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Pointless coincidence.

So yesterday I was telling the massage therapist that I'd recently started watching Rake on the ABC and was heartily looking forward to the next instalment in a few hours time.

She mentioned that the star of the show, Richard Roxburgh, was in another ABC series years ago, Blue Murder. Blue Murder was a fictional account of police corruption based on real events and he played the part of Roger Rogerson (aka 'Rodger the Dodger'), a real person.

So. Later on I watched Rake and enjoyed it. Then I watched Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, the fictionalised account of the early years in the career of Ita Buttrose, who's now something of an Aussie icon.

Well. According to the story of Paper Giants, Ita Buttrose received death threats and credible reports of threats against her kids at one point. And the police officer who kept her informed and advised was none other than the same Roger Rogerson. Small world.

I guess it really is a totally meaningless coincidence but hey, it's all I've got.

Oh, but not played by the same guy. Shame that.


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Apr. 19th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
I am SERIOUSLY impressed by all of that.

I loved Rake, and Paper Giants blew me away. How good was Asher as Ita?
Apr. 19th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
She was astonishing. And changed my view of Ita forever. I only ever knew her doing the Weekly ads on telly - didn't know about her role in Cleo and had never even really thought about how radical she was in her time.

And it's probably the first time anyone's portrayed Packer as anything other than a complete bastard. (...even Packer played himself as complete bastard...).

But then I was just reading somehwere that they were thought to have had an affair at some point, and she clearly got on well with the guy when other people couldn't. I guess the actors were playing to that idea.
Apr. 19th, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
I remember her being involved with Cleo, but I guess because I was a tween/teen (I was 11 in 73) I didn't realize how radical she was.

Apr. 20th, 2011 07:19 am (UTC)
I thought Asher's performance was impressive, but Rob Carlton's was astonishing. He just *became* Kerry Packer. The mercurial temper, the capriciousness, the random acts of extraordinary generosity to valued employees and most of all, the passive/aggressive relationship with Sir Frank, who really was a complete bastard by every account.

I picked up on the Roger Rogerson thing as well and was curious if there was going to be more to the story than they eventually told. Even before he gave his name I knew he was a shifty bastard because the actor playing him was a dead ringer for a young Andrew Bolt.;-)
Apr. 20th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
Poor guy! He'll never get to play a hero.

I guess they were just playing to the audience - one of those not-really-important true facts that get us all chatting. And it worked. :-)

Rogerson still claims it was a conspiracy, apparently still considers himself to be a nice guy. Interesting that they chose to portray him as a skunk even so.
Apr. 20th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
I guess my reason for wondering why he was played as evil being that he probably (and I don't know but I'm guessing) would have come across as a nice guy to people with influence.
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