Cast: Jessica Marais, Jonathan LaPaglia, Mandy McElhinney, Ryan Corr, Gracie Gilbert, Ella Scott Lynch, Miranda Tapsell, Sophie Hensser, Harriet Dyer
Genre: TV Drama
Running Time: 8 episodes, 356 minutes
The highly anticipated new Aussie TV drama Love Child premiered to a national audience of 2.165 million, averaging 1.926 million. Starring Australian favorites Jessica Marais (Packed to the Rafters), Jonathan LaPaglia (The Slap), Mandy McElhinney (Howzat: Kerry Packer's War) and Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters), the birth of this new series also performed well on a metro level with an audience of 1.36 million.
The eight-part drama series is set in Kings Cross in 1969 – the time and place Australia came of age and a new generation broke all the rules. It's the Summer of Love. Australians are glued to the telecast of the moon landing and American sailors clash on the streets with anti-Vietnam war protestors.
Joan Miller (Jessica Marais), a modern, spirited midwife, returns to Australia from London to work at Kings Cross General Hospital, a home for young unwed pregnant women. While geographically close, culturally, the world inside the gates of Kings Cross General Hospital couldn't be further removed from the exhilarating, hedonistic haven of fashion, culture, clubs and bars that is Kings Cross, especially for the girls of Stanton House.
On the brink of a new generation, Love Child sees an eclectic, diverse group of young Australians take on the world with an inspired, progressive and infectiously courageous sense of hope that the love of family and friends will prevail against adversity.
Rounding out the stellar cast is Ella Scott Lynch (Underbelly: Badness), Sophie Hensser (Tricky Business), Miranda Tapsell (Redfern Now), Gracie Gilbert (Underbelly: Squizzy) and Harriet Dyer (Packed to the Rafters), whose characters highlight the intensity of the positions young women were faced with.
Filmed entirely on location in Sydney, this powerful and uplifting story at the very centre of the cultural and sexual revolution also hosts all the exuberant music, fashion and attitude of the late 1960s.
Bonus Cast Interviews:
Jessica Marais as Joan Miller
Jonathan LaPaglia as Dr. Patrick McNaughton
Mandy Elhinney as Matron Frances Bolton
Miranda Tapsell as Martha Tenant