Growing up gay in Nambour
BENJAMIN Law's warm and humorous portrayal of growing up gay and Asian in the suburbs of Nambour was brought to life on televisions across the nation on Thursday night.
The first episode of a six-part mini-series, The Family Law, based on Law's memoir of the same name, will air on SBS at 8.30pm.
Starring alongside renowned Australian actors Fiona Choi (The Newsroom, Homeland) and Anthony Brandon Wong (The Matrix) will be a cast of talented newcomers including the Sunshine Coast's Loretta Kung.
She plays Aunty Daisy, one of Ben's mother's best friends, who only speaks Cantonese throughout the series.
Kung said speaking fluent Cantonese was key to her scoring a part in the show and she jumped at the opportunity to be part of the project.
"I really love the book. I could relate to the book very much, it's very funny," she said. "And it's written by a Chinese boy who's grown up in Australia.
"I grew up in Darwin and I was born in Hong Kong so growing up is very much trying to work out where you fit in between the two cultures."
Kung lives at Maroochy River, near Yandina, and has forged a successful acting career.
She has appeared in many TV commercials in Australia and overseas and has starred in independent feature films.
"I've lived on the Sunshine Coast for about 10 years now, so a lot of the locations that Benjamin mentions in his book I was familiar with," she said.
Kung said Aunty Daisy was a very judgmental character who always delivered her insults with a smile.
"I could have experienced some similar characters in my life, particularly in the Chinese community," she said.
She praised the series for providing a variety of leading roles to Asian actors.
"For ethnic actors to land a good leading role is hard. In film and television, even theatre, it can be hard because I suppose people aren't as open to that yet," she said.
"The roles that I get are quite stereotyped.
"The Family Law is an opportunity for a bit of cultural diversity on television and I hope it will give ideas to other directors and producers so that they can cast more ethnic actors in their productions."
Trystan Go stars as the young Benjamin Law, a slightly self-obsessed, clarinet-playing middle child striving for showbiz stardom while trying to keep his parents' marriage from falling apart.