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A Place To Call Home Season 3–April 5 Release

Image635939986174450853“Australia’s sexiest period soap…must-watch” (Entertainment Weekly). “I couldn’t stop watching…a cross between Dynasty and Downton Abbey with a twist of Mad Men” (Parade). Acorn TV’s addicitive Aussie period drama returns with more secrets, passion, romance, and intrigue.
Against the backdrop of post-World War II Australia, A Place to Call Home stars Marta Dusseldorp (Jack Irish) as Sarah Adams, a nurse who becomes involved in the affairs of the wealthy Bligh family. This rich, meaningful, and lavish production deals with themes such as anti-Semitism, sexuality, and social class.
The series has been nominated for three Logie Awards: Most Outstanding Drama Series, Most Popular Actress (Dusseldorp), and Most Popular New Talent (Earl).

    RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn brand has announced the April 5th release of the Australian drama A Place to Call Home – Season 3 on DVD. This 3-disc set comes with all 10 episodes, plus a bonus in the form of a new Season 2 ending: episode 10 of the second season (45 min.) in its original intended cliffhanger-ending version. A Photo Gallery is also included, and English subtitles are expected to be on board as well. The price will be $59.99 SRP, and here’s the package cover art along with an Amazon pre-order button link:

    Interview: Marta Dusseldorp Finds A Place To Call Home–Australian Magazine 29 Nov 2014

    The Australian newspaper magazine “Australian Magazine” has a superb interview with Marta in their 29 November 2014 issue.

    Marta Dusseldorp, TV’s leading lady, finds a place to call home

    Australian Magazine
    (The Australian Newspaper)

    29 November 2014 

    Image635528575745332843TAKING a long run-up from the kitchen, Marta Dusseldorp executes a faultless slide to the front door of her 19th century terrace in ­Paddington, Sydney.

    “Come in, come in,” she says, flashing a dimpled grin and clicking open the latch. As the 41-year-old star of television dramas Crownies, A Place to Call Home and Janet King heads to the kitchen to make tea, the secret to her crackerjack floor skate can be seen peeking out from below the knife-edge crease of her trousers: fluffy bed socks.

    It’s a rare and wondrous thing to see a screen star being unapologetically herself. And as we move to the sitting room, it’s clear the perfect imperfection of Dusseldorp’s outfit extends to her home and the life she’s made here with actor-director husband Ben Winspear and their daughters Grace, seven, and Maggie, four. She makes room on the couch by pushing aside a balled-up throw rug and a casually nude plastic doll. A teddy bear in a Dora the Explorer sunhat surveys the room from a pint-sized cane chair that only half hides a spilt pack of Snap cards and an up-ended pencil case.

    This is life unedited, from the drooping pink camellias atop the marble fireplace to the provocative works by top Australian artists — Tracey Moffatt, Will Coles and Del Kathryn Barton (Marta actually features in the Moffatt photo). How gloriously disordered, how jam-packed and vital it all is. “We’re circus people,” ­Dusseldorp says, gesturing at the framed ­tapestries hand-sewn by her Dutch grandmother, the giant turtle shell souvenired from the set of A Place to Call Home, the taxidermic possum thrust nose-first into a fruit bowl. “Everything we have with us has a story. All the things in our house, in our life, are all very meaningful.”

    The family moved in to this gracious, high-ceilinged pile in January and felt no impulse to renovate. “It’s so nice to have a new space to get to know and just take it for what it is and not want to change it,” she says, plucking some fluff off the floor and placing it on the saucer beside her teacup. “That was the beauty of finding this place: the conversation is really in the walls and that’s something I’ve realised is important.”

    As well as being a first-rate sock-slider, ­Dusseldorp is a frank conversationalist. In the course of the morning she will divulge that, like her acting idol Marilyn Monroe, she is not a natural blonde (gasp); that her first daughter was present at her second daughter’s birth ­(double gasp); and that she was on stage high-kicking in heels when she was pregnant (somebody call the mummy mafia). She’ll also warn that if federal government funding continues to be slashed, the nation faces a drought of local drama. But first, one of the leading ladies of Australian TV will explain why she’s taken the year off, at the peak of her powers.

