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The Dreamhouse: reality, construct and the sweet worth of normal life

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David Tiley

Behind the remarkable stories in Dreamhouse is an adventurous production process which touches on some key issues in documentary.

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Image: the housemates.

Artemis International, run by Brian Beaton and Celia Tait, is known for six series of Who Do You Think You Are, and a host of single documentaries which are solidly in the public interest.  It is great work, craft driven and careful, focused outwardly on audiences and broadcasters.
 
But underneath this, Celia Tait was wrestling with issues in her personal life which can leave people sobbing with rage and frustration into their pillows late at night.  Her 33 year old step-son has a brain injury from being hit by a car, and came into her life ‘not long after he was walking and talking again', in her own grave, self effacing words.

About the author

David Tiley is the editor of Screen Hub. He is a writer in screen media with a long mostly freelance career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.

Twitter: @DavidTiley1