I’ve been a massive fan of ABC2’s Please Like Me since it aired with its first season. It’s just enjoyable, sweet, clever, raw at times and it makes me laugh out loud and cringe for the characters minutes later. Series three can’t come soon enough for me, I’m hooked.
How did you source the item for the house shared by Josh, Tom, Claire and Geoffrey? Did you visit op shops, antique shops or garage sales or is there a secret ABC Aladdin’s cave hidden somewhere?
There is an excellent Aladdin’s cave at the ABC that was the source for a lot of the props & dressings. This was particularly as the show is very low-budget but also because they have some fantastic stuff that was perfect for the show. There was a lot of ebaying going on as well as op shopping and hiring from prop stores such as Prop-A-Ganda & The Prop Store.
What sort of time frame did you have to put the house together?
I think the pre-production on the first series was about 5 weeks but that’s to do everything for the whole series. We also didn’t get the actual house location till down the track a bit. Once we did, I think we had access for about 4 days before filming, firstly to move everything in the house out into storage, then wallpaper & paint, then move all our furniture & dressings in.
Did you have any favourite pieces that seemed to suit the show’s feel?
I loved the dog collection & a couple of them in particular. I also loved the Mickey Mouse phone that is from the ABC props store. Unfortunately we were asked to remove it from set because of copyright concerns. I loved a lot of the pictures we had as well, again a lot from the ABC store.
What was the best bit about being involved in the show?
I think working with Josh. He’s such a smart guy and thinks in a really interesting way. I also loved working with the director Matt Saville and of course the wonderful art department team. It’s all about the people.
Are you an op shopper? If so can you tell us what you enjoy most about op shopping.
I don’t do as much as I would like, it’s mostly others in the art department that get out and about. I’m stuck in the office or on recce’s quite a bit. That’s why I tend to buy on ebay. It isn’t quite the same as seeing & feeling the object though, it only works for some things, I try and get out on the weekends though
Huge thanks Penelope for taking time out of your weekend to answer a random e-mail from me.
Does anyone else want to see what’s in this ABC Aladdin’s Cave or is it just me?
Please Like me can be seen on ABC2 at the moment on a Tuesday at 9.30pm or you can catch up on ABCIview