29 October 2017 | pavement-91487
An excellent, realistic story of ordinary Australia
Sunshine is the kind of TV that rarely comes along in Australia. It takes a very common goal among the South-Sudanese-Australian community in Melbourne in making it big in basketball and turns it into a very effective, engaging, and emotional story, one that includes and humanises just about everyone, whether black, white, immigrant, Australian-born, etc. It will have you feeling sorry for both criminals and racists, and I'm not saying that negatively. It embraces and showcases both the good and bad things about all of its characters, all of which are grounded heavily in reality.
The absolute best performance you will ever see from Anthony LaPaglia and decent performances from the new South-Sudanese actors. The only glaring problem is that some of the auxiliary South- Sudanese characters are very clearly just random people from the community, and their acting shows it.
That said, all of the acting is good enough that it doesn't take away from the overall strength of the production. The lead actor, Wally Elnour, is not the best of the three Sudanese leads (I'd say Deng was the best), but his work is adequate and I hope to see him develop more in the future.
Highly recommend this series and I hope to see more like this from SBS in the future; every suburb has its own tale to tell.
Additionally, I especially recommend this series to foreigners who would like a realistic depiction of what Australian urban life can be like.