The new eight-part drama series Bad Mothers, currently screening on Channel 9, shows GP Sarah Pooley’s so-called ‘perfect life’ transforming into a world plagued by extra-marital affairs, murder and chaos. As she tries to navigate her spiralling out of control surrounds, she finds an unlikely sisterhood and support system from a group of school mums who call themselves the Bad Mothers Club. This ripper Aussie drama from Filthy Productions and Jungle Entertainment looks at modern motherhood from five very different female perspectives and is full of fun, struggle, dirty deeds, and what it means to be a parent today juggling everything.
Enter Rosebud resident and Peninsula Film Festival director Steve Bastoni, who plays Tom Hicks, the husband of Danielle, one of the Bad Mothers. Solid and reliable, Tom is the station officer at a suburban fire station; he rescued Danielle from the top of a building and, as they say, the rest is history. Tom cherishes his happiness after losing his first wife to aggressive breast cancer. Steve explains:
“We filmed some of the show in Mornington, Brighton and Williamstown. There’s shots of the Mornington Pier in the promo trailer, although I didn’t have any scenes on the Peninsula myself. I really enjoyed it. We filmed for a couple of months after I came off the Australian-Chinese movie The Whistleblower. I’ve just finished shooting Postcards and now I’m rehearsing for Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, which will be on at the MTC. It’s great to be working so much. The years between 40 and 50 were a bit lean and I had to reinvent myself. That’s when I started the Peninsula School of Acting and the Peninsula Film Festival. Three of the cast from Bad Mothers — Tess Haubrich (Sarah Pooley), Michala Banas (Jesse McKinnon) and Don Hany (Kyle Evans) — were at the Peninsula Film Festival in Rosebud this year.”
Steve loves living on the Peninsula. He has a real soft spot for Sorrento back beach, where he learnt to surf as a kid, and loves being surrounded by water. He lives here with his wife and three children. “The set of Bad Mothers was just like being at home,” he laughs. “Being surrounded by a strong female cast. My six-year-old daughter is the boss of everything, after my wife. One thing I learnt on set was how important it was to be well-prepared, arrive early and always be first in the queue at lunch time!”
Smart thinking, Steve. Keep your eyes peeled for those bad mothers.