i­cal and savvy. For some rea­son, none of them knows that there’s an Amer­i­can pris­oner of war right now who’s been with the Tal­iban for two and a half years. It’s just not a sub­ject dis­cussed on a na­tional level. Is­rael is such a tight com­mu­nity – when­ever some­thing hap­pens to a sol­dier we take it very per­son­ally. We wanted to tackle sub­jects (on Home­land) that are go­ing to be very rel­e­vant for an Amer­i­can au­di­ence – not be­ing able to trust your government af­ter the Iraq War, for in­stance, af­ter go­ing un­der what many peo­ple thought were false pre­tences into two wars. We knew that we wanted to tackle is­sues that rep­re­sent the zeit­geist of the coun­try.

8.30pm, SBS ONE.


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