NEIGHBOURS to film scenes at 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Long-running Australian drama Neighbours will be partnering with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, in 2019.
Cast and crew will be marching to celebrate equality and inclusiveness, and to thank the LGBTQI community.
As part of the partnership between Neighbours and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the show will shoot scenes during the Parade festivities for a storyline that will feature in upcoming episodes. Allowing Neighbours to showcase Mardi Gras to a global audience.
Neighbours introduced the first regular gay character to Ramsay Street in 2011 and have maintained diversity in the regular cast ever since, currently with three core characters from the LGBTQI community.
In 2018 Neighbours made history with the first same-sex marriage for an Australian television drama following the landmark change to the Marriage Act when its much-loved characters Aaron (Matt Wilson) and David (Takaya Honda) took their vows. Their wedding celebrant was played by marriage equality activist and legendary comedian/actress Magda Szubanski.
The partnership between Neighbours and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is acknowledging the importance of high-profile representation of the LGBTQI community in Australian television story-telling. The Neighbours parade float will be celebrating the marriage of Aaron and David and the on-air community that embraces their union.
Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO Asia Pacific, Fremantle, says: “This is such an important moment for Fremantle and Neighbours. We are elated to be a partner of Mardi Gras and to proudly share our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusiveness. We’re humbled by the opportunity to celebrate with the LGBTQI community.”
Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to see LGBTQI representation on one of Australia’s most iconic TV shows, Neighbours. It’s so important that our community are able to see themselves in popular culture, and we’re looking forward of course to seeing the Mardi Gras Parade become a part of the Neighbours cannon.”
Jason Herbison, Executive Producer, Neighbours, says: “Everyone is welcome on Ramsay Street. We can’t wait to stand among our brothers and sisters at Mardi Gras and share our commitment to equality. Television is powerful and we’ll also be filming a storyline around the parade. Love is love and it’s here to stay on Neighbours.”