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Neighbours fosters storylines that care


DEBORRA-LEE Furness has praised Neighbours for allowing her to direct a powerful adoption and foster care storyline.

The founder and patron of Adopt Change, she worked with actors Matt Wilson and Takaya Honda and their characters’ foster child, Emmett, played by Ezra Justin, pictured.

Deborra-lee was recently in Melbourne with husband Hugh Jackman and their children. “By telling this story through characters that are known and loved by millions really brings the message home as to what it’s like to navigate this world,’’ she says.

“Kudos to Neighbours for shining a light on so many important issues and championin­g the stories of outliers and minorities in our communitie­s.”

Takaya says it was great to work with Deborra-lee, saying she “deeply cares for the cause the storyline is built around, foster care”.

“Deb really pushed us to draw every moment out of the script and establish this story with a solid foundation,” Takaya says.

The first episode Deborralee directs will air on June 10.

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