Peter Allen’s life was like a roller-coaster of highs and lows and the two part mini series Peter Allen – Not The Boy Next Door is exactly the same.
I spent half smiling like a loon and the rest sobbing on my couch.
Now, I love musicals but I didn’t ever get to see Boy From Oz. So although I thought I knew about Peter Allen’s life, I quickly found out what I actually knew could fit into 140 characters.
@shellyhorton1 Peter Allen: country kid, song writer & performer, Oscar winner, married Hollywood royalty, closet gay #talent
When I watched the first episode, due to go to air this Sunday at 8:40pm on Channel Seven, I wasn’t prepared for how horrible his childhood was and how amazing he was to overcome it.
Young Peter Woolnough (see I didn’t even know Allen wasn’t his real last name – sheesh) is played by 14 year old Ky Baldwin. He is spectacular as the all singing, all dancing youngster.
Growing up in Armidale, NSW in 1957, Peter projected a happy go lucky kid playing piano at the local pub for pocket money.
Rebecca Gibney plays Marion his kind and accepting mother. She is magnificent.
I could watch Rebecca every night of the week and she nails this performance.
What Peter was hiding was a horrific relationship with his alcoholic father who was violent and cold to him.
“You know how hard it is for me with you like you are?”
“Why aren’t you ever proud of me Daddy?”
“I am proud of parts of ya. But then Pete, ya know, I’m only proud of parts of myself.”
Soon after that his father takes a shot gun and kills the family dog and then himself. Leaving Peter and his mother to scrub the blood off the walls.