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SEVEN’S NEW PERIOD DRAMA A PLACE TO CALL HOME GIVES MARTA DUSSELDORP HER DREAM ROLE
A PLACE TO CALL HOME Sunday, 8.30pm, Seven
MARTA Dusseldorp says that playing Sarah Adams in A Place To Call Home is her dream role. To most mothers out there, what will come as a surprise is she equates some of the scenes she had to act out for the show as painful emotionally as giving birth.
‘‘I have given birth twice naturally, (she has two daughters – Grace, six and three-year-old Maggie) and you go to the dark side of life and death and you feel like it’s a razor’s edge. I think that is what I was trying to call on. But Sarah doesn’t let things get to her,’’ Dusseldorp (pictured) says.
‘‘When I was faced with that amount of pain I remember this animal scream that came out of me but Sarah can’t do that. She internalises and steels other things in her life. In that moment she knows what has to be done.’’
A Place To Call Home is Seven’s home-grown period drama offering, lavishly shot with an attention to detail. The cast is a roll-call of some of Australia’s most highly regarded actors including Noni Hazlehurst in the role of Bligh family matriarch Elizabeth and Brett Climo as her son George.
Written by Rafters creator Bevan Lee, it follows the story of nurse Sarah Adams, who returns to Australia from the UK after working overseas through the war.
‘‘I think sometimes you meet a role at the right time in your life’’
With secrets to hide, she is shunned by her mother when she arrives for a reunion in Sydney, and instead seeks out the help of the Bligh family to start afresh, whom she met while sailing back from London.
But as the show continues it seems she is not the only one with a hidden side.
Up and coming acting talents Abby Earl, who stars as the wayward Anna Bligh, and Aldo Mignone, who plays the part of her lover Gino Poletti, are trying to keep their romance secret across the social divide.
Meanwhile James Bligh, acted by another bright unknown, David Berry, is struggling with his role as a husband to wife Olivia, who is played by rising actor Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood. She is also in torment over issues within her marriage.
For Dusseldorp, the role of Adams came along at the perfect moment.
‘‘I think sometimes you meet a role at the right time in your life. Having been doing this for 25 years now, I felt when I picked up the script and started reading Sarah that everything I am interested in was piqued,’’ she said.
‘‘Her restraint and silence – she is very intelligent and passionate and very good at what she does. There was this serendipity. We are of a similar age and I thought there was a bit of a meeting place and bit of a crossroads.’’
She says the fact it is a period drama, set in the 1950s, really helped with getting in to character.