Archive for the Home & Away Category

White wash [Home & Away]

Posted in Australiana, Home & Away, Neighbours, news, Seven, Ten on November 16, 2008 by jetsamjr

Home & AwayHome & Away and its even-more-tedious cousin Neighbours have come under fire because their casts include too many nillas and not enough of the other races. The White Australia policy is back in vogue!:

University of Queensland Aboriginal studies lecturer Sam Watson said the dramas were operating an “exclusive white family club” that didn’t reflect Australia’s true demographic.

“The producers and directors of these shows are very sadly harking back to the White Australia policy of the ’40s and ’50s,” he said. “Instead of embracing the rich diversities of our country, they are shunning it.”

To be fair to both soaps, if you venture into a typical Australian beachside town or banal middle-class suburb there are a lot of crackers about.

Seriously, though: why does anyone expect anything of Home & Away and Neighbours, two shows that have rarely included any non-white, non-hetero, non-Christian, non-able-bodied characters who aren’t sensationalised stereotypes? Even if racially diverse characters were written into the show, they’d only be forced into tedious storylines about teen pregnancies and relationship angst and pranks gone awry anyway.


Australians subjected to Sally Fletcher story yet again [news]

Posted in ABC, Australiana, Home & Away, news, Seven on July 31, 2008 by jetsamjr

Channel Seven must be so pissed that the ABC has rehashed their precious Kate Richie saga.


Soaps suck [Home & Away]

Posted in Australiana, Home & Away, Seven on April 3, 2008 by jetsamjr

I must be the worst telephile in the world, because I forgot to watch a) Sally’s departure from Home & Away tonight, and b) Harold’s departure from Neighbours last week. Clearly I am devastated about this, because I think both soaps are awesome paragons of quality television.

Apparently I didn’t miss much, though, because it seems that both Sally and Harold respectively departed Summer Bay and Erinsborough by driving away, waving out the window at tearful friends they left behind.

Really? These characters spend years mooching around their respective burgs, and this is the most fitting, most creative way to send them off?

Meanwhile, Kate Ritchie and Ian Smith have totally left Home & Away and Neighbours before, only to return. I reckon they’ll both be back.