Last year, The Family Law season one premiered on SBS and did something no television show in Australian history had done before.
It centered upon the lives of a Chinese-Australian family.
Despite the fact one in three Australian families are not white-Anglo Saxon, almost every face we see on television looks exactly the same. The diversity and multiculturalism that makes up the tapestry of Australian life is not reflected in the current range of television we produce and watch.
On this week’s episode of Mamamia’s TV podcast The Binge, hosts Laura Brodnik and Gemma Garkut spoke to the creator and inspiration behind The Family Law, author, screenwriter and journalist Benjamin Law.
LISTEN: Entertainment Editor Laura Brodnik and Head of News Gemma Garkut chat with Benjamin Law on this week’s episode of The Binge.
The blatant lack of diversity currently on our screens is not, Law says, a “PC [politically correct] cosmetic, feel good discussion to be having.
“I actually think it’s kind of a darker conversation than that. I think it’s why have non-white Australians been excluded systematically from Australian screens for a long time? Just knowing that makes me feel uncomfortable. Not as a TV maker, but also as a TV viewer and kind of as an Australian as well.”
Historically, Law says, most of the people in power in the television industry have been Anglo Saxon.