He’s held a surfboard in Lockie Leonard, Puberty Blues and Nitram, so it took some convincing for Sean Keenan to play yet one more surfie in ABC’s new drama sequence, Barons.
However browsing can be in his blood.
“I grew up in Western Australia in Busselton. My dad surfed his complete life. I surfed most likely critically, from the age of 12 -that’s after I actually obtained hooked,” he tells TV Tonight.
“Enjoying browsing roles is one thing that, I assume can come my method however I don’t wish to play a surfer my complete life. However this was one the place I believed the story was so nice.
“It’s such an ideal story that the surf manufacturers began in Australia. Quicksilver and Ripcurl began down in Torquay, Billabong began in Queensland.
“Whereas we’re telling a fictionalised take, the essence of it's there.”
“Whereas we’re telling a fictionalised take, the essence of it's there. These guys have been simply browsing daily, and that was their existence. They began promoting wetsuits, boardies and labored out a couple of little nifty issues that that made them work higher for surfers. As the game grew, they grew these companies and swiftly they have been making huge quantities of cash.”
Barons is about in 1971, impressed by the origins of Australia’s browsing labels. Keenan performs Trotter Dwyer whose friendship with Snapper Webster (Ben O’Toole) in fledgling enterprise, Naked Ft Surf Co., is splintered by lofty ambitions.
“The tug of warfare between these pals, we jokingly say is ‘A real love story.'”
“The tug of warfare between these pals, we jokingly say is ‘A real love story.’ These two love one another – they’re pals however they've qualities in every that each of them resent, but in addition in a method, each need. I believe this concept that Trotter is available in because the outsider… all he desires is to be like Snapper. However he resents Snapper being the native man …the man who has one thing which you can’t simply replicate. He’s grown up on this city, and he’s the king,” he explains.
“Trotter is the outsider but it surely’s that high quality in him that enables him to recognise the potential of the life-style.”
The forged additionally contains Hunter Web page-Lochard, Lincoln Younes, Jillian Nguyen, George Pullar, Sophia Forrest, whereas the crew included Taylor Steele as Surf Unit Director.
“We surfed lots. They did have doubles, primarily to get the most effective waves as a result of we needed to shoot your complete time. To get the actually nice waves is a airplane journey. You gotta go to Byron or South Coast or someplace. In order that they have been flying round with the pro-surfers getting these waves,” Keenan continues.
“We obtained some fairly rattling good days on the Northern Seashores. We didn’t get prime to backside tubes or something, however we’ve had some good days of browsing. George Pullar is a very nice surfer. He’s from Queensland so he’s up there, browsing, barreling level breaks and … he’s a very achieved surfer. So we had days of collectively like browsing a warmth. It was fairly aggressive however numerous enjoyable.”
“It was only a moveable feast, greater than any job.”
The 6 half sequence, created by Michael Lawrence, John Molloy & Liz Doran, is produced by 2 Jons, Micanical Media and Fremantle. It had initially deliberate to shoot scenes in Indonesia, however was one other additionally challenged by the pandemic.
“We had script modifications, location modifications…it was only a moveable feast, greater than any job. The scripts have been altering lots as we have been capturing due to the circumstances beneath which we have been capturing.
“The group of actors I used to be working with was unbelievable. We have been like this organism that simply absorbed the modifications. I’ve identified numerous these actors for years and we’re actually shut. So it was a very nice set to be on.”
Chilly climate, together with for scenes involving nudity, was Keenan’s different problem, however he takes all of it in his stride.
“Some days, we’d be on the market and board shorts, capturing in freezing chilly water, having to say traces whenever you’ve been standing within the wind for a few hours and also you’ve obtained hypothermia setting in!
“Everybody else was locked down and we started working on the seashore”
“However we have been extremely fortunate working throughout that lockdown. Everybody else was locked down and we started working on the seashore. I wouldn’t complain an excessive amount of.
“For me, it’s concerning the story. The arc of the character, I used to be actually fascinated with exploring as an actor. So I went, ‘Okay, effectively, it’s time to carry a surfboard once more.'”
Barons screens 8:30pm Sunday on ABC (all episodes on iview following premiere).