800 Words

800-WordsI have good news, the not so good news and annoying news about the new Erik Thomson’s new Australian drama 800 Words.

The not so good news is that the first episode starts ‘out of character’ for the show, primarily because it needs to set up the premise of the series. The show is ultimately about the adventures and misadventures of a family now living in New Zealand – the show obviously deals with the actual move from Australia to New Zealand to begin with. Continue reading »

800 Words - Erik Thomson plays George Turner (c) SPPErik Thomson will be joined by a stellar trans-Tasman cast in South Pacific Pictures’ new comedy-drama series 800 Words.

800 Words, produced by New Zealand’s South Pacific Pictures for the Seven Network, is a heart-warming comedy-drama series built around newly-widowed George Turner’s decision to start afresh and take his teenage kids from Sydney to the New Zealand coastal town of Weld, where George spent his summer holidays as a child.

Thomson (Packed to the Rafters, All Saints, Always Greener, The Black Balloon) plays the lead role of George and will be joined by Australian actors Melina Vidler (The Arrangement, Mako: Island of Secrets) and Bensen Jack Anthony (Underbelly Razor, Blood Brothers, Legend of the Seeker) who play his teenage children, Shay and Arlo Turner.
Rick Donald (Friends with Better Lives, House Husbands, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) features as George’s new best mate Woody, a fellow Aussie-import and keen surfer while Bridie Carter (McLeod’s Daughters) guest stars as Jan, George’s former Sydney editor. Continue reading »