The drama starring Robson Green (Wire in the Blood, Casualty) and Susie Porter (East West 101, RAN: Remote Area Nurse) looks at the tradition of Brits emigrating to Australia.
But it also focuses on marital discontent between two couples. Writer Mike Bullen (Tripping Over, Cold Feet, Life Begins) also takes on a directing role for the first time.
“My wife and I moved to Australia for a variety of reasons, mostly adventure,” he said. “We both loved the country, my wife’s family had already migrated here, and our kids were of an age that if it didn’t work out we could move back to the UK and their education would not have suffered. Most importantly, as a writer, I can work from my laptop anywhere in the world. We intended to give it a go for a year. Five years on we’re citizens with no intention of returning to Blighty!”
UKTV and FOX WORLD present…
A story about starting over down under.
Statistics show that every three minutes a British national packs their bags and starts a new life overseas. A staggering one out of ten Brits has emigrated, and 1.3 million of those currently reside in their top immigration destination – Australia.
Ask any of those migrants their reason for wanting to come and their answers will involve some fairly standard responses – climate, house prices, career prospects, quality of life and cheaper education. Ask them their reasons for leaving however and the answers will be far more varied, far more personal and far more interesting…
Make or Break follows one couple’s move to Sydney, with their own special reasons for leaving the UK. Englishman Neil (Robson Green), upon discovering his wife Kate (Helen Thompson) has had an affair with a fellow teacher at her school, decides to distance himself from the source and relocates his family to Australia for a fresh start.
They move in with Kate’s sister Beth (Susie Porter) and her Australian partner Matt (Jack Finsterer) on Sydney’s northern beaches but soon discover that problems don’t necessarily improve with a change of location. Neil finds himself unable to shake the memories of Kate’s deceit and she suggests a somewhat novel solution to wipe the slate clean – he should do the same. Neil should cheat on her – and he has her full permission, support and encouragement!
What many married men may think the ultimate reprieve, Neil – hapless, hopeless and completely out of practice – struggles with the search for the woman that will either make or break his marriage.
…and he finds he doesn’t have to look as far as he thought….
Make or Break writer and director Mike Bullen is one of the 1.3 million Poms living in Australia, but is quick to comment that the story is not autobiographical!
“My wife and I moved to Australia for a variety of reasons, mostly adventure. We both loved the country, my wife’s family had already migrated here, and our kids were of an age that if it didn’t work out we could move back to the UK and their education would not have suffered. Most importantly, as a writer, I can work from my laptop anywhere in the world. We intended to give it a go for a year. Five years on we’re citizens with no intention of returning to Blighty!”
The creator of the much acclaimed Cold Feet, Life Begins and Tripping Over, this was veteran writer Mike Bullen’s first time in the director’s chair, something he seemed to enjoy: “I loved directing. It’s so much more fun than writing. For starters, you have other people to talk to. Also, as a writer, you have an infinite number of choices as to what you put on paper. As a director, although the choices are many, they’re finite, which is much more manageable. And third, as a writer, you’re pretty much on your own. As a director, you’re surrounded by good people and when in doubt you can hide behind their expertise!”
After 2 successful series of Supernova, UKTV and Fox World once again join forces to produce Make or Break. With the pedigree of Mike Bullen in place, it was inevitable that some big names would be attracted to the script and through some lucky twists in timings and schedules, a formidable international cast was assembled.
Robson Green is one of the best known faces on British television. He has been associated with some of the most celebrated dramas of recent times including Casualty, Soldier Soldier, Northern Lights and Wire in the Blood.
He became a somewhat unsuspecting pop star when in one episode of Soldier Soldier, he and Jerome Flynn sang Unchained Melody. A young but fiercely persuasive Simon Cowell spotted the pair’s potential and released it as a single.
Robson and Jerome as they were imaginatively named stayed at Number 1 in the UK Chart for 7 weeks, selling more than a million copies and making it the best-selling single of the year. Subsequently they had two further Number 1 singles and two Number 1 albums.
After his rather surreal but lucrative career progression, Robson went back to what he’s most comfortable doing and was recently in Australia promoting Wire in the Blood when he received the call from Mike Bullen. The chance to work with Mike along with the opportunity to extend his stay in the country was just too much to resist and he agreed to play the part of Neil.
Multi award winning actress Susie Porter plays the part of his sister in law, Beth. Her role in RAN won her a Best Leading Actress in a Television Drama at the AFI’s in 2006, the same year she had a role in the film The Caterpillar Wish which won her the Best Supporting Actress.
The much sought after actress appears in two new Australian series – East West 101 for SBS and East of Everything for ABC – both of which have been confirmed for a second series.
In what was an incredibly busy time for Susie, she managed to juggle the filming of Make or Break whilst also appearing in eight shows a week in the Sydney Theatre Company production, Riflemind, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Eleven 19 hour days working on two projects – What can we say, when you’re hot, you’re hot
The rest of the cast:
Helen Thomson (Stupid Stupid Man / Bastard Boys / All Saints)
Jack Finsterer (Dangerous / Kokoda / All Saints / Big Reef)
Ben Oxenbould (Hey Dad / Comedy Inc)
Rachel and Maggie Bullen (director’s daughters)
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