Move over Sylvania Waters and Big Brother, SBS is about to put an Australian family under 24hr surveillance.
The Family is a fly-on-the-wall series which sees a family filmed by cameras in their home for 3 months.
Based on the 2008 UK series, which was itself a remake of a 1974 documentary series, The Family is described as one of the most technically complex documentary series attempted in Australia.
The series is the second to be produced for SBS by newly-established Shine Australia.
SBS Director of Television and Online, Matt Campbell, said, “In the first series in the UK, Firefly (Shine subsidiary) kitted out the house with 21 cameras and set up a viewing gallery and editing suite next door. The series took 5,500 hours of rushes and gave us an intimate look, over eight episodes, at family life in all of its glory.
“But this is not about the technology – it’s about complete access to the daily drama of family life – with its laughter, challenges and satisfactions and that’s what appealed to SBS.”
The casting of the series is expected to take several months and the producers will be looking for a multi-generational family, with kids and lots going on in their lives.
Mark Fennessy, CEO Shine Australia said: “The Family is gripping television which pushes the boundaries for observational documentary. From a logistical and editorial perspective it’s a massive undertaking. Shine is truly delighted to be bringing this brilliant series to SBS.”
SBS plans to air The Family in the first half of 2011.