Flying brides and emu dances
FROM a bride ziplining into her wedding from the sails of Sydney’s famed Opera House, to a Steve Irwin-esque flight attendant, The Bold And The Beautiful will broadcast a hilarious – if fictional – postcard of Australia, in special anniversary episodes to air on Ten next week.
The US soap – celebrating 30 years on television – played to all the international stereotypes of Australia during the nine episodes, filmed in Sydney earlier this year.
Bold fans looking to come Down Under for a destination wedding might be disappointed to know they can’t make the same airborne entrance as actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, whose character Steffy Forrester used CGI technology to fly into her Government House wedding to on-screen love, Liam Spencer (actor Scott Clifton).
The spectacular stunt is an idea ripped off from Hugh Jackman, who used a flying fox highwire to soar on to the stage of The Oprah Winfrey Show when it filmed at the Opera House in 2010 (famously crashing, cutting open his eye and halting production).
In other cultural appropriation, Sydney hotel suites recreated back in the show’s LA studios are decorated with didgeridoos; while long-time Bold favourites Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) dance like emus during scenes filmed on Manly’s Shelly Beach.
Ashleigh Brewer, the only Australian in the cast, welcomes the cast to Sydney as they walk around the Opera House, with character Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) asking to buy the landmark.
Brewer, who plays Ivy Forrester, replies: “It’s not for sale, not even for you ‘Dollar’ Bill.”
In another cringe-worthy scene, Eric Forrester, played by veteran John McCook for 30 years, stares at his much younger wife Quinn (Rena Sofer) as he remarks: “Stunning architecture ... and the Opera House is good too.”
While Qantas gets great mileage for its first-class cabin service, after flying the cast and crew to Australia, another character – rival fashion designer Sally Spectra – takes a fictional Discount Airways to Sydney, and is served by a bogan-sounding hostie.
Channel 10 personalities Ita Buttrose, Amanda Keller and Matt Preston all make cameos, while Studio 10’s roving reporter David ‘Robbo’ Robertson has a guest role as Reverend Harris, who marries Steffy and Liam.
The special episodes will air from Friday on Ten.
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in a scene from an episode of The Bold and the Beautiful filmed in Sydney.