television: Keddie nurtures Offspring bond....................
NETWORK Ten’s successful drama Offspring has proved to be a highly rewarding experience for actress Asher Keddie.
The fourth series of Offspring, which returns this week, has so far provided Keddie with some notable firsts – the pinnacle being last month’s Gold Logie award for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV.
When Offspring returns, her character Nina is three months’ pregnant, with Keddie filming the series wearing a prosthetic belly.
She says there’s also the rare freedom of working closely with creators and producers Imogen Banks and John Edwards.
The creative duo like to solicit the thoughts of the cast members about the direction of the characters they portray, says Keddie.
She says Banks and Edwards will likely do it again when they start shooting the fifth season of Offspring later this year, and it’s given the cast a sense of ownership of the series.
‘‘Before we shoot the next series there will come a point where we have a discussion about whether the story lines are comfortable and challenging for us,’’ Keddie says.
‘‘This is a new experience for me, working closely with producers John and Imogen, and it’s to their credit they are flexible and generous in the way they run their projects.’’
And Offspring is not their only success. Banks and Edwards have been behind TV series Puberty Blues and Tangle and mini-series Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo.
Keddie says not only has the harmonious relationship between the cast and Banks and Edwards been behind the success of Offspring but so too has the trust instilled in them by Network Ten.
‘‘The network has wholeheartedly backed us and trusted the creative team and I am really proud of the show. This is my first experience of working so closely with a network,’’ Keddie says.
‘‘I have felt a lot of responsibility with Offspring but it’s a responsibility and challenge I really wanted.’’
Keddie says Offspring has widespread appeal because of the ‘‘honesty’’ in the storyline. She says viewers can deeply relate to the problems and situations facing each character and how each one of them deals with it.
‘‘When I took on this show I wanted it to be honest and relatable to as many people as possible,’’ she says.
‘‘We are consistently trying to deliver that truth and if it ends up being funny that’s fantastic and if not, then it will take on a different flavour and deliver a very compelling drama.’’
Offspring Season Four: Wednesdays, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.
– DARREN CARTWRIGHT
Asher Keddie as Nina Proudman in