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Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door 

The two part mini-series tells the remarkable story of Peter Allen's rise from country New South Wales to the Hollywood Hills, becoming part of American royalty along the way.




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Series cast summary:
Joel Jackson ...  Peter Allen 2 episodes, 2015
Rebecca Gibney ...  Marion Woolnough 2 episodes, 2015
Sara West ...  Liza Minnelli 2 episodes, 2015
Rob Mills Rob Mills ...  Chris Bell 2 episodes, 2015
Ky Baldwin ...  Young Peter Allen 2 episodes, 2015
Sigrid Thornton ...  Judy Garland 2 episodes, 2015
Kim Knuckey Kim Knuckey ...  George Woolnough 2 episodes, 2015
Nick Farnell ...  Dick Woolnough 2 episodes, 2015
Elise McCann ...  Lynne Woolnough 2 episodes, 2015
Tess Callaghan Tess Callaghan ...  Young Lynne Woolnough 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Buchanan Andrew Buchanan ...  Father Bell 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Lees ...  Greg Connell 2 episodes, 2015
Georgia Adamson ...  Aunt Betty Davidson 2 episodes, 2015
Sophie Gregg ...  Aunt Jean Davidson 2 episodes, 2015
Hayley McElhinney ...  Jenny Wallace 2 episodes, 2015
Laura Bunting Laura Bunting ...  Young Jenny Wallace 2 episodes, 2015
David Kelly David Kelly ...  Mr. Wallace 2 episodes, 2015
Henri Szeps Henri Szeps ...  Dee Anthony 2 episodes, 2015
Donna Lee Donna Lee ...  Val Anthony 2 episodes, 2015
Christopher Morris ...  Mark Herron 2 episodes, 2015
David Hynes David Hynes ...  Bruce Cudd 2 episodes, 2015
Christie Whelan Christie Whelan ...  Olivia Newton-John 2 episodes, 2015
Lucy Velik ...  Carole Bayer Sager 2 episodes, 2015
Scott Sheridan Scott Sheridan ...  Brian Henderson 2 episodes, 2015
Kate Ryerson ...  Judy Stone 2 episodes, 2015
William Wensley William Wensley ...  Col Joye 2 episodes, 2015
Chelsea Brown ...  Patsy-Ann Noble 2 episodes, 2015
Burgess Abernethy ...  Neal Peters 2 episodes, 2015
Joanne Samuel ...  Bev Moulson 2 episodes, 2015
Jonny Hawkins ...  Charles Suppon 2 episodes, 2015
Sarah Marlowe Sarah Marlowe ...  Adrienne Erdos 2 episodes, 2015
Brendan Miles Brendan Miles ...  A & M Exec 1 2 episodes, 2015
David Hov ...  Sebastian 2 episodes, 2015
Jackson Bunting Jackson Bunting ...  Tiddley 2 episodes, 2015
Hannah Goodwin ...  Audience Member 2 episodes, 2015
Richard Cotter Richard Cotter ...  Amateur Hour Judge 1 2 episodes, 2015
Brett Harris Brett Harris ...  Yul Brynner 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Hearle ...  Rob Matthews 2 episodes, 2015
Michelle Collins Michelle Collins ...  Claire Napier 2 episodes, 2015
William Usic William Usic ...  LA Doctor 2 episodes, 2015
Franc Violi ...  Judge Joseph Macchia 2 episodes, 2015
Nicholas Gledhill Nicholas Gledhill ...  NY Photographer 2 episodes, 2015
Jonathan Lane Jonathan Lane ...  Sydney Photographer 2 episodes, 2015
Alan Flower Alan Flower ...  Frank Moss 2 episodes, 2015
Oliver Wenn Oliver Wenn ...  New Yorker 2 episodes, 2015
Steve Corner Steve Corner ...  Lynne's Husband 2 episodes, 2015
Natalie Rees Natalie Rees ...  Florida Motel Receptionist 2 episodes, 2015
April Rose Pengilly ...  Tracey 2 episodes, 2015
Lachlan Nolan Lachlan Nolan ...  Rex Kramer 2 episodes, 2015
Wade Doolan Wade Doolan ...  Reporter 1 2 episodes, 2015
Abi Rayment ...  Amateur Hour Judge 2 2 episodes, 2015
Randall Mettam Randall Mettam ...  Reporter 2 2 episodes, 2015
Greg Poppleton ...  Amateur Hour Judge 3 2 episodes, 2015
Matthew Rootes Matthew Rootes ...  Paper Boy 2 episodes, 2015
John Daley John Daley ...  Bitter End Journalist 2 episodes, 2015
Naomi White Naomi White ...  Liza's PA 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Ryan Andrew Ryan ...  Molly Meldrum 2 episodes, 2015
Vico Thai ...  Hong Kong Hilton Bartender 2 episodes, 2015
Madeleine Kennedy ...  Dress Shopper 2 episodes, 2015
Kathryn Pemberton Kathryn Pemberton ...  Helen Reddy 2 episodes, 2015
Frank Stead Frank Stead ...  TV Station Manager 2 episodes, 2015
Gregg Arthur Gregg Arthur ...  Liza's Boyfriend 2 episodes, 2015
Katherine Soames Katherine Soames ...  Bikini Model 1 2 episodes, 2015
Emily Keys Emily Keys ...  Bikini Model 2 2 episodes, 2015
Sam Mossop Sam Mossop ...  Model Photographer 2 episodes, 2015
Hayley Gia Hughes ...  Bikini Model 3 2 episodes, 2015
Lavinia White Lavinia White ...  Bikini Model 4 2 episodes, 2015
Chris Mitchell Chris Mitchell ...  Armidale Cop 2 episodes, 2015
Abbey McPherson Abbey McPherson ...  Tap Dancer 2 episodes, 2015
Baylee McPherson Baylee McPherson ...  Tap Dancer 2 episodes, 2015
Sasha Rose Sasha Rose ...  Tap Dancer 2 episodes, 2015
Scout Van De Merwe Scout Van De Merwe ...  Tap Dancer 2 episodes, 2015
Paris Naumovski Paris Naumovski ...  Tap Dancer 2 episodes, 2015
Angela Toohey Angela Toohey ...  Vocals of Liza Minnelli 2 episodes, 2015
Melanie Parry ...  Vocals of Judy Garland 2 episodes, 2015
Aimee Mursell Aimee Mursell ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015
Rose Hartigan Rose Hartigan ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015
Elle Mursell Elle Mursell ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015
Natalie Rakhimova Natalie Rakhimova ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015
Catherine Bolitho Catherine Bolitho ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015
Whitney Ross Whitney Ross ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015
Sophie McAuliffe Sophie McAuliffe ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015
Elicia McDonald Elicia McDonald ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015
Samara Kennedy Samara Kennedy ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015
Jenna Kratzel Jenna Kratzel ...  Rockette 2 episodes, 2015


