REVIEW: FILTHY RICH – SEASON 2

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MAIN CAST

Miriama Smith (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Emma Fenton (Bridge to Terabithia)
Taylor Hall (Venus and Mars)
Alex Tarrant (800 Words)
Josh McKenzie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Luciane Buchanan (The Blue Rose)
Shushila Takao (The Last Saint)
Mike Edward (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)
Siobhan Page (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Thereasa Healey (Jubilee)
Mark Mitchinson (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Bonnie Soper (The Map Reader)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Xana Tang (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Matthew Walker (Home and Away)
Tania Anderson (We’re Here To Help)
Becky McEwan (Fork)
Joe Folau (King Kong)
Christel Chapman (Auckward Love)
Katrina Browne (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Teuila Blakely (Samoan Wedding)
Emily Robins (Slide)
Taylor Barrett (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Jay Saussey (Hercules and The Lost Kigndom)
Calvin Tuteao (Once Were Warriors)
Kirk Torrance (Tatau)
Ben Black (Black Christmas)

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By comparison, the Truebridge family in new drama series, Filthy Rich  seem positively plebeian with their one swimming pool and regular old champagne.  The premise is this one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men has died and left shares in his business to his three illegitimate children.  It throws diverse characters together and is infused with ready-made tension and conflict. Season 1 ended with Savannah being thrown off a building by fisher, this season picks up directly after those events and she surprisingly survived it, but is In a bad way eventually learning to walk again and is back on her feet in a few episode’s, thou that may be stretching actual logic,, the show still remains an intriguing show with brady scheming and trying to get back on the top.filthy-rich-s2-ep4e34565315966531596_jpg_2017-08-01T21_00_13+12_00We also have Savannah being a double agent of sorts to try and get revenge on fisher. with shocking scandals, a few deaths, this show still brings the drama and shows it has staying power, with a shocking season 2 ending hopefully we get a third year only time will tell.

REVIEW: FILTHY RICH – SEASON 1

 

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MAIN CAST

Miriama Smith (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Emma Fenton (Bridge to Terabithia)
Taylor Hall (Venus and Mars)
Alex Tarrant (800 Words)
Josh McKenzie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Simon Prast (When Love Comes)
Luciane Buchanan (The Blue Rose)
Shushila Takao (The Last Saint)
Mike Edward (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Erroll Shand (Deathgasm)
Luciane Buchanan (The New Legend of Monkey)
Cristina Serban Ionda (Out of Season)
Jodie Rimmer (Young Hercules)
Siobhan Page (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Xana Tang (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Nick Davies (Coverband)
Tania Anderson (We’re Here To Help)
Carl Bland (The Warrior’s Way)
Jay Simon (Shortland Street)
Joe Folau (King Kong)
Becky McEwan (Power Ranges Super Ninja SteeL)
Emily Robins (The Elephant Princess)
Bonnie Soper (The Devil Dared Me To)
Jared Turner (Underworld 3)
Simon Prast (When Love Comes)
Thereasa Healey (Jubilee)
Mark Mitchinson (Power Rangers Dino Charge)

By comparison, the Truebridge family in new drama series, Filthy Rich  seem positively plebeian with their one swimming pool and regular old champagne.  The premise is this one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men has died and left shares in his business to his three illegitimate children.  It throws diverse characters together and is infused with ready-made tension and conflict.

The rich man’s widow Brady Truebridge (Miriama Smith), is a woman so unpleasant and aggressive she could start a fight in a Buddhist retreat.  She’s obviously less than delighted about her dead husband’s illegitimate kids, “stray sperm that should have met a sodding condom”, is her verdict. Brady’s stepson John Junior (Josh McKenzie) does nothing to warm you to the wealthy.  He’s all  overt displays of wealth and a moral compass so non-existent he barely blinks when he realises he’s slept with his half-sister.  I’d say he’s a cliché, but I’ve seen rich kids on Instagram and, based on that, he actually feels sadly convincing.

Into this nest of designer-clad vipers, walk Savannah, Vader and Joe – the three illegitimate kids. Their differing attitudes towards the inheritance quickly become apparent, with Savannah after more cash and Joe only interested in finding out about his own birth mother.  Meanwhile, laid back Vader just seems to go with the flow, but considering he’s impersonating his critically ill foster brother…well he’s got his own problems.

It feels a little bit soapy in parts and at times Brady Truebridge put me in mind of Elizabeth Hurley in The Royals, in terms of fierce matriarchs.  And that’s not really a good thing.  It also has its predictable moments – only someone who has never watched television would have failed to predict Vader’s injured brother impostor storyline. But it’s fun.  It’s got pantomime evil characters, lots of glossy settings and plenty of secrets and conflicts in the offing.  It’s also a 20 episode series so there’s plenty of time to develop the story. Renewed for a second series which means there’s more drama to come
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REVIEW: JUBILEE

 

CAST

Cliff Curtis (Training Day)
Theresa Healey (Filthy Rich)
Jaime Passier-Armstrong (Power Rangers Ninja Storm)
Charley Murphy Samau (The Tribe)
Hori Ahipene (Maddigan’s Quest)
Kevin Smith (Xena)
Taungaroa Emile (Whale Rider)
Ross Duncan (Young Hercules)
Marise Wipani (Shortland Street)
Stephen Tozer (City Life)
Liddy Holloway (Hercules: TLJ)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Bruce Hopkins (Housebound)

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Jubilee is a funny, warm-hearted comedy set in heartland New Zealand. It is the story of Billy Williams, his family and the small town of Waimatua – the sweet potato capital of the world. Our hero Billy Williams may be hopeless, but he’s no loser. He’s a likeable guy who’s always volunteering to help out where he can, and he’s a great Dad to Lucille and Walter. But unfortunately he never finishes a job and is the world’s worst procrastinator – much to his wife Pauline’s dismay. Billy’s opportunity to redeem himself comes when Agnes Morrison, the driving force behind the Waimatua School 75th Jubilee, is killed in a tragic bovine semen extraction accident. Billy gets lumbered with the task and he’s determined to prove his worth as the new Jubilee Chairman. He’ll organize the mother of all Jubilees! Meanwhile, the impending celebration and the thought of those who will return to Waimatua forces Pauline to question the choices she has made in her life. While Billy fulfills his desire to be the big man around town, Pauline starts renovating herself – finishing all those uncompleted jobs the way she wants. A new woman is in the making…. For a small town in decline, the Jubilee gives everyone something to look forward to and Billy wins a new-found respect in Waimatua.The story has a simple, even classical, comedy arc and Hurst and writer Michael Bennett, working from Nepi Solomon’s novel, don’t try anything fancy bringing it to the screen. The absence of anything greatly original is one of the film’s chief virtues. It’s so genial and self-confident that it carries itself along. It’s buoyed up, too, by terrific performances.