“We are each other’s people”: Neighbours hosts final media event
As they have done for decades, veteran Neighbours stars imparted wisdom one last time to their young cast, at a final media event.
There were laughs, smiles, plenty of tears and a fleeting shot of Bouncer yesterday when Neighbours held their very last media event yesterday at their famed Nunawading studios.
Media were treated to a lunch by Network 10 with cast joined by Executive Producer Jason Herbison, 10 Head of Drama and Executive Production Rick Maier, host Angela Bishop and a busy team from 10 publicity.
4 long tables sat in between sets including the Kennedy home, the Waterhole Bar and Harolds Cafe, adorned by poppies and nostalgic photos and script excerpts.
Today the interior sets will begin to be dismantled, with producers having fielded calls from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and various arts and state museums. Fremantle will remain tenants at the site, once home to Channel 0 and shows including Prisoner, Young Talent Time, Rove Live and more, until the end of the year.
Jason Herbison, Rick Maier.
Rick Maier said, “We’re all very proud of what it’s achieved. If you if you have a look at the number of writers that have gone from the Neighbours writing room into other jobs, I think there are five production companies at the moment with Heads of Drama who are Neighbours alumni, the Head of RMIT Screenwriting, 4 broadcasters doing drama who are Neighbours alumni. There wouldn’t be a Writing Room in Australia putting together a new show that didn’t have some antecedents from Neighbours and that’s just on the writing side. Certainly on the performance side of it, we know where all these actors have gone. We talk a lot, historically, about the actors that have succeeded. But we haven’t talked about the current crop. I’m very curious to know where they are in five years, 10 years, 15 years time because this show will continue in terms of their performances and where they go from here.”
Jackie Woodburne, who has played Susan Kennedy for 28 years, “We come in here every day and we are each other’s people. How lucky are we that that happened? I’ve made wonderful friendships, done some work that I’m really proud of. As ‘Fletch’ (Alan Fletcher) said, I learned so much from you guys. I mean, they talk about the big successes, you know, the Margots (Robbie) and so on. And, that’s all wonderful. But for me, it’s those moments on set when I see one of you amazingly talented, young people have a little breakthrough.
“Your joy at that, and your pride in that, and the passion that you will take with you into your career ongoing from this show with these people, that makes me very, very proud.. I’m all wobbly again, I knew I would!” she said fighting back tears.
“It’s been an absolute joy. All of you actors will go out into the world, you will have wonderful careers working as actors. It doesn’t matter what the project is, it doesn’t matter what the show is, you will take that same passion and commitment that we all have here to get the best work we can, in the time that we have, with with each other.
“I know that you will take that discipline with you into your lives, and you will have wonderful careers. I’m so proud of you.”
After a standing ovation a final reel of highlights from across nearly 4 decades screened, followed by tears…. and no spoilers.
The final episode screens 7:30pm Thursday July 28 on 10 / 10 Peach.
Cast in attendance:
April Rose Pengilly
Gemma Bird Matheson
Freya Van Dyke