Brenton Thwaites is going to be a star. He’s hot, fit (he did chin-ups before our interview commenced), he’s down to earth and he can certainly act, scoring a central role in Foxtel’s sizzling new 10-part Brissie series, SLiDE. He’s had a small role in the latest Sea Patrol season and also scoring an upcoming stint in Home & Away whilst awaiting word of a second season, should we love the first. Having met Cairns born, QUT graduate Brenton a number of times and seen him work on set, his personality and ethics shine through. Hopefully, we won’t see him tending bar around town anymore.
SLiDE: It’s hot, it’s new and it’s local – can you outline the premise?
The basis is that it’s a group of teens who sort of meet in the first episode and the rest is about their journeys and supporting each other… They’re kinda like urban terrorists skating their way through Brisbane and it’s a coming of age story for seventeen-year-olds.
It’s an Aussie show; it’s a Queensland show… A lot of the characters I’ve known someone like that… The way they talk and their urban language we all kinda knew – it’s relevant for teenagers… We’re not going back three hundred years, we’re amongst it now and it’s to our advantage.
The five main characters
Luke stands back a bit and watches. He’s a cool, accepted kid. Some friends he can love and help him mature.
Scarlett moved to Brisbane from Melbourne and her journey is all about fitting in with friends and finding the group. Each of the characters brings the group. Her character has a party where we all meet.
Eva is the cool, artistic type and she and Luke knew each other beforehand. She doesn’t give a stuff. She feels comfortable and she’s allowed to be herself and express herself.
Ed and Tammy have known each other since they were small children and they’ve got this love thing/virginity pact. Those two always create tension and release tension in the group. A Luke and Tammy thing develops later. It’s happened with me and so many girls before – you’re best friends with someone and don’t know if you want to take the next step and if you should. That’s what SLiDE is about, it explores things about you and your personality.
Ben was the best. I remember asking him about relaxing and when you’re nervous. He was open and a really awesome dude.
Did shooting on location enhance the experience?
Totally man, I loved it. Every day we were going places… I thought I knew Brisbane but every day was totally different. I’m also kinda working on Home & Away and a lot of that’s shot in studios so I am appreciating SLiDE so much more… Bogga Road jail was MAD! It was one of the best places to shoot. Luke and Eva’s houses in Sherwood – beautiful. The New Farm stuff was cool. The Laundromat was one of the best. The stuff in Family was fun; the music was pumping, it was hard to remember that they were all extras when everyone was going wild.
Why do you believe our audience should tune in?
SLiDE is new, fresh and Aussie made. It’s easy to say SLiDE is like Skins, but that’s bullshit. It relates to everyone. My Mum loves it, and everyone I’ve shown adores it. You see the bridge and you’re like “That’s the bridge” and it’s the same everywhere.
You can catch SLiDE, Tuesdays at 7:30 on FOX8
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