Actor/producer Bryan Brown argued at the National Press Club last week that streaming platforms are investing more of their revenue in Australian content.
But when asked about the prevalence of Reality TV he gave a very surprising answer.
“When my son was eight or nine, the first Survived started. I said, “We’ll look at it.” And we did. we used to watch it every wednesday night or whatever it was. It was our thing. We bonded Survived. I am so happy Survived happened. I am so glad I shared this with my son. And then my daughter liked the food,” he told her.
“Master Chef started … and you know, how I eat burgers. So, we sat down and started watching Master Chef and talked about food and whatnot for about eight weeks. Then she had to go somewhere. Overseas or something like that.
“The ninth week I turned it on,” he admitted.
“I’m involved in it. Totally. You know, I enjoy it. It’s entertainment. There are various forms of entertainment. People have difficult lives and they say, ‘Give me something that doesn’t make me think about what I’m going through right now.'”
He added, “…..about the commercial channels having to do it because it’s cheaper – hey those things need to be sorted out too.
“There is a place for this. I had so much fun with different reality television. I don’t knock it.