Meet the Characters In Your New TV Obsession
If there’s anything Australian television does well, it’s gripping, emotional drama. For some reason, watching a group of loved ones go through, and grow from, unspeakable trauma is a rite of passage for us. Make that group a family, and hone in on the relationship between a mother and daughter (or granddaughter), and we absolutely have that NAILED.
Oh, and if it involves a farm? Entire generations will be seated to watch.
Based on that description, a bunch of iconic shows probably sprang to mind, but it has been a minute since we had a new one that we can sink our teeth into. We’ve been starved of a show, encompassing all of the above, that feels like an event. Well, we’re happy to report that the wait is finally over.
“The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart”, out now on Prime Video, is going to grip you and not let go. With an all-star Aussie cast, led by an international film icon, and stunning visuals, Prime Video’s newest Aussie offering has the stuff, just like “Class of ‘07” and “Deadloch” before it, to take the country by storm.
Following a young girl who endures a tragic childhood, and then takes on that tragedy throughout adulthood, “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart” is at once stunning as it is suspenseful. But who is Alice Hart, and who will she meet as she journeys into adulthood and across the gorgeous Australian landscape? Before diving into the first three episodes on Prime Video now, with a weekly episode drop until September 1, get to know the characters the whole country will fall in love with.
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Aussie icon Alycia Debnam-Carey teams up with newcomer Alyla Browne to take on the titular role of Alice Hart, portraying the 24-year-old and 9-year-old Alice respectively. They both guide the audience as she unravels secrets within secrets, kept tight by her family’s past. Alice’s world is turned upside down when tragedy strikes, setting her on an emotional rollercoaster ride of self-discovery and healing.
As she grows older, she unearths the power of the namesake flowers, native to the beautiful Australian setting, and their meanings, finding solace and strength in their language. Her journey reaches an intense climax, and you can’t help but root for her the entire time as she not only unpacks generational trauma but deals with issues confronting her in the present day.
If you’re going to make an evocative drama that’s packed with suspense in Australia, you call up Asher Keddie.
In “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart”, Kedder takes on the role of Sally Morgan, a local librarian who tries to comfort a young Alice out of concern. While their meeting at first feels coincidental, we gradually learn that Sally, and her husband John, have a historically deep involvement with the Harts – one that June would rather be without.
After enduring said trauma as a child (no spoilers!), Alice goes to live with her grandmother, June, played by the iconic Sigourney Weaver (whose Australian accent is infallible –– kudos!). June harbours a deep connection to flowers and their secrets and then imparts that wisdom and knowledge to Alice.
However, as Alice peels back the petals of her family’s past, it seems that June has been withholding more about the Hart family than previously led on. The more we learn about the Hart family, the less we feel like we know where the story is headed, which is what makes “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart” so riveting.
Helmed by yet another icon of the Australian screen, the always-brilliant Leah Purcell delivers a memorable performance as Twig North, June’s life and work partner. There’s comfort and warmth in Twig that feels refreshing amid all the secrecy and uncertainty. However, as the story goes on, we discover that Twig is fighting trauma of her own, but pushes it aside to look after those around her. As we follow Alice through her life, so does Twig, and it leads her to places she’d long forgotten about, or even repressed.
June and Twig’s adoptive daughter, and thereby Alice’s ‘aunt’, Candy Blue is brought to life by the incredible Frankie Adams. We learn how Candy came to be in June’s care through a story June shared, but as the truth slowly unearths, Candy realises that she can’t just believe everything she’s told. There’s a wonder and a whimsy to Candy that, even in the thick of some tough confrontations, helps bring a light to “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart” and remind us there’s hope for not just her, but for all the show’s protagonists.
Find out the secrets wrapped with “The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart” in the first three episodes now on Prime Video, with the rest of the season dropping weekly. Start your 30-day free trial of Prime Video today.
Watch the trailer for "The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart" below.