    Image635528573988375325Nearly four years ago, when she was in ­Sydney performing the role of crown prosecutor Janet King in the ABC legal drama Crownies and Winspear was playing Faustus in Brisbane with Bell Shakespeare, the couple were forced to abandon their hands-on parenting mantra and hire outside help. The au pair was lovely, but they vowed then that their priority in the future would be to avoid any job clashes. “It was only a couple of months but it was hard; hard on the kids,” Dusseldorp says. “Now we work it so everyone gets a go at work and everyone gets a go with the kids, so the kids are never without one of us.”

    Ironically, Dusseldorp had put the brakes on a distinguished stage career when she had ­children because television would at least allow her the occasional day off. “I stepped out of the ­theatre because I had kids,” she says. “I just said, ‘I can’t do these hours and I can’t not put them to bed six nights a week’.”

    She still misses, with a physical ache, the ­“creative maelstrom” of life on the stage. Her 14-year theatre career began with a smooth run out of drama school and hit peaks with a performance in Barrie Kosky’s eight-hour epic The Lost Echo and her Helpmann Award-winning role in The War of the Roses, Sydney Theatre Company’s mammoth 2009 adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays. But every parent makes sacrifices. She knows this. Even circus people, living their lives beyond convention, must confront the mundane reality of only 24 hours in a day.

    “I’m really grateful for this year,” she says. “When you work, like anyone who works, you don’t have much energy for anything else.” But it’s been tough not to act, as well. “I just recently said no to something and it was something I really wanted to do — this one I was passionate about,” she says. “But it wasn’t right for the family. I couldn’t take them with me and it was two months. I wasn’t prepared to do that. It’s very hard for an actor to say no to things — it’s almost impossible as it goes against everything inside you. But I don’t want my kids to …” She stops and suddenly looks as if she might cry. “You never get the time back.”

    She cries often, she says, “but I’d rather cry than not feel.” She also laughs a lot, and ­converses with her entire body, hurling it from one end of the couch to the other, clasping and unclasping her hands, occasionally falling ­sideways for slapstick effect. And the voices. In and out of different characters she ducks and weaves — mischievous, earnest, surprised, ­ferocious. She may have taken the year off, but her instrument remains finely tuned.


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    Foxtel resurrects A Place to Call Home

    Image635502510665349143Foxtel resurrects A Place to Call Home

    [Mon 27/10/2014 10:30 AM]

    By Emily Blatchford

    Fans of Seven’s A Place to Call Home can breathe a sigh of relief. After Channel 7’s shock announcement earlier in the year that the popular romantic drama would not be returning for a third season, the show has been commissioned by Foxtel.

    To be produced by Seven Productions, the show will be made exclusively for Foxtel, who have already made an order for two more seasons. It will premiere on Foxtel’s SoHo drama channel next year.

    The agreement was announced this morning by Foxtel Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, and Seven’s Network Director of Production, Brad Lyons.

    In a statement released to the media, Walsh said: “A Place to Call Home is Australia’s most loved drama series and has captured the hearts of millions of fans across the country. We are proud to partner with the Seven Network on this landmark deal and ensure that audiences can continue to enjoy this beautifully crafted and elegantly produced series for a further two seasons.

    “The Seven Network has produced Australian television’s most successful drama series of all time and we are delighted to partner with the highly experienced creative team at Seven, who will now work their magic for Foxtel subscribers.”

    Added Lyons: “This is a terrific signing. All of us are proud of A Place to Call Home and its success. Today’s agreement is great for Seven Productions and it is also a tremendous signing for the cast and crew of the programme and the millions of people who love the programme.”

    The news will no doubt be welcomed by fans of the drama, many of whom lashed out when the announcement was made to discontinue the series. An online petition was also launched in a bid to save the series and attracted over 10,000 signatures.

    A Place to Call Home was created by Bevan Lee (Packed to the Rafters, Winners and Losers) and follows the lives of the wealthy Bligh family. Set in the 1950’s, it has been described as the “Australian Downton Abbey” and stars Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazlehurst.

    Development on the new third season will begin shortly.