Offspring – TV Review

240px-Offspring_TVSeries_Cast

Nina Proudman (Asher Keddie) is an obstetrician working in inner city Melbourne and trying to balance her career with the dramas of her family and her love life. All of her family live within the same suburb and are constantly calling or dropping in to each other. There is her sister, Billie (Kat Stewart) who is a real estate agent in her father’s business and dating gardener/musician Mick Holland (Eddie Perfect). Then there is her brother, Jimmy (Richard Davies) who seems unable or unwilling to hold down a job. Her mother Geraldine (Linda Cropper) is trying to find her place after it is revealed that serial cheater Darcy (John Waters) is to father a child to Cherie Butterfield (Deborah Mailman). But to complicate things, Cherie is a nurse at the hospital where Nina works. This is not the only work complication – over four series, Nina manages to go through relationships with a variety of co-workers including most notably Chris Havel (Don Hany), and Patrick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez). Watching and commentating are the marvellous nurses Kim (Alicia Gardiner) and Zara (Jane Harber) – and then there is the mysterious head-of-department Dr Martin Clegg (Lachy Hume).

The fourth season of Offspring has just finished airing in Australia and it seems as popular as ever. Some questions are never answered – like how on earth Nina has managed to hold down a job with the number of phone calls she answers at work and the number of times she runs off to solve some family problem. But that is unimportant; what is important is that they all love each other. And them sometimes they don’t. But then they do again. I totally loved the first couple of seasons, but felt in season three that it had jumped the shark. Of course, being me, I did continue to watch it through season three and luckily, I felt it came back in season four.  I was a bit annoyed with some of my Facebook friends a couple of weeks ago, one of the main characters was killed off and immediately several people spoiled it. Since when was immediate spoilers allowed?

Anyhow, Offspring will be back next year. I can’t wait. In the meantime I’ll keep my ringtone the same as Nina and pretend to be an unlucky-in-love professional as I struggle to answer my phone whilst doing something important.

The Sapphires (2012) Film Review

images-5

The Sapphires tells the story of four beautiful, young Aboriginal women, three sisters and a cousin, who took their soul singing to Vietnam to entertain the troops, enabled and facilitated by an affable drunk Irishman. Along the way, they encounter some bumps, but get their moments of stardom in front of the troops.

This is a delightful road trip with love, lust and good music.

There are a few moments that threatened to become serious – when the women encounter racism in various ways, or the fraught relationship between the eldest sister and the cousin, who has been living in the city. Initially, I felt that these serious issues were being brushed aside lightly until I recognised the film that it is. It is a light-hearted, feel-good film. It would be wrong for this film to completely ignore the more serious issues, but it is not an issue film.

The Sapphires is charming and lovely and light and funny and I could easily watch it again. Although this makes it sound wussy. It has soul and guts and determination and strong female characters. Which is nice for a change.