Fly­ing brides and emu dances

Life & Style Weekend - - TREND - with Holly Byrnes

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.

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