The two part mini-series tells the remarkable story of Peter Allen's rise from country New South Wales to the Hollywood Hills, becoming part of American royalty along the way.

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25 September 2015 | by drc-6See all my reviews

Peter Allen. I remember him from HK when I lived there - the HK Hilton being one of the preferred ex-pat drinking grounds at the time. Latterly, I have seen and loved Hugh Jackman in The Boy from Oz and have been quietly wishing for a filmed portrayal of the life of Australia's greatest song writer. Thanks now to Network Seven, here it is and this intimate and hugely personal mini-series is pretty much perfect. It is riveting from beginning to end and God willing, it deserves to clean up at our next Logie awards ceremony.

Much has already been written about the superb performances of Joel Jackson (Peter); Sigrid Thornton (Judy); Rebecca Gibney (Mum) and Ky Baldwin (who was simply AMAZING as young Peter) and to that, I would like to add the wonderfully understated Nick Farnell (Dad) in a role that no actor wants to play in 2015, given Australia's abhorrence of domestic violence.

In other words, all the actors (leading and supporting) were brilliant. It can not have been easy for Jackson and Thornton to pretty much 'nail' the vocal and physical nuances of Peter and Judy; in truth, if they had not managed to get this right, the film was going nowhere.........but they did and the result was a triumph. The only real life visual evidence of Mum was on Peter's 'This is your Life' and clearly, Gibney came across as a much more attractive lady. That said, I would say that she was the rock upon which the film stands. She was your perfect mother of the time.

I do not believe there is any need for me to re-tell the Peter Allen story, save to say (and to reiterate) what several other competent reviewers have already said......that the director/producers have gone to very great lengths to get all the elements of him and his life properly researched. The subtle reflections of country NSW in the 50's/60's are matchlessly put together and this great team of actors makes the resulting pastiche of the first 40 minutes or so (and what Australia was like, way back then) utterly believable.

It was a perfect beginning and without wishing to give anything away, it made for a perfect ending to a marvelous film.

When Peter left Australia of course and whilst still 'one of us', he was, then, in reality loved (and owned) by the entire world. His songs have stood the test of time and will go on giving pleasure for ever. If it weren't for Peter, Hugh Jackman would never have won a Tony for The Boy from Oz. Warts and all, Peter Allen was a consummate Aussie entertainer and this film shines the necessary light on what was a truly remarkable career. IT IS NOT TO BE MISSED.

I can remember very well, flying into Sydney in the 80's/90's and after we had landed, hearing Peter Allen singing 'I Still Call Australia Home' throughout the cabin. And what about 'that Qantas commercial' for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, with those hundreds of white shirted kids singing it at Uluru and then around the world?! That truly Aussie commercial still brings tears to my eyes and I am man enough to say that this superb film did exactly the same. Watch it all in one go (and edit the ads if you can). I guarantee you'll be swept away and though there are some undoubted elements that might have been better handled, the overall effect is one that any Aussie and anyone else watching from overseas will love and remember for a very long time.

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