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Rebecca Summerton

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Adelaide is a place that the members of this family never wanted to return to. However, they find they are all drawn back to it when their mom decides to sell their home. A deeply intimate riff on how awful (and glorious) it can be to return home, we experience each episode of this six part comedy-drama, told through a different lense. Each episode unfurls the chronological story of the dismantling of a home with a dark past but is told from the distinct point-of-view of a different character.
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Hannah is still searching for a more inclusive Australian identity in our art, and in this episode she enters the NOW! But in post-Cronulla Australia it seems even more difficult to define what it is to be Australian. Many of our contemporary artists are diving into this confused state of belonging and using it as a launching point for their practice. Hannah meets Jason Wing who is using his art to investigate how his Chinese/Aboriginal heritage sees him fit into the idea of being an ‘Aussie’.
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The hyper-masculine Australian National Identity is a Frankenstein monster made from the mythical body-parts of bushrangers, diggers and pioneer blokes in hats. It’s an identity forged in a post-Federation Australia that seems to hold water even today. Has our art helped to create and maintain this distorted our view of ourselves? Hannah rips the Gum-Tree mafia (Heidelberg School) a new one when she pulls apart the clichés of this masculine national identity.
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Hannah reveals she is Tasmanian – which doesn’t mean she has two heads or a particular love of sheep. It does however mean she feels a sense of belonging to the Apple Isle. This idea of ‘belonging’ in Australia is a complex and troubled concept that has played out between the brushstrokes of our art. Hannah’s investigation begins with colonial art and the first images made by our settlers, and uncovers what these images say about White Australia’s relationship with this strange new world.
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Australian stand up comedian Hannah Gadsby is a closet art scholar. Armed with a rapier wit and desire to pick beneath the paint, she travels across the continent on a mission to debunk the myths of the Australian Identity as defined by our art canon. From first settlement to Federation to post-multiculturalism, Hannah will forge an irreverent new image of who we think we are through a re-examination of art history. She will engage with a new generation determined to challenge their culture.
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The siblings battle disbelief and exhaustion as they attempt to fulfil the impossible wishes of their mother. They stumble over each other to prepare a nice speech about Maude while Cleo just wants a moment to give her something. They realize that they are squabbling over the problem of their home and their belongings to distract themselves from the big problem that they have never faced up to --- their past.
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Cleo (Audrey Mason Hyde) wants to figure out why everyone keeps confusing her for a boy. She enlists Maude to prepare for a magic show. But, they are interrupted by the surprise arrival of Geoff, Maude’s estranged husband. Cleo relishes the opportunity of a captive audience but fails to understand the risk of letting this man in. Cleo’s attempts at the perfect costume and perfect magic trick brings unimagined consequences for her grandmother and family.
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Toby (Beau Travis Williams) is Emma’s partner and the father to their ten-year old child Cleo. Toby has always been supportive of Emma and now, in Adelaide, he wants to help her relax. He is entrusted with the repair of the back fence – but as he attempts to avoid the unfolding family drama about the sale of the house he begins to wonder if maybe Adelaide is where he belongs.
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Before returning to Thailand, Emma (Kate Box) tries to connect with Maude over old family photos. Emma is the oldest sister of Maude’s from a previous marriage and, having left Adelaide young, she is now a successful CEO of a non-profit in Thailand. An argument over the provenance of an unearthed leather jacket causes Maude to reveal her true intentions behind selling the house.
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Kitty (Tilda-Cobham-Hervey) is told to cull her belongings before moving with Maude so decides she’d rather find a different place to live. While on the outside she seems like a sunny, cupcake-loving ball of positivity, in reality she’s a struggling art student who seeks comfort in anonymous sex in public. But, as her anonymous sex comes unstuck in tiny Adelaide, Kitty’s stuff comes under threat of a purging bonfire.
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Failing singer Eli returns to Adelaide after disaster strikes in Sydney. He had always dreamed of making it big but his auto-tuned shows are not drawing the crowds and his ex-boyfriend has kicked him out of the apartment because he owes him three months rent. He just wants to sleep in his old bed but sister Emma is also there, young Kitty gives him questionable clothes, and mum has news about the family home.
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