A podcast interview of mother and daughter creative team Julie Money and Grace Truman
This is a Dark Matter Zine podcast and I’m your host Nalini Haynes. Today I am interviewing the star Grace Truman and director Julie Money of the much-awarded webseries Amazing Grace. Jeff Truman was a writer and actor who worked on various projects including Underbelly and Superman Returns but he was also a dad. When he died in 2014, he left Grace, his then 10-year-old daughter, grieving for him. Grace worried that her memories of her dad were fading so she and her mother, director Julie Money, collaborated to produce this series celebrating Jeff’s life while also delving into social issues confronting teenagers.
Before working on Amazing Grace, Julie Money accumulated quite a list of credits and several awards. She’s worked on everything from Police Rescue to Home and Away.
Tell us about this series.
What was it like having someone else portray your father?
Why is it so issues focused?
These episodes feel like excerpts from a tv series with longer episodes, something like Grange Hill or Degrassi High. Why are they so short and are you proposing a larger series?
In this series you mention Australian novels I am out with lanterns by Emily Gale and Just a queen by Jane Caro. With the wealth of fiction and a global audience, why choose these two novels?
One final question. I’ve chosen this question because the premise of your show is, effectively, that Grace’s imaginary friend is her father. Who would win: Drop Dead Fred or The Goblin King from David Bowie’s Labyrinth?
When I last spoke to Grace and Julie they were working with the powers that be to ensure that Amazing Grace is available through schools. However, it’s available online and has its own website.
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