BAY BOYS GO BUSH
HOME and Away’s newest River Boy, George Mason, had barely settled into life at Summer Bay before he was whisked off to shoot in the Outback.
In episodes airing this week on the soap, Mason’s Ash heads to the rural town of White Cliffs in search of his sister, with Steve Peacocke’s Brax joining him for the ride.
White Cliffs is a small opal mining town in far north-western NSW about 255km north-east of Broken Hill.
For New Zealand-born Mason, the red dust and sweeping land and skies were a taste of “real Australia”.
“You join Home and Away and you think ‘beach’,” says Mason, a surfer since he was a child.
“Next thing we’re at White Cliffs. We flew to Broken Hill, but other cast and crew drove the whole way – something like 13 hours – then drove in a 4WD on a dirt track. There were kangaroos everywhere and roadkill … every car had bull bars on it. It was awesome.
“White Cliffs has a population of 103 – we got to know everyone on a personal basis in a week there … There’s some really great characters down at the pub – most nights they’d be chewing our ear off. They were awesome and loved having us there.”
It’s Mason’s first major storyline since joining the show, and he said it was a valuable exercise in settling into his character and his dynamic with Peacocke’s Brax, and well as forming a mateship with Peacocke off screen.
“It was great to go away and spend time with Steve in a different environment and settle in with the whole cast and crew,” he says. “It felt we were away shooting a feature film.”
HOME AND AWAY’S WHITE CLIFFS EPISODE
THURSDAY, 7PM, SEVEN
By Debbie Schipp
Ash (George Mason) and Brax (Steve Peacocke) in White Cliffs.