The secret is no secret; just like Front Up itself, it's a simple thing, although it
should not be confused with 'simplistic'. The simple thing is this: everyone in a crowd is
an individual. Every one of us has a complex emotional, physical and psychological life.
Nobody is a stereotype, even if they look like one. Front Up accepts that and relishes in
it. Our aim is not to minimise people on tv, but to allow them to expand.
As a journalist and writer, my intense interest is in the human condition; the
uniqueness of every face is a physical symbol for the uniqueness of every heart. Behind
every suburban door is a family of complex individuals whose relationships are no less
explosive, amazing - or sometimes humdrum - than those of the great stars and celebrities.
But they are all as unique. And each one of us can recognise similarities as well as
differences, making other people at once familiar and strange.
In my profession as a film journalist, I regularly interview people whose very career
involves being interviewed, promoting themselves or their films; Jim Carrey, Sharon Stone,
Michael Douglas, Gregory Peck, Toni Collette, Bryan Brown, Russell Crowe, Jack Thompson,
and so on.
In Front Up, I interview people with no public profile, people who have no agenda to be
interviewed and set out on their day without any notion that they would spend 20 minutes
or so discussing their lives on national television. It's a very different thing. The
substance of the conversation is changed from what people DO to what they ARE.
This is the endlessly fascinating aspect of Front Up. At least for me.
I hope you enjoy meeting the folks in Series 7: and I thank them all most profoundly
for their generosity in spending their time and sharing some of their life.