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It’s one of Perth’s best-known addresses. Never
mind that number One Cloud Street was a figment
of Tim Winton’s imagination. For fans of his 1991
novel, it’s a very real – albeit rickety – dwelling in
Perth’s leafy western suburbs.
So it was hardly a surprise to walk in to the old
Sunset Hospital site in Nedlands and see it: peeling
paint in the hallway, two outhouses out the back, a
vegie g arden tended by the Lamb family, a neglected
dust bowl on the Pickles’ side of the fence.
The house was straight out of the novel. The
only anomaly was the crowd out the front. But you
don’t make a TV series without a bunch of people
– ca st, crew, extras, wardrobe, makeup, continuity,
PR and assorted stickybeaks. I was among the latter,
come to see the making of a classic and the brilliance
of Herbert Pinter’s set – so convincing there was an
outpouring of public grief when it was demolished.
Between takes in her role as Rose Pickles, Emma
Booth hung out on the verandah, fighting off the
Perth heat while the director’s assistant corralled
er rant magpies into the frame.
ON THE SET OF CLOUDSTREET
Following stellar performances in Clubland and Underbelly, Emma Booth came home
to star in cloudstreet, the TV miniseries adaptation of Tim Winton’s iconic novel
towards her mother, and it’s not until she finds out
why her mother is like this that she is able to break
down the barriers between them.
What were the challenges involved in playing
her? The only real challenge I had was the (brown)
contact lenses! In the beginning I could not put them
in. Some days it was like acting to a dinner plate in
front of my eyes. But it really helped me feel like I
had stepped into Rose’s shoes, so it was worth it.
How did you find acting in a period piece set
well before you were born? I did do a lot of
research into women’s fashion, dancing and hair and
makeup from that era. I loved everything about the
period! I always found myself acting more lady-like
the minute the cameras rolled. It just felt natural to
do, as a young woman from that era.
cloudstreet screens in May on showcase for Foxtel.
The blue-eyed actress – who changed eye colour
for the role – was playing a fiery scene opposite Todd
Lasance as Quick Lamb. Over and over ag ain. But
when it came to sharing her reflections on making
the mini-series, her enthusiasm was high. “We, as
West Australians, get to show the rest of the world
the beauty, culture and landscape of our state in this
truly iconic, West Australian story,” she said.
What are your feelings about that house? I loved
the set because it helped me to embody my character.
The art department did a great job in capturing the
contrast between how the Pickles and Lambs lived.
Walking on set every day was like stepping back in
time. It had a really eerie feeling about it.
Did you feel a weight of pressure portraying
Rose Pickles in her first screen outing? I try not
to feel pressured to fulfil people’s expectations of a
role. I had to g o with my gut feeling and portray her
in the way that felt right. Rose was someone who
had to grow up very quickly. She was responsible for
her whole family from a very young ag e, due to her
mother’s alcoholism. She held a lot of resentment
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