Published on August 7th, 2022 |
by Darren Paltrowitz
Exploring the world of the real-life phenomenon of “grey nomads” — retirees who leave behind comfortable homes to set out for adventure on the endless roads of Australia — Darby & Joan shines a light on fascinating and often-unseen areas of the continent from isolated coastlines to lush hinterland to small communities in the Outback, and a myriad of fascinating characters moving through a world where everyone is searching for something (or trying to escape it). Danger and secrets lurk for those bothering to look. In turn, the series asks: can you find yourself in the middle of nowhere?
Filmed in Queensland, Australia, Darby & Joan was executive produced by Claire Tonkin (My Life Is Murder), David Hannam (Secret Bridesmaid’s Business), Matt Campbell, Bea Tammer and Catherine Mackin, with series producer Pino Amenta (Five Bedrooms, Wentworth) and supervising producer Toni Malone (My Life Is Murder). The series’ creators are Glenys Rowe and Phillip Gwynne, and its writers are Paul Bennett, Keith Thompson, Andrew Anastasios, Giula Sandler, David Hannam, Adam Zwar, Beck Cole and Ainslie Clouston. The set-up director is David Caesar and the directors are Ben C. Lucas, Mairi Cameron and Jo O’Shaughnessy. The series is produced by CJZ, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland. Emmy-nominated actor Bryan Brown (Cocktail, Breaker Morant) and Emmy-winning actress Greta Scacchi (The Player, Emma) star in the lively series, which premieres on Monday, August 8, 2022 via AMC Networks’ acclaimed streamer’ Acorn TV; two episodes will premiere weekly on Acorn TV each Monday through August 29, 2022.
On July 27, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with both Bryan Brown and Greta Scacchi via Zoom, as embedded below. More on Brown, Scacchi and Darby & Joan can be found here, here and here.