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A great script, subtle approach to emotional issues and genuine heart make the ABC's family drama a hit
The most recent survey by navel-gazing statisticians endlessly obsessed with the nation's Well-Being Index, reveals that 77% of Australians cite family as a leading contributor to their personal happiness. Triple the number nominating either sex or money.
So, The Time of Our Lives (ABC1, Sunday) arrived last week with reasonable prospects – statistically at least. And the remaining 23% of viewers, who don't regard family as integral to their satisfaction quotient, may also find something of value.
Television drama has in general been slow to respond to the evolution of what constitutes a family, clinging to middle class Aussie stereotypes personified by the inhabitants of Ramsay Street, Summer Bay and their solid, working class counterparts in the leafy suburb where the soon-to-disappear Rafter clan resides.
But while The Time of Our Lives remains resolutely heterosexual in its view of family, »
- Doug Anderson
Irvine Welsh and Rob Heydon“After seeing the film Trainspotting  and The Acid House  in cinemas in Canada with a Scottish writer friend, Paul McCafferty who eventually co-wrote the screenplay for Ecstasy ,” recalls filmmaker Rob Heydon as to the when he was introduced to the works of author Irvine Welsh. “I first became aware of Irvine Welsh when I was at Drama School and the novel Trainspotting had just been released,” states Scottish actor Adam Sinclair (To End All Wars). “Everyone in the school was doing the famous speech, ‘Choose a job. Choose a big fucking television. Choose life.’ All these kids over Scotland were reading books from an author who wrote the same way they spoke. He was very much part of a generation writing about stuff that most »
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